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April 10, 2018

Finding Hope and Passing it on

My key was received from my best friend, Rosie, just after Christmas in 2015. My word was HOPE, this was given to me about a month after my fiancé was diagonosed with Osteosarcoma and for the simple reason - because I didn’t have it, I didn’t have HOPE. She told me the meaning behind the key and that I was to wear it until HOPE was found. I wore the key from that day, until Harry was given the all clear. However, the journey though the first months of remission were not easy.

Trying to adjust back to a ‘normal’ life before cancer has its struggles and I still seemed to find myself without HOPE. I would question Rose why I couldn’t pass the key on and she would reassure me and say ‘there’s no shame in keeping the key - you will know when the time is right’ That time came on the 9th November 2017 when Harry’s Mum - the legend that is Deb received the news too - she had cancer. Seeing the entire family in pain - it came to me, just like Rosie said - I knew I had found my HOPE, I knew Deb was going to be okay, for the simple reason - there was no other choice? and then I had it, finally found my HOPE.

Today, on the 18th November 2017, I made sure that my journey and HOPE would stay with me forever and decided to get the word tattooed across my ribs. In addition to this, after two years I gave my key to someone who needed it more - someone that was yet to find their HOPE. Deb now holds the key and I hope she will find the same strength through this next battle we face as a family. I know Deb will be okay - we all just need a little ‘HOPE’ thank you, The Giving Keys and thank you, Rosie.

-Sophie

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