Saturday, November 10, 2012

My Journey with Apline Flower "The Traveling Bracelet"

I have to start this by saying the universe is a strange place and it seems to always know what I need and be there to give it to me.
Only a handful of people have known what has really been going on in my life the last few months.  It has been a very hard year for me because of losing so many friends to cancer and losing my precious little girl Coco who was a Chocolate Lab and 15 years old when she died.
I had never heard of "The Traveling Bracelets" until my friend Kerrie Slade showed me the beautiful bracelet that was sent to her by someone.  She had it with her for a week and it helped her in a lot of different ways, one being her mother who was dying from cancer.  She took pictures and blogged about it, I loved reading what was going on and where she would take her wonderful guest (Deruta the bracelet) to next.
I have been so busy with my new shop and working seven days a week that I have lost touch with what is going on in the world, so it was wonderful to hear about all of the bracelets and how it started.  Sig Wynne-Evans had cancer and made a bracelet while she was recovering and thought it would be wonderful of put good energy into her bracelet and mail it to someone who was in need of good energy and light in their life, so she mailed it to someone and then that person mailed it to someone and this is how it began.  I think Sig has 14 bracelets traveling around the world now, yes the world!  They go everywhere in the world and are still finding their way to new homes for a week and then they move on to someone else in need.
Corinne Loomer is a good friend of mine and out of the blue, called me a few weeks ago and said she had one of Sig's bracelets and wanted to know if I would like to have Alpine Flower (the bracelet) for a week, I told her I would love it!
When Corinne came to my shop and handed me the bracelet I wanted to start crying, first because it was so beautiful and second because of what it meant to me.  I told Corinne she had no idea how much it meant to me because my Doctor thought I had ovarian cancer.
Alpine has been helping me with my shop and Doctor visits and all the wonderful tests that they want to do, she has been a good friend and a good listener!  My Doctor called me last night to tell me that my blood tests were elevated and she wanted me to go see an Oncologist.  So now my new journey begins and Alpine has been at my side.  When I called Sig to tell her that I may have cancer she said to keep the bracelet until the end of the month, which I said thank you to her.  I am hoping that my new Doctor will let Alpine go into surgery with me, maybe they can wrap her up in something sterile and she will be with me.  I feel like Sig and all of the women who have worn her are standing with me and around me like a protective barrier keeping me in white light, keeping the dark away from me.
Over the last few years I have become a very private person not really letting to many people into my life because I am very tired of being hurt.  I love people and trust them to much, I am trying to find a healthy balance so that I am not hurt so much.  I have always felt like I needed to prove to people that I could be a good friend and that if I did enough for them or cared enough for them that they would like me, when in fact what I have finally learned is that I am a good person and it is not me who should be proving anything but that they need to prove to me they can be a good friend to me.
Here are some pictures of Alpine Flower, I will be posting more as our journey continues.  I feel like I am going to be fine and that they have caught this early enough that it will be alright, I need to keep good thoughts in my head and around me.


This is Corinne handing me Alpine.


Alpine driving home with me.


Alpine helping me put beads out at work.


Dr. Karamitsos talking with Alpine before our examination.


Alpine waiting for our examination.


Alpine and me had our blood taken.

This is all for now but I will be writing about the new adventures of Alpine and Kandra in a few days.
Sending everyone love and light!
Here is a link to Sigs blog,  Http://travelingbracelets.blogspot.com 

52 comments:

  1. Dear Kandra - I am so blessed to have you in my life. I love you.

    Kerrie ♥

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  2. I'm so sorry , but trust in God and I'm sure everything will go away. I feel your pain. Greetings and love from Puerto Rico.

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  3. Wishing you strength. Praying for you xxxxxx

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  4. Sending prayers and good energy your way. I understand the trust thing. Focus on yourself and get better.

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    1. I I understand also and thank you I'm going to try.

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  5. Huge hugs. Tons and tons of love from Vermont to you... I am so glad you have had Alpine with you. And you're right - all of those ladies are standing with you, and helping to keep the light bright for you. xxxxxx

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    1. When I wear it I really can feel them call me crazy.
      Thank you so much

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  6. ++++++++ ENERGY AND THOUGHTS. The traveling bracelets are an awesome idea and I know Alpine will ADD to the STRENGTH you have!

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  7. I know what you mean about the traveling bracelets; they bring healing and comfort. I loved having one! Sending healing thoughts and good energy to you - if there is anything I can do to help, just call. Love you!!!!

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  8. Kandra, I love you and am here for you. You are an amazing woman and my very dear friend.

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    1. I can't even put into words what you mean to me my dear friend! Thank you for going on this journey with me it means more than you will ever know.

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  9. Kandra, Sending you lots of love and good energy.
    We will be thinking about you.
    Marcie and Greg

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    1. Thank you my good friend, I think you need to do a special dance for cancer but have Greg video it :)
      I still have to laugh because that is good for the soul plus dancing helped you so much with your life. Hugs and kisses back to you both.

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  10. Kandra,

    May Alpine give you strength and comfort. Please keep her by your side for as long as you feel you need her. You need her, keep her as you see fit. Know that I am thinking of you and sending you all the positive energy and thoughts as I can. Love and hugs to you, sweet lady

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    1. Sig you are such a special woman and so glad to call you friend! I hope my Dr. will let me take her in to surgery. Have a wonderful time on your trip and I will send you lots of love and light.

