Extended Family and Teamwork

Week two of the RV renovations has begun and I can see this homely duckling (she was never ugly) becoming a swan! I’ve made numerous trips to Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Advanced Auto Parts, etc., etc. for paint, wood, screws, … Continue reading

My Latest Releases!

I’ve been a busy bee these past few months and here’s what I’ve got to show for it!   I’m the Boss of My Body! Using simple, empowering language, “I’m the Boss of My Body!” makes it a bit easier … Continue reading

Mt. Olive: Striving to Look Like the Kingdom of God

Lately, it seems that while we, as Christians  (and as a society, in general) make advancements in many areas, we continue to fail in our treatment of and respect for one another. We continue to separate ourselves one from another, … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia, Allergies, and Glass Rings…

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After suffering from Fibromyalgia for the past several years, I’ve recently discovered yet another common symptom of this pesky ailment…Metal allergies. This newfound revelation has caused me to have to shelve my beloved wedding ring. I’ve worn the 14K gold ring that that housed the diamond worn by my mother-in-law on her own wedding day for nearly two years. All of a sudden, I developed a burn-like rash that would take weeks to heal.

Feeling defeated, I began trying other hypoallergenic ring types including stainless steel and even tungsten, but it was all in vain. Apparently, even the slightest bit of nickel will cause the same reaction. I decided to look for a vintage [faux] ivory or bone ring, which would coincide perfectly with my neo-hippie nature, however, I knew that when I was forced to conform and wear dress suits, after fives, etc., I may need another option. 

Finally, I started searching for glass jewelry and found a wonderful designer in Berlin, Germany by the name Thor Karlsen. He made me a fabulous custom piece! The photo really does this ring no justice — it’s absolutely stunning and no one else in the world has one just like it! Best of all, it’s comfortable and there will be no allergic reactions!

For anyone experiencing similar symptoms, know that hope is not lost. There are alternatives to gold, silver, and other precious metals.