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I was fighting a few years of alcohol abuse trying to find my life when my sweet friend Sara gifted me my key saying Courage. She said she chose courage because I was courageously becoming who I was meant to be. I wore my key from the day I received it, never taking it off until the day I knew I should pass it on.
A dear friend of mine found out her dad is battling liver severe cancer. I knew I should pass it on to her but struggled to. I loved my key and it meant so incredibly much to me. I know it means just as much to her now. I have now ordered another one for my dear friend Sara who started this beautiful cycle that says Sunshine. I chose Sunshine because that is what she has been to me in some dark and scary days. Now her light is shinning past me on on to others.”
I work with the most amazing people and a very special woman I work with is the most generous, selfless and giving person I know gave me the key of LOVE. I am getting married next week and she has been wearing this key all week. I couldn't stop asking where she got it and what it meant and when she told me about The Giving Keys, I fell in love (literally). She travels from NY 3 weeks out of the month and right before she headed to the airport she gave me her LOVE key. It made me cry simply because she just always gives. Whether it be her time or the most thoughtful gifts. I will cherish this and know that I will pay it forward to someone special to keep this tradition alive.”
My name is Sammie and this is my story.
I'm 15 and originally got my key to help look forward to something I had a lot of worries and a lot of anxiety and wanted to get rid of them that's why I chose the phrase "let go". Recently my cousin died. She struggled with alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and was unstable all together. She was 23 when she passed. My family and I got back from her funeral a few weeks ago. I decided to give her my key, so I placed it in her casket with her. Hopefully she will be able to let go of her demons and be at peace.”
Today I met up with a friend I haven't seen in over a year. So today we caught up on everything. She is going through one of the worst break ups possible. And I recently just a week after went through a break up.
So I bought a hope key when I needed it.
So seeing her today I saw how hurt inside she still is. How she feels hopeless and things keep crashing down on her. So I looked at her and said you need some hope. So I took the necklace off explained how this necklace gave me hope and now you need it more then I do. She looked so happy and I actually saw hope in her eyes, I saw in her eyes that she realized everything is going to be okay.”
My best friend of over 11 years has been dealt a hand that most would use as an excuse to curl up in bed and stay there. She grew up poor and neglected as 1 of 5 children. One of her brothers was diagnosed and taken by cancer when she was young. She started supporting herself at 15 and has done so since.
She married young and has since had 4 pregnancies producing 3 beautiful babies that amaze me every day. She has had health issues herself since she was young. After her 4th pregnancy she had a hysterectomy, her gulbladder removed and many organ failure scares that she barely caught in time. This amazing woman is going through menopause and is only 30. Her husband is military so he is gone all the time. She is basically a single parent with 3 children under the age of 10. One sassy girl (9 going on 19), one brilliant 8 year old son with an unfortunate severe case of dyslexia and one 5 year old boy that is rambunxious and crazy (in a cute way for now).
Well, on top of her previous health issues, being a single parent for most of her 9 years of parenthood and dealing with the uncertainty of living situations that military life brings... She was recently told that she has 3 huge masses that need to be biopsied. I broke down for the first time in front of her. I try to be strong when she tells me of new findings with her children, husbands career or herself. This time I couldn't do it. I lost all selfcontrol and just burst into tears. I may be loosing my best friend. My person. This time, not because she moved away and airfare is expensive, but because this disease may take her from me... from her husband... from her babies...
I gave her the key of strength even though she is the strongest woman I know. I prayed over that key to keep her healthy, happy and for us to be given answers. She will fight this. And I will be right there with her. This bond we have can't be broken. Not by time, not by distance and not by disease. If you see this, YOU ARE MY PERSON! I LOVE YOU!”
Tonight I had the honor of gifting a key to my friend Casey. October 1 will be the year anniversary of her 3 year old daughter's cancer diagnosis. Casey has been so beautifully courageous throughout this fight against pediatric cancer. She has raised enough money to bring music therapy back to the children's hospital and redo the treatment rooms. Most importantly she has made me feel like I could slay the biggest dragon on my worst day.
I am so proud to know a courageous warrior like Casey... a fighter... a champion... someone who gives back...who has never questioned "why me" but instead asked "what can I do for others". Her example is the bar we should all strive for.
Love you Case for being exactly who you are courageous.”
I haven't been able to share my giving keys story on here until now, but since I have a little but if free time I thought I'd share it. About a year ago I received a key that said the word "Inspire" on it from a good friend named Britt. I used that word to help rebuild my life and to start inspiring people on my own until a couple weeks ago when I felt so moved that there was someone else in my life that needed it more than me.
That person was my aunt.
Her husband was diagnosed with throat cancer a couple years ago and is now dealing with a lot of the side effects from the treatment that he received while he was sick. He is unable to eat most things and my aunt has always been strong about getting him the help that he needs. I chose to give this key and this word to her to serve as a reminder that she's not alone and that even when life gets tough, it's still important to inspire and be an inspiration for those that we can whenever we can!
I told her that the Giving Keys is so much more than a necklace that you wear on your neck, they're reminders, life-changers, and life savers. While I wore inspire, it was a great reminder that not matter how tough my day was, being an inspiration for someone else is so important!”
I paid two keys forward in the same day. One being Let Go and the other being Inspire. I used the word Let Go to get rid of the negative things in my life that brought me down and to start building up the things that are important in life.
I gave this key to an old friend named Hannah. I went to elementary school with her and one day messaged her over social media to ask her how she was doing. What she told me broke my heart and later impacted me enough to give her Let Go. She is doing online school because she was bullied by her old friends so bad that she was forced to transfer out of school. She told me that she keeps trying to make ends meet with them but I simply told her that there's only so much that you can do until it's time to go your own way.
I mailed her the key with a little letter saying to wear Let Go around your neck so that you can understand who you are, so that you can Let Go of the past, and so you can start being prepared for the good that is coming your way!”
I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer on November 4, 2015. As I was recovering from a mastectomy, going through chemotherapy and radiation, my partner and our kettlebells workout group gave me a key with the word "strong." I have treasured this act of kindness and support throughout the year. It has truly helped me on this journey as I have found that I'm stronger than I ever thought I could be, and I know that I can face cancer with strength, love, and courage.”
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