In 2001, Tracy Alva Lawder lost her mother. Two months later, 35-year-old Tracy felt tingling and numbness in her arms and legs on her entire left side. Family and friends assured her that she was probably experiencing depression or anxiety brought on by the loss of her mother.
It wasnâ€™t until she went for an MRI that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Tracy, a young healthy, active woman, was about to begin a different journey from her childhood visions. There is no cure for MS.
Today, Tracy continues to battle this disease. She will never give up. But she has decided it is time to make a difference for others who are faced with this Multiple Sclerosis. Tracy is on a missionâ€”Tracy Alvaâ€™s Mission. The organization exists to confront MS and help people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis manage the physical, emotional, and financial challenges they face every day.
Now Tracy has developed, with her good friend Dr. Robi Ludwig, a beautiful and inspiring way to raise funds and support for this cause. Robi designed the Believe Pendant, a beautiful silver filigree disc with a vintage look, that says “believe” on the back.
Tracy says, â€œMy mom just adored Robi. You know, when your mom speaks about friendship and special people stay in your life from start to finish â€“ well, Robi was one of those people. It was natural that we would ask Robi to be the one to design a piece of jewelry for my mission.â€
Robi, a renowned psychotherapist who has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, and FOX, joyfully created the special pendant – the first inspirational jewelry line designed for MS.
â€œAs a therapist I know how powerful words can be,” says Robi. “I loved the idea of a butterfly, because it represents transformation during times of transition. Itâ€™s also a hopeful symbolic reference for rising above problems during difficult times.
I wanted the word ‘Believe’ because thatâ€™s what we so often need to remind ourselves to do when life presents us with itâ€™s multiple challenges. Reading an inspirational word, or having it near our body can sometimes give us the hope and little extra boost we need, to get us through the day.”