My family has been destroyed by cancer. My mother, Dad, brother and sister have all died from cancer and another sister survived Myself have survived 4 bouts of cancer and I am looking for a piece that would express our battle and survival with cancer!
This statue and I have been through more than I believed at first. My godmother bought it for me my senior year of high school. She said the arms raised high above the angel's head reminded her of me, always ready to take the next step and doing it with everything I have until it's time to move on. I placed it on my mirror, a little piece of her with me. When I packed to go 500 miles away from the place I called home, practically splitting the difference from "home" to my godmother, my Willow Tree came with me. I placed it in my small dorm room where I saw it right when I got up, to remind me everything I do is one step closer to where I want to be, and that I had to give it all I had. Fast forward one semester, two roommate issues, and finals week. I relied on that statue more and more. Late one night my roommate was banging around and slammed the dresser draw too hard on our unit, and crashing down goes my willow tree. I got out of bed to asses the damage to find it shattered as well as every ounce of courage and inspiration left in me. I texted my mom in tears, hoping if I brought it home she could glue it back together, save it, somehow. Fast forward once again to shortly into the second semester. Midterms had just passed and my mom says to check the mail soon, my Willow Tree would be coming shortly. I got the package, shortly after feeling like I failed a test, and found the statue, new. The small act completed by my mom to instead of piecing it back together, could tell how broken I was about it, renewed my Courage in myself, my look on the future, and my hope for my career. This little statue has made me feel closer to the godmother I see every almost every two years, brought faith in my future, courage in each step I take, and reminds me that anything is possible. I never expected that in the beginning, but am glad for it now.
I just received this beautiful figurine recently as a gift from my mom, my best friend. She purchased it for me for my 51rst birthday but more importantly, bought it because i just celebrated a year of wonderful sobriety. She knows what struggles i have had to overcome in a short period of time BUT she also,(Well, my whole family and dear friends who i am blessed to have in my life), knows what Great joys this gift of sobriety has brought to me and my 15yr. old twins. I am so very grateful for every day, and your beautiful piece has more meaning to me than you will ever know and could not be more perfect! Thank you very much for sharing Your special gift to others; it is a treasure. With sincere gratitude, Michele
Today I'm celebrating my fifth year sober. To commemorate the occasion, my sister Stacey sent me this beautiful sculpture. Has it been hard to battle alcoholism? Yes. And, no. Throughout the past five years I feel like I've had a guardian angel flying right beside me the whole time, whispering in my ear, "you've got this. Courage!" Today, when I opened the Willow Tree box and retrieved the angel, I thought, "Well, there you are!" Thank you, Susan for crafting such a stunning piece. I will cherish it always and it will be a daily reminder of the strength within me -- and beside me.
I was put in the hospital for 8 days. The first 3 days they could not figure out what was wrong. But I continued to lose strength and muscle coordination I couldn't even write. I got to a point that the muscles in my throat and autonomic system (heart) weren't acting normal. I was treated for Guillian Barre over the course of three days I just continued to get better. That was in 2010 and my life is pretty much back to normal. I ran across this angel today that was given to me by my brother in laws mother. It just gave me courage to continue the fight no matter what residual effects it has.
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.