Monday, March 12, 2012

Hope Stone for a Friend of a Friend

It's a question of priorities.

Hope is a priority. Sharing hope with someone who needs it is a priority. As a cancer survivor who can still remember days with not quite enough hope, I find that sharing hope with others facing cancer is a priority with me.

This Hope Stone is for a friend of a friend. I don't know my friend's friend, and I don't need to. All I need to know is that she is facing cancer and that she may have times when she may not be able to summon up enough hope within herself. So I will send her this Hope Stone to let her know that there are many of us standing with her and supporting her spirit as she undergoes treatment.

Glass stones with the word "Hope" etched on the top are given to survivors at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. When they are ready, survivors are encouraged to share their Hope Stone with someone else facing cancer. I mounted this Hope Stone and embellished it with extra wishes, hopes, dreams, and prayers in the form of beads and stitches.

You can see some of the other Hope Stones I've embellished here.

And the priority--Embellishing this Hope Stone was more important to me than completing my February BJP on time. If you have a problem with that, DO NOT let me know!

Today I'm celebrating 11 years as a cancer survivor. I need to find some chocolate.


Sandy said...

How perfect. Yes, it is much more important than finishing the Feb. BJP. I make chemo caps for the same reason and give them at the clinic. WE don't need to know who gets the things, we just need to pass it on.
Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Dee D said...

What a wonderful piece and message (a far more important project to work on).

aprilZ said...

With you all the way. I've been through it twice in the last 8 years and am very grateful to be here. A star-shaped piece of rose quartz is very special to me as it was a spontaneous gift from a caring friend.

Linda Kittmer said...

How wonderfully thoughtful of you. Kudos!

Robin said...

Every kind of bravo in the world for you, Marty! To share hope is a huge gift... you give it even in the words and deed of your post. Robin A.