There is this jewelry designer named Megan Steer who lives and designs in New York City. I was introduced to Megan and her company Lura Jewelry through my friend Janet who created Clover Market. I do some of the photography for Janet for Clover Market as many of you know, and when I saw Megan’s work, it was love at first pair of earrings. And getting to know Megan, the artist, has been ever so nice as she radiates such amazing energy and kindness. She really is a beautiful person inside and out, and the way she is? Most simply put, it is reflected in her creations in a very cool, sometimes inexplicable way.
Well, I have never missed a Clover Market until my surgery. The last market was just a couple of days after my surgery so I just couldn’t do it. Megan sent me a little note after I wasn’t at the last market of the spring season saying she had missed me. I sent her a note back and told her I was sorry I missed her, and what was up.
I got a box in the mail on Saturday. It was from Megan with a note that said in part:
“…I’ve told you before that you bring me luck, so I wanted to send you this necklace. When I carved it I was thinking of an angel’s wing, and the writing on the back is Sanskrit and it means “I am divine love”…I’ve also been donating money from the sale of this necklace to the Breast Cancer Reasearch Foundation. There is a lot of love, and a lot of healing in this piece and that is why I want you to have it!”
I love the necklace and I am blown away by Megan’s generosity of spirit. It was exactly what I needed – I have not written since Friday morning and suffice it to say, the pressure from work has taken a toll on my post surgery self. The stress on Friday caused incredible and surprising pain to my two surgical sites – where the nodes came out and where the lump was excised. And some swelling too. I know that probably sounds nuts to some of you reading this. Sorry. Not trying to freak anyone out.
I did, however, have a great weekend which was very relaxing. I am a lucky girl at the end of the day. And I feel the love you all send me around me. So one day at a time, yes?
I am a little out of steam and am going to say good night…
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I read your post on living with the disease. I agree with you that it changes your perspective to life. My life was forever changed when my son was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15. He endured 10 months of chemo treatments and 37 radiation treatments to his head and neck – since surgery was not an option due to the location and complexity of his tumor. His cancer had metastisized to his lungs and his prognosis was grim. The world seemed to spin out of control and it was difficult to gain any sense of normalcy. Thanks to God and the wonderful doctors, family and friends that supported him/us through this time he is doing well.
Truthfully it was his attitude and outlook that allowed him to not only survive this ordeal but thrive in spite of it.
You seem to have that same approach to your disease and your strong will, positive attitude will serve you well.
You are not alone in this battle, and the prayers of many will support you when you need to be carried, pushed or just loved. I have no doubt that you will NOT allow cancer to define you and how you live your life. Allow others to
be your angels- you will be amazed!
Thanks Deb – it’s so amazing how out of control your life feels, and your sweet son is one of those who inspires me. He is an amazing boy. Thanks for stopping by