Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Carolyn, Savannah, GA

I'm a mother of three glorious children, wife of a wonderful man, and should not, on paper, have a complaint in this world! We're all healthy, the bills are paid, and I have a great group of friends, but for the past couple of years, my restlessness has morphed into some kind of general apathy.  I joined, under great pressure from my husband, the local senior citizen's center's Art Alliance, and suddenly my world has opened up! My 45 minutes a week at the pottery wheel next to women nearly twice my age has totally changed my outlook. The STORIES these ladies have!  I was browsing the internet, and when I typed in "inspirational stories", looking for something to share with my new senior friends, I found your site. I bought three candles, one for each of my favorite ladies, and it was like I had presented them with diamonds and jewels, they were so overjoyed. What a nice idea, and a great product. Thanks so much for putting it out there to share with the world.  Carmen, Sylvia, and Marie, the recipients of the candles, have asked me to thank you as well, and wish you all the best with your own life, Marsha!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Barbara from Monroe, WA

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. I was just 40 years old. I had one breast removed and 8 weeks of chemo. I was not sure which would kill me first the cancer or the treatments. I am so excited so say that I am on my way to a full recovery wit the help of the Zumba class that has just started at our local YMCA I have been going for 2 months now and feel better than I have felt in 2 years. It has been a godsend to me and has saved me from going down that self pitty road. Hang in there with your recovery you will get there too. There is a light at the end of the tunnel even if it's just a flicker now. I am a survivor!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Your Stories- Maria from Ponte Vedra, FL

My mother's sudden death was very difficult, and then to have the two surgeries, not being able to eat or exercise, losing the teaching job I loved and being in miserable pain and I was in pretty bad shape. Lucky for me my friend/neighbor who is also a nurse recognized I was having issues and started checking in on me regularly and finally had to tell me it was time to go get some help, which I did. In addition to the help of some wonderful doctors and friends, I found other ways to find peace. I would turn off all the lights and fire up the candles and sit there and meditate and just kept telling myself that I could get though this and any other positive thoughts that I could come up with. Finally, I am feeling so much better.

When I read about your candle idea I thought it was great! The whole time I was feeling bad I thought there must be other people like me that don't have anyone to help them and if I got better I was going to make sure I helped a friend to repay my friend for all her concern. I think you are the best for turning a bad experience into something so positive! You have really hit the nail on the head with this one! Anyhing I can volunteer to help you with to make this a success please let me know!

My very dear friend that helped me has had a pancreas transplant and has never been completely well since the surgery and she is never quite sure how her health will turn out . I would love to pass one of these candles onto her.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Our First "Share Your Story" Post

Thanks so much to Susan from Tallahassee, Florida for sending us her story!

I love my Promise Candles! What a wonderful thing you have created! I gave one as a gift and I know the special person who received it will love it just as much as I love mine. I look forward to the time I have to sit and reflect on my day and all the beautiful things in this world. The warm glow of the candle seems to block out anything that doesn't bring happy thoughts. It's kind of like....... magic! Thanks for sharing this with the world! Susan