These two sentences, uttered consecutively, are always enough to give my husband, Don, that deer-caught-in-the-headlights look. And justifiably so. After all, he’s got experience — he lives with me.
But this time, I’m asking you.
I have an idea. And I need help.
I know what I want to accomplish, but I’m not exactly sure how to go about it.
But I’m quite sure there’s someone out there who does.
This past Christmas, I gave my sister-in-law, Carrie, a sterling silver bracelet. A Sister Bracelet, inscribed with various phrases about what it means to be a sister, to share that bond.
A few days after my diagnosis, Carrie stopped by. She rolled up her sleeve and showed me that she was wearing the bracelet I’d given her. Then she held her arm up and declared, “And I’m not taking it off until you’re in remission!”
And she hasn’t. Every time I see her, I call, “Wrist check!”
She dutifully rolls up her sleeve to prove that, yes, indeed, she is still wearing that bracelet.
There’s positive energy flowing from that bracelet 24 hours a day, whether Carrie is near or far. I can feel it.
There’s something else Carrie began repeating to me after my Stage 4 diagnosis.
“You will win this battle because you’re Amy,” she said. “Amy. Short name. Big meaning.”
Now, everytime I see her, there’s an immediate “Wrist Check,” followed by Carrie’s articulation of “Amy. Short Name. Big Meaning.”
I was mulling over all of these pieces as I lay in bed last night, my little boy snuggled up next to me, when it came to me.
I envision a rubber-band bracelet, like the ones that are so often associated with a cause. Yellow, because that’s my favorite color. I want the printing to read: “Amy. Short Name. Big Meaning,” along with my blog address: http://www.itsinthegenes.wordpress.com.
It will serve a dual purpose. First, I’ll be able to feel all of that positive energy flowing toward me in the commitment made to wear a bracelet til I’m in remission. Second, people who wear the bracelet will have an opportunity to share my story, my struggle — which is everyone’s story, everyone’s struggle — with everyone who asks about it.
I need to find a way to produce and distribute these bracelets. And I want everyone out there supporting me to have one, to put it on, to vow not to take it off until I’m in remission.
It’s a You do your part. I’ll do mine. sort of proposition.
But first things first. How would I find a place that could make these bracelets for me, and how would I get them to my supporters?
— Amy Rauch Neilson