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“FM & CFS Awareness”


Description from gypsyheartCin: I was diagnosed with severe Fibromyalgia 4 years ago and diagnoses with CFS/ME 2 years ago. The pain and fatigue keep me from being able to do many things that I once loved doing. I'm hoping to one day be able to use my jewelry designs to help educate others and bring awareness of these illnesses to those who have never heard of them.


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Matte Black (plated) Long & Short Half Flat Curb Chain

Measurements: 11x7mm, 6x4mm

per foot: $2.95
Matte Black (plated) Curb Link Chain

Measurements: 7x5mm links

per foot: $2.20

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  1. A me
    A me says:

    This pic is so dreamy…love it :)

  2. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    Thank you so much! I love how the deep purple and royal blues play off each other. The charms just reminded me of different things. The plain sparrow charm being life before I got sick. Freedom. Something that came so easily that I took it for granted the ribbon standing for awareness. The stitched heart stands for the work it takes to understand all the changes that have taken place. I’ve lost family and friends who felt like I was a fake…. the FM and CFS/ME aren’t real. And them the beautifully decorated bird reminds me of how we have to remake ourselves sometimes in order to still have our dreams and to get closer to making them come true. The silk reminds me of how careful my family has to be with me. The smallest touch in the wrong spot can be agonizing. But while silk is soft it’s also strong. I choose the chain in black because I wanted it to be substantial but also show an understated strength. I really like the way it turned out.

  3. Kraftycat aka Fern
    Kraftycat aka Fern says:

    I love your FM & ME/CFS Awareness purple and blue pick! I also have ME/CFS. Making jewelry has been theraputic for me. Although I am not up to making anything as often as I like, even just looking at the beautiful stones, beads and such give me joy. It is an interesting concept to use the jewelry as a way to educate the public on these very real diseases!I applaud you!

  4. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    I definately know what you mean about not being able to work on your pieces as often as you want. I also have spinal problems so I’m often bedridden. But you’re right… looking at the stones and the handcrafted beads and silk just makes me happy. Each piece felt like of different aspect of life with these illnesses. I know I’ll be working on more fresh picks and I’m hoping to find a respectable research and awareness group so that come May (our awaareness month) I’ll be able to donate the profit from the jewelry sales.

  5. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Thank you for this awareness pick. I too have had Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS since 1984 – 29 years. Since then I’ve acquired dysphonia (voice disorder), degenerative disc disease, and neuropathy. I’ve had asthma most of my life and a host of other allergies that worsened with the arrival of ME/CFS.

    I was 44 when I got sick and am now 74. Nobody ever believes you are sick until you get one of the typical aging disorders like arthritis (which I also have), and all the other stuff that comes along with aging.

    I was ready to throw in the towel when I realized I’d never get better but my faith kept me from doing anything irrational. I kept working another 8 years until I was 52 and then I qualified for a special retirement program.

    I never had to fight for disability benefits. So once retired and we moved south I helped start a support group and after we moved to the big city, I’ve always helped with the local support group.

    I am the editor of our group’s newsletter. Should anyone not have a support group, etc. and you’d like to receive my newsletter, just send me an email request to .

    Thanks again Krafty. God Bless You

  6. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    oops, I should have said thank you gypsy

  7. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Thank you for this ‘awareness’ pick. I was diagnosed in 1993, and understand this completely…

  8. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    Thank you both Nancy and Lois! I was 30 when I started really getting sick. I’ll be 35 at the end of January. I had mild symptoms while growing up. I also have Degenerative Disc Disease and Arthritis as well as a few other “invisible illnesses”. I have 57 of the 63 known symptoms and syndromes associated with fibro. The majority of my arthritis problem is my lower back, tailbone , hips and pelvis. My tailbone “pops” back and forth kind of like a shoulder that has been dislocated too many times. This isn’t an easy life to live. And so many of us don’t have the support we need. I love that you care enough Nancy to have helped start a support group. I found support on Facebook and I tell you, I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t found help.
    I found out a couple days ago that a fibro friend on FB had died suddenly. So many doctor say that these aren’t progressive illnesses and that you can’t die from them. Well after I found out the news about this friend I decided people needed a little extra education on the subject. I told them about how a fibro patient’s chances of accidental death or death by suicide are both way higher than a healthy person’s chances. It saddens me that these illnesses are still considered either fake or psychsomatic. Support groups are so important here. These are such confusing illnesses. Literally and figuratively. I feel like anything we do to raise awareness and provide support, even if it’s as small as making a bracelet or a pin, counts in the long run. Thank you ladies for sharing with me. I wish you all a low pain or hopefully pain FREE day today!!! ♥ ~Cin

  9. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great pick!

  10. S Karkos
    S Karkos says:

    I loved your explanation of how the the different beads and ribbons, and the choices of the blue/purple are gorgeous, and definitely relate to FM & CFS/ME. I have FM and Chronic Myofascial Pain, as well as a host of other issues, sleep – periodic limb movement disorder, IBS, degenerative arthritis, etc. It started from a car accident in 1994, when I was 29. Took a few years to get dx’d, but at least when I did it was with my pain doc, who has taken wonderful care of me ever since.

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know how much I love this collection

  11. T Stensrud
    T Stensrud says:

    I have Chiari Malformation. Great idea to spread awareness this way.

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