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#JOTW 25th Anniversary/ 50th Birthday

iluvcarats

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I started hanging around PS in 2007, and finally joined in 2008. At first I mostly explored SMTB, enjoying all of the sparkly posts. At that time, I had little kids ages 4 and 7, and eventually I made my way over to the PS Moms page, where I found a really lovey, smart and funny group of women. We shared stories of our children, asked and answered each other’s questions, and it became a really nice support group/escape for me. It was fun to talk about my precocious girl, her side kick little brother with the silly grin and freckles in his ears, and our chocolate Labrador puppy who snacked on Stickley furniture and submersed his entire head into his water bowl when he drank. Now that little girl is in her senior year of college, her brother is starting college, and Muddy the wonder dog just turned 14 and has eyebrows reminiscent of Andy Rooney. He is mostly blind, selectively deaf, and we cherish each day we have left with him.

In two weeks, we will be empty nesters, and I just can’t even believe it, but here we are. This is a milestone year for me, as I turned 50, and it is our 25th anniversary. I’m hoping that my 50s are better than my 40s. Most of the previous decade has been spent in and out of doctors offices trying to figure out what was wrong. Finally, after exhausting every specialist, I was sent to Rheumatology, and was diagnosed with a combination of autoimmune diseases.

Before being diagnosed, I thought I knew about Autoimmune diseases, but I was wrong. Autoimmune diseases can and often do effect every part of your body. They attack tissues, organs, joints, muscles, nerve endings, skin, and most of all your spirit. They are often difficult to diagnose, they overlap specialties, and getting a diagnosis usually takes years. During this process, most patients are told that they are fine; there’s nothing wrong. And most people look fine. I don’t look sick. Meanwhile, your body is systematically attacking and killing itself, no one believes that you are sick, and life becomes an exhausting struggle. So to all of you warriors out there with RA, Lupus, Sjögren’s, MS, UCTD, Chung-Strauss, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, Crohn’s or any AI disease, I see you. Keep up the fight.

My husband asked what I wanted for our anniversary, and I decided to change my engagement ring. I’ve always had a round stone, and I’ve always liked detailed settings, and Ive been in love with French cuts ever since I was first introduced to them on PS. So here is my new ring

It is an emerald cut
2.72 D vvs2 with a French cut halo and French cut graduating sides set in platinum .

The bracelet was a gift from my husband for my 50th birthday. It is 6 inches long and weighs 8.7 carats.
*Apologies for typos, etc. I’m typing this on my phone.
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finerthings

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Wow, just stunning, both pieces. Congratulations on your 50th and your 25th wedding anniversary!
 

Tinkybell

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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Congratulations on the new ring and bracelet. They are beautiful on you! Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!
 

dk168

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Great ring, and lovely bracelet, thanks for sharing! :kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2:

And Happy 50th as well as Happy Anniversary!

DK :))
 

canuk-gal

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HI:

So wonderful to "see" you again! Sorry for your health issues.

Your new pieces are gorgeous!!! Wear them in health!

cheers--Sharon
 
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Horsegirl76

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Absolutely gorgeous! Happy Birthday and Anniversary! Those are two iconic pieces to celebrate such significant milestones. Enjoy them!
 

Halogirl1130

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Love this post! ❤️
Gorgeous ring and I hope your 50’s bring so much joy!
 

GlitterInMyHair

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Wow!! Gorgeous pieces!!

Congrats on your anniversary and happy birthday!
 

yennyfire

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Congrats on your anniversary and birthday! Your new bling is stupendous and I hope it ushers in a new chapter of good health for you!
 

Mayk

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Wow! :kiss2: :mrgreen: Stunning!
 

facetgirl

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What a beautiful way to celebrate your birthday and anniversary! Congratulations!! Your ring and bracelet are equally spectacular.

May I ask where you got the bracelet from? I love the 3 prong setting.
 

Tekate

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beautiful pieces and 50s are great! i wish you happiness and health!
 

diamondseeker2006

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It is so good to "see" you around here again! I have always admired your jewelry, and these new pieces are outstanding additions! The ring is a dream ring, and the bracelet is a gorgeous classic! Wonderful gifts to celebrate two important events! I am sorry to hear of your health issues and certainly hope you'll feel better and get the treatment you need. Did you use local jewelers for these? That ring setting is really beautifully designed!
 
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Petalouda

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Congratulations!!! Big milestones all around! Gorgeous ring and bracelet!!
 

MissGotRocks

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I remember you as well - so sorry to hear about your health problems but hopeful that you have finally untangled them all and are feeling good once again!
Your rings and bracelet are just stunning! Congratulations on the birthday and anniversary. Those are very glorious gifts indeed and I hope you are able to enjoy them to the fullest! Hope you’ll stick around with us for awhile
 

AprilBaby

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HAPPY celebrations!
 

Musia

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Happy two anniversaries to you! Both things are gorgeous and you deserve everything the best as a small compensation for your recent struggles. Wish you good health and happiness for many years in front of you!
 

Dandi

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Wow!! You really know how to celebrate!! Both pieces are utterly spectacular. Congratulations!
 

