I created this bracelet based on the idea from “Beads of Courage”, www.beadsofcourage.org.
Each bead represents an illness or milestone.
Pink and white bead- represents my infant illness, Neisidioblastosis and the removal of part of my pancreas at six weeks of age.
Number 8- After my surgery I still had Neisidioblastosis and suffered from seizures and comas. I was put on an experimental medication which controlled my blood sugar until I was eight years old.
Purple and black – represents Epilepsy which I was diagnosed with at about age 5.
Three blue beads- represent my three Autoimmune Disorders, Psoriasis, Diabetes, and Thyroid disease.
Daisy bead (next to 1st blue bead)- represents the rash I get from Psoriasis.
Ribbon with drop of blood- signifies hope for a cure from Diabetes and all the times I have to stick my finger to test my blood.
Sunflower bead (next to 3rd blue bead)- represents the radiation treatment I took to kill my Thyroid gland.
Three green and white beads – signify the three times I was hospitalized for Depression.
Family bead (next to 1st green bead)- represents the support of my family I received from my 1st round of Depression.
Black and silver beads (next to 2nd and 3rd green beads)- signifies each year of therapy I received after a Depression episode.
Heart bead (next to 2nd black and silver bead)- is in honor of my mother. The second round of Depression helped me to heal from her passing.
The final bead (and hopefully the last) – The Faith bead. Through all of this I learned to keep faith and have courage.
Beads were purchased from: charmingbeadshop.com