Friday, April 27, 2012

Healing Bracelet

I stopped by to visit my friend Bonnie. Her dining table was strewn with beads and wires. "What are you doing?" I asked. She said that her friend, Helen,  had been diagnosed with serious cancer and she was making 92 bracelets for people to wear while Helen was undergoing her radiation and chemo treatments. Fortunately, Bonnie had some help making all the bracelets, because requests kept coming in for one more and giving the size needed.

I don't think Helen had asked for this support from her circle of friends and family. Yet this group wanted and needed some tangible way to think of  her during this terrifying time. Everyday all these people would be wearing and looking at their bracelets (many men were wearing them as well as women), sending healing thoughts and messages to her and widening the circle of care and concern. People, in turn, would ask the bracelet wearers what they were about, and the circle widens even more.

I can't help but think that this token of love can't but help the healing process for Helen. She realizes all these folks have her on their radar on a daily basis. When she gets discouraged or feels lousy, she knows she isn't alone, and that thought in itself, is enough to help her make it through another day.