Stones in Harmony -- Beautiful Jewelry by a Beautiful Woman
What do you mean, "you felt better"?
Basically I could turn the key in the door again, I could do military push ups on my hands instead of knuckles, and I didn't feel this intense pain all over my body.
How did you incorporate your RA to your jewelry?
I was at home, I was in a a lot of pain, I lost a lot of friendships because I wasn't well enough to go out anymore. I adapted pretty well to being home bound. I couldn't get enough of the stones and the colors. I felt like a kid in a candy store! I'm sitting here at home, and nobody knows why, they think I'm mental or it's all in my head. I wasn't going to let this disease be in my head. I wanted to spill it out in any way that I could to the community. If I'm at home, I thought at least I could put words and letters into my jewelry designs to raise awareness out there.
How do you use your tools, while making the jewelry?
I have taught the tools to do the work for me. If I don't use my hands everyday they will freeze up. Keep moving, don't freeze physically or emotionally. Keep moving. You can modify exercises to your fitness routine, and your lifestyle. The worst thing to do is sit on the couch and watch television all day. Just get out and move and oxygenate. Go take a walk around the block and come back...that's it, all you have to do for the first day. Then try a little more tomorrow.
You've been doing this for sometime, I saw your article in Health Monitor Magazine, how did you get involved with that? (you can read the article here)
The magazine called me from a story I must have submitted to them, but in my Fibro Fog, could not remember which one! I would say that my most exciting opportunity this year, was getting my word out there to the world. The reason why, is because I'm getting phone calls from women who are so alone and are in despair. I then refer them to the FaceBook page RA Chicks, and it makes them so happy! When I get a phone call or email, I always ask if they have support, and unanimously the answer is no. I refer them to RA Chicks and they have formed friendships that way. It's important for women to know about this great site.
Yes, I agree RA Chicks has been such a great a sense of relief, comfort, and has helped me form wonderful friendships! Why did you get involved with RA Chicks?
This site, I want people to go here because once you're here, you'll never be alone again. At all hours of the day and night, you'll have someone to talk to. Why did I get involved in this awareness jewelry?... because the woman that read about me get inspired to not let RA stop them in their tracks. That's really what this is all about... raising awareness is key, but raising awareness that you're not alone is golden. In this forum you can laugh until you cry, or cry until you laugh. This is just so amazing to me to go on and see friends that I referred, comment and post. Just to know that they don't have to go through what we went through for years of being alone is like striking gold, or hitting oil, whatever you want to call it.
Where did the name Stones in Harmony, come from?
All of the gemstones I use for RA awareness have been documented over thousands of years to work as anti-rheumatic healing stones. Aside from the colors purple and blue, the colors of RA and other RA diseases, these gemstones also have the ability to boost the immune system and cleanse the organs of the body. Amazonite for example, is a calming and soothing gemstone to promote relaxation. Turquoise is known to be one of the strongest healing stones throughout history, boosting the immune system and ailing the pains of rheumatic disease. It's not just the words, but the colors and the stones for what they are designated that helped me formulate this concept. That's what the stones in harmony are... gemstones which in one way or another, have been used for thousands and thousands of years to bring the body back to harmony.
What is something you'd like to see for the future of Stones in Harmony?
My dream is to be able to spread a global level of awareness. I also want people to use the key words in the jewelry like RA and Fibro. I want the community to raise global awareness. World Arthritis Day, for example, needs to be promoted more. All countries need to be involved in this awareness campaign. What I want to see, is for people to get inspired. I want to inspire people, who now have a life change because they lost their job. I would like my company to take part in all of the good things that can happen with people with RA, and let them know that it is not the end of your life. It can actually be a brand new opportunity for your life. Like with your writing, Mallory,... for them to draw on their internal talents and they utilize them with passion and love. Give themselves something to wake up to. I want to inspire people to write, to paint, to play the piano, to do all of those things. Even if they are in pain... I want people to take a walk, to keep moving. I want people to think, "yea okay this sucks, but this is an opportunity I didn't know I had". I want everyone to feel like that.
Lizzy, you are an inspiration. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to chat with me. I agree we all need to keep moving, and to find our hidden talents and go forth with them. I've taken my writing to a whole new level, and also have started my own photography business. I have been out of work for a year, and was feeling lonely and depressed, that I was wasting my life away. I've been given this opportunity to go forth with my talents and make something out of my life. It brings me joy and happiness, and I only hope that others are inspired to do the same.