Origami Owl Found Me

Origami Owl Found Me
My first locket…
Blessed, Hope, Cross, Pink Ribbon, Pink Heart

Life Changing

On December 26, 2008, my life changed forever.  I was 47 years old when I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.   I did not think this would ever happen to me. In all reality, it did.  By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer was Stage 3a and Grade 3, a very aggressive form of cancer.

When you receive a diagnosis of cancer, your life changes forever.  From that point on, you are known as the one who has cancer.  Some people deal with it by talking to everyone about every detail.  That just wasn’t me.   I prayed, spoke as if I was already healed and immersed myself in worship. I am a woman of faith and I put my trust in God to bring about His divine will.

It took years for me to be able to talk about my diagnosis and progress without tearing up. Eventually, I  became the principal at my own school.  I began to share my story with those who needed words of encouragement. Inner healing began to take place every time I reached out to help others.

Origami Owl

During that time in my life, Origami Owl Custom Jewelry found me.  With the assistance of one of my teachers, I designed the locket in the picture above.  Wearing my custom locket gave me voice when I had no voice. I chose each of the charms because they have special meaning to me:

  • Pink Ribbon – Symbol of Breast Cancer
  • Cross – My hope is in the Lord.
  • Pink Hope oval – I was speaking ‘hope’ over my situation. (positive attitude)
  • Sparkle Pink Heart – I love anything pink and sparkly.
  • Blessed Plate – I am blessed.

In October, 2014, I began to share my story through my Facebook page and on my blog.  The purpose for my Facebook page is to: inspire, encourage and empower. I recently reconnected with Origami Owl to discover that their Mission Statement embraces the very purpose I started my Facebook page.

“Our mission is to be a force for good; to love, inspire & motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams & empower them to make a difference in the lives of others.”

I recently became a designer with Origami Owl to tell my story and to continue to be a force for good, inspiration and to make a difference in the lives of others.

As my story changes, so does my locket. I have added… Designer Charm, Blog, Hope (script) Also, I put all charms in a heart locket because the cause will always be close to my heart.
As my story changes, so does my locket.
I have added… Designer Charm, Blog, Hope (script) Also, I put all charms in a heart locket because the cause will always be close to my heart.
Heart locket-different angle
Heart locket-different angle

Every story is unique and important. I invite you to visit my new website and create your story @ http://www.laurastarner.OrigamiOwl.com.



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    1. They are so great. My girl has one for ballet and one that just has pink crystals, lipstick and nail polish. She loves it.

  1. That’s very beautiful and well said. No one can ever handle it the way you do. There is so much heart and will and you are so inspiring. The lockets are lovely, I really like the second one that you designed, it’s perfect!

  2. That is so awesome. Those are some really beautiful pieces you put together. We are all pulling and rooting for you. Praying too.

  3. Thank you for sharing your story. I love that you can tell it with an Origami Owl locket. Some people can’t find the words, and this is perfect.

  4. These pieces are lovely. The lockets are great items to remind us about our personal journeys. These would make nice presents to other girls.

  5. Faith works in mysterious ways. You met then reconnected when it really was the right time and you both had the same message to tell people about. You’ll be fine. You seem like a strong woman.

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