Marianne’s personal journey – I Will Survive, Hey Hey!

Tuesday 29 March 2011 was a defining day in my life as I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  I actually knew I had it long before I could get anyone to believe me but this day was brilliant because I was finally able to move forward and get on with what needed to be done.

I went through surgery, months of chemo and then 36 doses of radiotherapy and all the while thinking how I was going to change the way I was living now to make tomorrow better.

I’ve always been passionate about my family treasures and whilst going through my daily grind I used the time to think about the things in life that really matter to me; the most very important things and what had little significance.

Decisions have come relatively easy to me since cancer took over.  I have learned how to say NO, and I say it with ease.  I have stopped to smell the roses a little more than I used to.  I love my family and friends more than ever.  My passion to help others is still exactly the same, I’ve just realised that I had to put myself on top otherwise I would end up in the same predicament.

Our creativity comes from our combined life experience and we support each other’s strengths and pick up each other’s weakness.  I made the bold decision and thankfully Rhay agreed that we would stick to making the creations that mean the most; hence the decision to stop selling our mainstream jewellery to concentrate on our Birthstone and Commemorative Designs.

In true Rom style, we stick together!

A huge thank you to each and every one of our clients who made an investment in us by purchasing one of our designs.  Nearly (all but 3) of our designs were one-offs so you will be forever unique to us!  We hope you will continue to remember us when you need that special commemorative piece for someone you hold near and dear.

I started a Facebook Page called, “I Will Survive, Hey, Hey” which documents my journey from the start.  The idea was to document my journey for my children just in case that genetic mutant should ever come knocking on their door.  A number of people of told me how my story has helped them cope with their own experiences and perhaps it could help you too.

Love and light,