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.
Also, I invite you to join me on FB @ http://www.facebook.com/laurasjourneyofhope.com.