Last Monday at the Parent's Autism Conference at Carmen B. Pingree, there was a booth packed with all sorts of gear to advocate for autism. I couldn't help myself and I bought a water bottle, car magnet, window cling and a tiny, size 4T t-shirt with saying: "Kids with Autism Rock!"
This also got me thinking, while I am an advocate for many causes like autism, epilepsy and rare disease, what I really am is a mother-advocate for Bertrand Thomas Might--my beautiful, strong, charming, determined, warrior son. What I really wanted was something I could wear daily to make others aware of Bertrand's challenges and his indomitable spirit.
So, I contacted the kind and patient Shannon Schoon, proprietress of Peace of Mind Jewelry. She had created a special necklace for the Global Genes Project, an initiative to promote rare disease awareness, and she created the mother's necklace pictured above specifically for me.
- The spectrum of colored stones and puzzle piece charm profess autism awareness.
- The purple stone and ribbon charm profess epilepsy awareness.
- The blue stone (also B's birthstone) and the rare charm profess rare disease awareness.