Polabowla

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Hurray for new bling & celebrating wonderful milestones!
Wishing you better health in your next decade & continuing happiness!
 
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Queenie60

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Double milestone and double bling! Congratulations.
 

GliderPoss

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I'm not crying YOU ARE! *blubs* what a sweet story and an ever sweeter ring to match! Congrats on making it through it all and the ring is well deserved. :kiss2:
 

Diamond Girl 21

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Gorgeous!!! Congratulations on your beautiful new pieces, and your milestones. And thanks for sharing your struggles and giving encouragement. As a fellow autoimmune suffer, I really appreciate it.
 

joelly

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I started hanging around PS in 2007, and finally joined in 2008. At first I mostly explored SMTB, enjoying all of the sparkly posts. At that time, I had little kids ages 4 and 7, and eventually I made my way over to the PS Moms page, where I found a really lovey, smart and funny group of women. We shared stories of our children, asked and answered each other’s questions, and it became a really nice support group/escape for me. It was fun to talk about my precocious girl, her side kick little brother with the silly grin and freckles in his ears, and our chocolate Labrador puppy who snacked on Stickley furniture and submersed his entire head into his water bowl when he drank. Now that little girl is in her senior year of college, her brother is starting college, and Muddy the wonder dog just turned 14 and has eyebrows reminiscent of Andy Rooney. He is mostly blind, selectively deaf, and we cherish each day we have left with him.

In two weeks, we will be empty nesters, and I just can’t even believe it, but here we are. This is a milestone year for me, as I turned 50, and it is our 25th anniversary. I’m hoping that my 50s are better than my 40s. Most of the previous decade has been spent in and out of doctors offices trying to figure out what was wrong. Finally, after exhausting every specialist, I was sent to Rheumatology, and was diagnosed with a combination of autoimmune diseases.

Before being diagnosed, I thought I knew about Autoimmune diseases, but I was wrong. Autoimmune diseases can and often do effect every part of your body. They attack tissues, organs, joints, muscles, nerve endings, skin, and most of all your spirit. They are often difficult to diagnose, they overlap specialties, and getting a diagnosis usually takes years. During this process, most patients are told that they are fine; there’s nothing wrong. And most people look fine. I don’t look sick. Meanwhile, your body is systematically attacking and killing itself, no one believes that you are sick, and life becomes an exhausting struggle. So to all of you warriors out there with RA, Lupus, Sjögren’s, MS, UCTD, Chung-Strauss, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, Crohn’s or any AI disease, I see you. Keep up the fight.

My husband asked what I wanted for our anniversary, and I decided to change my engagement ring. I’ve always had a round stone, and I’ve always liked detailed settings, and Ive been in love with French cuts ever since I was first introduced to them on PS. So here is my new ring

It is an emerald cut
2.72 D vvs2 with a French cut halo and French cut graduating sides set in platinum .

The bracelet was a gift from my husband for my 50th birthday. It is 6 inches long and weighs 8.7 carats.
*Apologies for typos, etc. I’m typing this on my phone.
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These are beautiful!!!! Happy birthday and congratulations on your silver anni

Your story got me in tears. I too suffer from autoimmune disease. Sjögren syndrome. It’s a struggle everyday. Every month I would be sick of something. It could be a cold, flu, sinus infection, bronchitis, etc. Now that we’re in quarantine, I haven’t had any a flare up.

It was the reason why I couldn’t get pregnant naturally. I had to undergo some operation and hormon treatment then mid 2019 my daughter was born. She is the light of my days. It wasn’t easy to be pregnant with her but it was worth it.

Congratulations again and best of luck with your health.
 

GreenPapaya

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Happy birthday and happy anniversary! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! Here's to many more birthdays and anniversaries! Enjoy those gorgeous gifts! Your ring is tdf!
 

derbygal

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What an amazing ring! Happy bday and anniversary. And I hope you can find support in your health journey.
 

Sunstorm

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Gorgeous! It was so wonderful to hear your story. I see you too. I had not really faced autoimmunity before I turned 40. I mean I just said oh fine whatever I suppose I inherited them. I did have a horrible bout when I was 20 but after that passed, until everything started crashing I did not really deal with it. Now I live and love life consciously, knowing and taking care of my body and cherishing joys like what beautiful bling could bring me! Congrats to you and stay well and safe!
 

diamondringlover

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Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary, beautiful pieces wear them in good health!
 

Ally T

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Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary! Your new pieces are the stuff of dreams - enjoy the heck out of them!

I am sorry you have faced such health struggles, but thankfully you got answers in the end. Let's hope the next chapter is happier & healthier than ever.

And please post a huge close up of the gallery on that stunner!
 

Matthews1127

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Happy birthday/anniversary!!
The ring and bracelet are both gorgeous!
The EC is perfection! Great choice in using frenchies in your settling!!!
Love everything about it!! :kiss2:
 

missy

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Gorgeous ❤️ Happy 25th anniversary and happy 50th birthday!

I totally understand what you went through/going through re AI diseases. You explained it perfectly. Glad you got the diagnoses and are finding relief.

I wish you good health and blingy joy.
(((Hugs))).
 
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