I am sharing my story and the stories of OTHERS. I hope to encourage and inspire YOU.
On December 26, 2008, my life changed forever. I was 47 years old when I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I did not think this would ever happen to me. In all reality, it did. By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer was Stage 3a and Grade 3, a very aggressive form of cancer. The silver lining in all of this is that it was triple positive cancer.
When you receive a diagnosis of cancer, your life changes forever. From that point on, you are known as the one who has cancer. Some people deal with it by talking to everyone about every detail. That just wasn’t me. I prayed, spoke as if I was already healed and immersed myself in worship. I am a woman of faith and I put my trust in God to bring about His divine will.
It took years for me to be able to talk about my diagnosis and progress without tearing up. Eventually, I became the principal at my own school. I began to share my story with those who needed words of encouragement. Inner healing began to take place every time I reached out to help others.
During that time in my life, Origami Owl Custom Jewelry found me. With the assistance of one of my teachers, I designed the locket in the picture above. Wearing my custom locket gave me voice when I had no voice. I chose each of the charms because they have special meaning to me:
- Pink Ribbon – Symbol of Breast Cancer
- Cross – My hope is in the Lord.
- Pink Hope oval – I was speaking ‘hope’ over my situation. (positive attitude)
- Sparkle Pink Heart – I love anything pink and sparkly.
- Blessed Plate – I am blessed.
In October, 2014, I began to share my story through my Facebook page and on my blog. The purpose for my Facebook page is to: inspire, encourage and empower. I recently reconnected with Origami Owl to discover that their Mission Statement embraces the very purpose I started my Facebook page.
“Our mission is to be a force for good; to love, inspire & motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams & empower them to make a difference in the lives of others.”
I recently became a designer with Origami Owl to tell my story and to continue to be a force for good, inspiration and to make a difference in the lives of others.
Every story is unique and important. I invite you to visit my new website and create your story @ http://www.laurastarner.OrigamiOwl.com.
Story submitted by Ashley Dent:
Mixed metal heart dangle – represents her three children
Hummingbird – reminds her of her grandma and her love for humming birds
Hand with heart – her favorite childhood story – The Kissing Hand
Rose – Reminds her of her mom’s house because she had a rose bush
Autism Awareness Heart – Represents her son who is autistic.
Antique Cameo – Her best friend chose for her because Ashley loves antiques
Ashley loves the Hostess Exclusive Tear Drop locket and everyone compliments her on it.
This locket is special because it represents a very difficult time in my life.
The letters represent my three sons. I remember the miracles in their lives and saw God’s hand on their lives.
The cross reminds me of God’s love.
The Bible represents a time when I had no faith and I stood on God’s word.
During this time I lost both of my parents so I have a ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ heart to remember them. This locket is a reminder of how good God is and everything he brought me through.
I love this locket because it represents the 28 years I have been married to the love of my life.
The key represents the key to my heart that my husband holds.
The infinity symbol stands for our endless love that goes on forever.
No love would be complete without the X’s&O’s (hugs and kisses).
My name is Reneé Wade
and this is my story.
I am a World Missionary to Israel
I rely on my faith in Christ and live that
daily by loving on folks all over the world.
My family is known as “The Wade Party of Eight” as I have six children who have ministered along side of us.
I married my High School sweetheart and best friend.
I am the proud Mom of a US Airman,
a US Army National Guardsman,
and a US Army soldier
Love God, my husband, my kiddos and my country.
The cross is for my faith in God.
The pink heart is for my compassion for others with breast cancer.
The word ‘hope’ stands for always having HOPE.
The pink ribbon is in honor those who lost their lives to breast cancer.
The pink crystal is my reminder to stay grounded and stay in faith that God has this and every part of my life in his plan.