I just want to take a minute and show the tumblr community something very close to my heart. These are my Beads of Courage. My Child Life Specialist and I would do these together while I was inpatient. I started these around the end of Decemeber, which was a few weeks after my cancer diagnosis. I have 8 strands and about 800 beads. Each bead is hand-made and glass blown. Each bead also represents everything that I have ever went through in my cancer journey. Each color, shape, and symbol represents something.
The 2nd picture is a list of what each bead represents.
The 3rd picture is of two strands, which I like to call my “hell strands”, for many reasons. One, you can see a round bead with a picture of a present in it, which means I was in the hospital on Christmas. That was also around the time when I went on life support, and got off of life support, and had to go through multiple rounds of physical and occupational therapy (which I probably cried at every session). That was one of the toughest times, hence why they are my hell strands.
They are probably my most cherished items. I documented from November 4th all the way up until present day. Sometimes I just like to pull them out and make shapes with them, or take shamless selfies.
Fun Fact: I have every bead except glow in the dark which is for radiation.
I hope you like them!