I received the bracelet from Pat Wiley. We met in VT and lived near each other in NYC and NJ. Our friendship started in the 70s.
Even though we are separated by many miles, we stay in touch. When I learned of her diagnosis with ovarian cancer, I struggled to find a way to be of help. A Prayer Circle came to my mind. Not a large one but made of a few people I know who believe in the power of prayer. Pat is an incredible writer, and over the past three years we have all come to love and admire Pat's strength, her faith and her love of life.
Beading and sharing beading with her Mom are passions for her, along with her love of her husband Bob and her dogs, Sydney and Yoshi.
The bracelet means a lot to me since Pat sent it and it is beaded. Also, it is named Minnesota where we visit our son often. I have taken a picture wearing it by the window in our living room. You can see the NYC skyline and the Hudson River.
I do believe there is a cumulative effect when people stop to think of others. It changes all of us in a positive way. Pat is brave and open, and we all learn from her.
So the bracelet reminds me of connecting and caring, and their power.
Pat asked me to pass this on to a person in the prayer group, and I will.