More Than You Know – The Giving Keys
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On Friday, June 14th 2013, I was given a key inscribed with the word STRENGTH. This key was given to me by Danielle, a pupil who'd attended my kindergarten over 20 years ago. 

Danielle was involved in an accident and had a severe injury to her foot. She now suffers from CRPS (Complex Regional Pail Syndrome). CRPS is a chronic pain condition which is believed to be caused by damage to, or the malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system involves nerve signaling from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, body temperature, and/or swelling in the affected areas.

This young lady has suffered for years and I have always admired and been amazed at her strength and positive attitude dealing with all the effects that CRPS has had on her beautiful body and mind.I was diagnosed with breast cancer this past March, and have now started my very intense chemotherapy treatment as the form of cancer I have is very aggressive. 

I am away from my home as I live in the West Indies and now will be in Houston until November being treated. This has been a very difficult time for me dealing with this illness, being away from home, away from my family and friends, the loss of my hair, fears of the effects of chemotherapy, and anxiety about the future. 

On the morning of Friday, June 14th I was in tears having had a particularly tough day and went to visit Danni, when to my surprise I was told about The Giving Keys and was given my "STRENGTH" key. This touched my very soul and I realized that the issues I am dealing with are nothing compared to Danielle's who passed the key to me.

I promise to keep my key safe and will have it as a reminder of Danielle and her "STRENGTH" which I know will support me until I find someone who needs it more than I do.

Thanks Danielle... you gave me more than you know.


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  • My dad, the sweetest man you could find had cancer. The disease affects not only the person with it, but the entire family. My friend’s mother has breast cancer and has been taking a herb called ganoderma. It seems to help when she has chemo. Previously she used to be very ill after treatment, but with the ganoderma, she can take her treatment and return to work the same day. You can find research on ganoderma at, and you can purchase it at My friend’s mom uses the spore powder, which is the strongest form of the herb.

    All the best, and may the blessings be.

    Avagale Rajkumar on

  • Thank you for sharing your experience!! It reminds me that we often worry about our small stuff, and forget that there are folks who are in a worse place than us and are holding strong with a smile on their faces!! May you be blessed with excellent mental & physical health! Stay smiling!!

    Caitleen Storm Reyes on

  • Just to say “Hi”. and that you have a lot of people following you and with you…..Stay Strong!

    Shaun Spiers on

  • You are both inspirations to so many, in so many ways. Remember that we are all here for you. Lots of love,hope to see you soon. <3

    Maggie Lloyd on

  • I’m so glad that you are doing fine.Just keep your head up,and I will keep praying for you,God is Good.We just have to keep our faith.And Im so happy Danielle gave you the key,that is a very good ideal,the key means alot to people.I have always heard the key to your heart.So keep it close to your heart.God Bless.

    Loretta palacios on

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