Our family stood beside our Mom, Mary Lou Davis, for 4.5 years as she bravely fought State 4 ovarian cancer. Every year for birthdays and Christmas, I would purchase for her a piece of jewelry referencing ovarian cancer in a show of support. Ovarian Cancer certainly wasn't who Mom was, she was a beautiful example of Christian faith and family. I was anticipating what gift I would give for Christmas in 2013 and had saved options on a Pinterest board (my guilty obsession). Much to my sadness, Mom went home to be with the Lord September 13, 2013. The morning of her funeral, I could not sleep. So I surfed my Pinterest boards at 3 a.m. and came across the bracelet I wanted to get her for Christmas that simply said "Be Brave". It made me so sad to realize I couldn't give it to her as planned. Then it dawned on me, I sure could use that message, and so could my sister, and my Mom's little sister. So I bought 3 of them with teal bands (the ovarian cancer color) at 3 a.m. on that Monday. They arrived on Thursday and when I got home from work I excitedly opened the package and LOVED them! I put mine on and immediately took one to my aunt, and then to my sister at the local soccer field. All of us loved our bracelets. I was piddling with mine, taking it on and off, deciding which way it should be facing, which arm to wear it on, etc. I had to leave to meet friends, so off I went to my next stop. When I arrived, I immediately held out my wrist to show them my beautiful new bracelet and IT WAS GONE. I didn't have it on 2 hours and I lost it. I ran to hunt for it in my car. No luck. I called my sister and had my family still at the field hunt for it. She had others join in the search, but no luck. I was just sick. I knew me messing with it caused the loss because I seriously could not stop fiddling with it and I was REALLY mad at myself.
The next day was 1 week since the time my Mom passed. As I was getting ready for work, I reflected on how much my life changed in a week. The person who always had been my strongest supporter and my hero was gone. I took a little detour on my way to work and drove to the soccer field that foggy morning. Soccer fields are a little eerie when it's foggy at 7:20 a.m. and nobody else is there. I sat in my car and cried because I was really missing Mom. I said out loud "Mom, I really want to be brave for you". I got out of my car, and walked out on the soccer field, looked down and picked up my bracelet! It made me cry more, and it made me laugh. Out loud I said through tears "I hear you Mom. I will be brave!" I got back in my car and the clock read 7:32, which was the time 1 week ago Mom passed. Mom talked to me through a bracelet! I miss her more than I ever thought was even possible, but I can do this--I will be brave.
So I'm starting to sell Bravelets as a means to support our local NW Ohio Ovarian Cancer support group. You see, this disease not only took my Mom, it took my precious Grandma Lawrence (Mom's Mom) several years ago as well. For 4 years those Ovarian Cancer Walks were so memorable. To be there and walk with my Mom, hold her hand, to pass by the sign that honored my Gram, to show Mom our family is right there taking every step through this journey with her--those days were gifts. With every piece of jewelry purchased from the NW Ohio Ovarian Cancer Connection Brave Page, $10 will be donated to this organization. They do wonderful things.
Think about it. Who in your life needs a word of encouragement? Who needs a reminder to BE BRAVE? Maybe it's someone else, or maybe you're like me and that person is YOU.
I'm a lot like my Momma in that I am very strong in my faith. If there is something I can pray for you about, please message me. But Be Brave. God has a plan and it's always better than what we see. We may not understand it now, but our job is to trust. Sometimes that's easier said than done. Boy oh boy, I get that.
Thanks for taking the time to ready my story. Be Blessed. And Be Brave.
PS - and learn the signs of Ovarian Cancer -- it's the disease that whispers.
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