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  11. Kandra you got a lot done after are phone call! What you wrote is just beautiful very empowering! Sending you loving energy !

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  12. Corrine I love you so much, you a very special person and I hope you never forget that!

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  13. I love you so much my beautiful friend and I know you have the strength it will take to get you thru this along with all the people who love and admire you, so many more than you know.

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    1. Oh my dear friend we are on another journey together. I can't say that life is boring I think more like a roller coaster! You know how much you mean to me and with you and all my other friends in my life I am already a winner!

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  14. Hugs from me and my beading friends in the Bay area. You are a strong and wonderful person and will get through this.
    Love,
    Fae

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    1. Dear Fae,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and will be expecting a big hug from you on your next journey to Creative Castle!

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  15. My darling friend! It was wonderful talking with you and I can tell from your voice how positive you are! All these years of friendship and respect have been so important to me...I love you so much. Hang tough, Chica and know that the "little shit" and I are surrounding you with love and light. Biggest smooches. Annie

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  16. Annie my heart hurts for one of your wonderful hugs! You tell that "little shit" he better get his little butt up out of bed and get it home where it belongs!
    Annie your love and friendship has meant a lot to me over the years and I am very thankful for you my dear friend! If that "little shit" wasn't so sick I would have you come out and take care of me again like when I had my knee surgery.
    You have always been there for me my love and want to be there for you also!
    Sending you back love and light!

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  17. I am so sorry you have yo go through this bit with all your wonderful friends and all the positive energy you are getting you will be done. You and I have never met, but I know a lot of the people you know. God bless you girl!

    Cheri George

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  18. Thank you Cheri I need all the good energy I can get.

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  19. You will be in my prayers continually. I know you will come through this challenge as you have many others. Wish I could get over there to give you a hug. Love, Arline

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  20. Will be praying for you & sending positive thoughts & energy your way. We had a friend who believed the power of positive thinking really worked, & sometimes I found that to be true! It sounds like Lynn, Pat, Sandy & I will be coming down to your store this Saturday(the 17th). Hope you will be there!? I have missed you & hope to see you soon!? (& give you a big hug!)
    lots of love
    Dena of the CCBS

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  21. I can't wait to see you guys and get a hug!

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  22. Kandra I am so sorry you have to go on this journey. I admire you so very much and am thankful you are sharing this with us. You are are very precious and loved by many. My prayers are with you. I think Alpine is already proving her awesome powers to all of us. Hugs and love, Becky

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    1. Thank you and I hope your life is going well.

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  23. Thinking of you and willing you all the strength you need. <3

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    1. Thanks Mikki hope you are settling in.

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  24. Your post went straight to my heart and I am responding with tears and a prayer. Your strength will help you and the wonderful bracelet as you said, gives you an added strength of those who have traveled a similar road. Keeping you in my prayers and thinking of you.

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    1. Thank you so much you have touched my heart!

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  25. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this unplanned journey you are on. You have so many loving friends who care and will be there for you whether they are near you in person or like me, will carry you in our hearts. I know the circle of prayers will be bigger than "large." Hugs - Cathie R, Clovis

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  26. Blessings to Corrine for her healing bracelet project; and Kandra, may you feel the power of Alpine, the strength and love of all who have worn her, the wisdom of your doctors, the hope of all your friends and customers (who feel like friends too!) and your wonderful family. You are surrounded by love and healing thoughts, sweetheart. We love you tons, doggone it! Let those of us nearby help if we can, doing whatever! (I love to cook; do laundry, etc)
    (((((Kandra and Dennis)))))
    Sue Girard

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    1. Sue you bring tears to my eyes! When life has you down you truly find out who cares and who doesn't.
      Thank you for your kind words and a big hug when driving through twin would be nice!
      Love, Kandra

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  27. Prayers, positive thoughts and pennies in the well headed your way.
    ~cryssT

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  28. Kandra,
    You are a warrior princess, with many, many friends who hold you in their hearts. Hang in there- be strong and stubborn.
    I love you and am sending healing thoughts your way.
    Jennifer Housler

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, you know I'm stubborn and I will.
      Love, Kandra

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  29. Hi Kandra...we love you and are praying for you! You are a blessing to so us and so mny people. God has so much planned for you and will bless you and is already blessing you even if it at times it may not seem so. We know the surgery will be successful so we are looking forward to your speedy recovery!

    Aloha,
    Eric & Jelena

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    1. I just had surgery and it's not cancer they took both my ovaries and a large grapefruit mass out. I feel so blessed.
      Thank you for your prayers!

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  30. Kandra, your blog moved me to tears, mostly because another one has been touched by this awful thing. My father is fighting it too and so I will be adding you to my prayers tonight and every night. May God, the bracelet and your friends and customers give you strength to fight this. Love Lynne S(UK)

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  31. Lynne,
    I just had surgery and it's not cancer they took both my ovaries and a large grapefruit mass out. I feel so blessed.
    Thank you and I will be sending love and light to your Dad.
    Love, Kandra

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