Skip to content
Throwing "Stones"
avatar
rachael67 posted:
I was just reminded of the importance we here have found in one of nature's often overlooked products: Stones! Twice they have come to the forefront in this community and proven a reminder of our collective strength.

Long ago one of our older members, Mary (where the hecks are you anyway?) Beth told the story of a unique ritual in which she took part. Basically, each individual when faced with a difficult time would select a small stone which fit comfortably in the palm of her hand, and gather friends and family around. Each in turn would take the rock, hold it and tell how he/she had overcome some obstacle in life. Then the stone would pass to the next person...And on and on. When all had a turn, the stone, now filled with healing strengths ranging from humor to faith to patience, would be returned to the patient. Now imbued with the collective strength of a caring support group it became a talisman, a reminder of how we each can overcome more than copuld ever be imagined when caring individuals walk beside us each step of the journey.

This became known as the "WARRIOR STONE"!

Some time later, one of our very special members, Terri Gray, told of something which had happened to her following a chemo treatment. A drug rep visiting the clinic distributed some small stones with inspirational words written in a lovely cursive on each: Joy, Hope, Dreams, Love, etc. Terri was given one and noticed that hers was missing a letter. She mentioned that her "hope" was missing the "e"...So began the search for one which had it written correctly. When none was found in the collection, one with "dream" was handed to he as well.

It wasn't long afterward, however, that someone, bursting with laughter, came running to catch up with her. "Terri! Turn your 'hope' stone upside down! It's not "hope' without an 'e'..It's the word "JOY'!!!"

Terri used that incident to remind us all that sometimes when it seems something is missing in our lives, it might be time to turn it upside down! JOY just might be lurking in a misspelled pebble of hope!!!

From time to time, some of our members do not find solace in anything religious. They ask instead that our good thoughts accompany them as they make their way through difficult times. Our Warrior Stones have become a symbol for these members as well as for all our members of the strength we possess and share with one another. We hold fast to them so that we never forget!!

Blessings.
Rachael
Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly!  
Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
Was this Helpful?
6 of 9 found this helpful
Reply
 
avatar
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
What a lovely post Rachael! Thank you for sharing those stories - have a great weekend

Haylen


Helpful Tips

What Is The Pink Bus???
One of our great resources is our famous PINK BUS! Some of you are familiar with her. Others may need a little introduction so I went back ... More
Was this Helpful?
60 of 75 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Breast Cancer Center