Elizabeth Wald’s RA Awareness Jewelry Shines

Elizabeth Wald’s RA Awareness Jewelry Shines

For Elizabeth Wald, jewelry isn’t just an accessory or adornment for beautification purposes. For her, jewelry has become a lifestyle. After leaving a career as a personal trainer, Elizabeth successfully launched an independent jewelery line in response to a rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia diagnosis a few years back.  Today, her mission is to decorate others with her designs while also spreading arthritis awareness.

Many patients are adversely affected by the news of an arthritis diagnosis, sometimes falling into deep despair once they receive word. But for Elizabeth it was the opposite. Instead of being sad, she was thankful that she finally had an answer as to what had been causing her so much pain for so many years. Now she had something to fight.

Elizabeth of Stones In Harmony raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness!

Long before her jewelry designing days, Elizabeth had a successful career as a personal trainer.  Despite her arthritis diagnosis, Elizabeth kept up her personal training schedule for seven years after her rheumatologist gave her the news of her RA. She shifted gears in terms of her training and made the most out of her disease by learning how to modify fitness programs for post-rehabilitation patients and other special populations not accustomed to strenuous fitness activity.

By nature Elizabeth is a determined and stubborn woman that never gives up, which is one of the reasons she is such a success story – she has never let her arthritis beat her.

“There are different types of developments and constant changes in my life with RA that I hope will be an inspirational message to all,” Elizabeth stated. “My wish is that my experiences will give everyone, but especially my daughter, the knowledge and tools necessary to handle any situation she may face in the future, all because she was raised by someone who never gave up.”

After she stopped personal training professionally, Elizabeth bravely launched her own jewelry line and website called, Stones in Harmony, a brand that strives to make women feel empowered and beautiful, both inside and out.

Elizabeth is very conscious of arthritis as she designs her creations, making sure that the sizes fluctuate enough to fit over swollen joints and that each piece remains comfortable. One of the main missions for the company is not only for women to be proud to wear the jewelry, but to be able to wear it 24/7.

Nothing illustrates this point better than Elizabeth’s custom made medical alert bracelets available on StonesInHarmony.com. The rule for safety is to wear them 24/7 and because these bracelets are fashionable, they get worn. “I have so many people with RA, Lupus, Fibro, etc. write in to me thanking me for these bracelets,” said Elizabeth, “it brings me such joy to be able to help in even just a small way.”

Also in her bracelet line are special bracelets with the letters “RA” attached to them. “By wearing [RA bracelets], women are often asked what RA stands for. This opens the door of communication about the disease,” Elizabeth said, “that educates the public about the devastating effects RA has on millions of people. The bracelets start a dialogue.”

The proceeds from her arthritis awareness jewelry goes on to support arthritis charities, one of them being the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF). Elizabeth believes awareness is the first step to moving forward. One of her doctrines is that through awareness, more are educated about the scope of arthritis and how funding research is so critical to finding a cure.

“ANRF is the reason I am walking today,” she went on. “If it wasn’t for Enbrel, a drug created as a result of previous ANRF funded research, I wouldn’t be able to turn the key in my front door.”
 

If you’d like to support arthritis research like Elizabeth does, click HERE to donate!

 

medical alert bracelet - Stones In Harmony

Another bonus to having rheumatoid arthritis is the group of people she has found that are going through the same trials and tribulations as her. What has helped her the most is knowing and feeling like she is part of a bigger whole, a community of chronic disease sufferers who welcome pain every day and, consequently, become stronger for it. She urges arthritis sufferers to try and create work from their homes as a way of coping with a recent diagnosis, or to make a difference by helping others to raise awareness.

“If RA survivors believe in the power of creative and positive thinking, they can be ‘thrivers’ over just survivors,” Elizabeth said proudly. “Life is not over just because you have RA. You can turn this life altering situation into a positive event by pursuing your dreams. Don’t let it stop you from having a dream. It’s amazing what you can do, if you tell yourself that you can.”

Keep up with Stones In Harmony at StonesInHarmony.com. If you want to share your arthritis story please contact KYLE for more information!

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Arthritis National Research Foundation
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The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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