Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Be Brave

Top: Old Navy; Dress: TJ Maxx; Shoes: Payless

My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when he was 36 years old. I was about 11 or 12. My grandpa (my dad's dad) was diagnosed almost a year ago with it as well. It has touched my family and changed each one of us in different ways. My dad was forced to retire from his dream career as a pilot and a captain. He has taken every step since his diagnosis with nothing but grace. My mom has been with him every step of the way. Her support and loyalty to him has been a shining example to me not only because of her strength in facing his diagnosis, but because she so clearly does not define him by it. 

Believe it or not I can tie this back to my outfit. I am proudly wearing my "Be Brave" bracelet. Or, rather, Bravelet. My mom came across these and now we each (along with my grandma) wear these and remember that not only are the men in our lives brave, but we are too. Even when it is hard. I really love mine because a portion of the proceeds goes towards Parkinson's research, but also because it is not quite the loud rubber accessory you see so often. These Bravelets come in many different colors in support of many different causes and they are adding more all the time. 


  1. Wow that is such a neat bracelet...I'm so glad you shared this about your family. It's good to know there are others out there who have gone through hardship, know what it means to suffer, and have come out with love and strength!

    <3 Cambria

  2. Such a beautiful idea! It's good your family supports each other like that. I know from difficult experiences in my own family how important and stabilizing that can be :)

  3. LOVE the shoes! And you have lovely skin. :)

    Thanks for sharing that intimate story about your're all in my prayers!


  4. That is wright, be brave! I have so many health problems in my family history too, such a sad way to look at your background, but a true one.

  5. I love that these bracelets are both stylish and support a wonderful cause. Going to check them out! Thank you for sharing your dad's story with us.

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  6. Yes, be brave. Life is like a line that fluctuates, up and down, up and down. You are doing the most important step already, staying strong and supporting each other.

    Wish you all the best, and love your look, great combo of colors.


  7. You are a courageous women and so is your mom! I cant imagine what you are going through. BEST to your family and to you doll!

    Follow each other???

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  8. wow great outfit! matches good with your glasses

  9. Wonderful bracelet and a wonderful post. Your family sounds amazing.

  10. I like the idea of a non-loud, ugly, tacky rubber bracelet. Sorry, but I just don't dig those. My mom is about 9 months out of her stem cell transplant for CNS Lymphoma, with no sign of recurrence. I would love to wear a bravelet in her honor. I'm going to look now!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi there!

    I just came across your blog and love it!!

    I really love the idea of these bracelets. My aunt was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and it's been really tough on her and my mom. Thinking of ordering the three of us bravelets!



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