The Power of Positivity

Six years ago, a friend delivered a gift to me on the 6th floor of Boston Children’s Hospital. It was a Tiny Tags Mommy necklace with the names of our three children, Hannah, Caitlyn, and Jay, engraved on little silver tags and charms of each of their birthstones. Our first child, Hannah (age 8), was a patient, fighting leukemia. She was showing us how strong she was, fighting for her good blood cells to overcome the bad cancer cells. A group of amazing moms from our town got together and had the necklace made. It forever engraved on my heart the fact that we have three beautiful children. And we would always have three beautiful children. And with that came the power of positivity.

Our middle daughter, Caitlyn (age 7), was our miracle from God. She was a perfect 100% match for Hannah’s bone-marrow. She saved Hannah’s life and kept our family intact. Our 5-year-old son, Jay, was brave too. He had to be away from his mom for many months as she helped Hannah fight every step of the journey to health. As moms, we admire our children. The admiration I felt for our three children could not be any stronger.

Six years later, we are a complete and very grateful family. For Mother’s Day this year, I received my second Tiny Tags necklace (the gold Circle Pendant). The engraving says, “With each day comes new strength and new thoughts.” A friend had sent me the Eleanor Roosevelt quote while at the hospital. I hung that quote on the wall and repeated it every day.

On the back of the necklace, my husband’s and my initials are engraved with a heart. An experience like ours can break a marriage or bring two people closer together. Kevin made every effort to show us that we were all in this together, and he kept our communication open, bringing us closer together.

I met Missy, Tiny Tags founder, six years ago at the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund 26-mile walk to raise money for childhood cancer research. She was there to support a friend whose son was also fighting cancer, along with Hannah. Both children won. We are so blessed. I had already received my Mommy necklace before I met Missy. At the time, had no idea she was the one behind the gifts that would touch my life forever.

—Andrea K.