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We all have unique stories, circumstances and challenges. At Reminderband we strive to help you share them with the ones you love or help you gain support. We want to hear your stories! Please submit your unique tale in the comments below.

We will choose a story at random to create a custom wristband for to help them share their tale! Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see the winner! Contest will run until Valentine’s Day (February 14th).

4 Responses to “Share Your Story”

  1. Casie Shimansky

    Our story began on April 10, 2004 when my sister Kellie became very ill. A healthy, vibrant, athletic girl for 18 years — and, within one week? She was gone. We still have no idea, no answers, to as what caused her sudden multiple organ failure.

    Kellie was, at best, eclectic. She drove a purple Ford Ranger, but longed for a mustang. Would go line dancing on Thursday nights with her friends, but listened to quite a bit of rap. And just when you thought you finally had her figured out? She’d got ahead and surprise you. Best of all, Kellie was a collector of friends from all walks of life. EVERYONE was a friend to Kellie, and it showed in the days and weeks after we lost her.

    When we arrived home on the afternoon of April 10th 2004 — there was a still quietness to our home because…even “home” was unfamiliar territory for just the four of us now. It was the still quietness, the creaky adjustments, of what life would be like from this day forward. One by one, her friends and their families flooded our home. Neighbors we hadn’t seen or spoken to in years, opened our door and surrounded us. And our rather large family from New Jersey stopped everything and as fast as they could, and all through the night caravanned their way in multiple cars to Florida where they engulfed our home. Once again, their was laughter. Stories of Kellie growing up, stories from our school days, stories from just the week before….when we had no way of knowing…how quickly life would change.

    I remember a few of the adults telling me – carefully warning me – that these days would come to a close. Our family would return to New Jersey…which they did, they had to, much as they didnt want to. And we would have to return back to work and school…which we did, in time. And her friends — would leave us, because they were young…and still had to grow up, and their lives would take them away from this moment. Not because they wanted to, but because that’s how life worked.

    Except…for us? It didn’t.

    Kellie’s Friends, one by one, became our family. Her closest and best friends, shared weekly Sunday night dinners with us — came over to celebrate birthdays and holidays with us, they were simply there anytime we called…and even when we didnt? They’d just show up. It didn’t take us long to realize that they…had no intentions of going anywhere. They are now sisters and brothers to me and my youngest sister, and sons and daughters to my parents. And it has to make you smile…because…only Kellie could’ve brought our worlds together in such a way…that no one would ever want to leave it.

    Our first ReminderBands were made a few years after Kellie passed, for an annual memorial that we hold — which is really just a family get together, a day that was once sad and devastatingly heartbreaking…is now one we look forward to, because we know we’ll all be together. We know there will be laughter through tears, new memories made, old stories shared, and – ultimately – lives celebrated. Just a few years ago, we had people requesting new bands…and so, instead of ordering the same style…I thought I’d change it up. The “New” Kellie Bands had her name engraved on them and read “Live Out Loud” — as a daily reminder to anyone who wears it that you ONLY have this one shot at life…so, do as Kellie would’ve…and Live Out Loud. Face your fears, squash your demons, speak up for those who’ve lost their voices, dare to do the unthinkable, DREAM wildly, tell someone that you love them…because tomorrow isn’t promised and we only have today.

    We’re lucky in that we have each other…and lucky to have found ReminderBands who’ve helped us to tell our story — Kellie’s story — time and time again. “Live Out Loud” Kellie bands are worn on friends around the globe — Australia, India, countless US states — the bands have been photographed in Egypt, with newborn babies, at weddings, and even at a YellowCard concert where we were lucky enough to meet Kellie’s favorite band. And each time — her story is told? It is one of hope and love, a world of laughter, and incredible people who came together and created something so truly unique out of something so horrifyingly gut wrenching. We’re attempting something different, something positive, something that shows ANYONE — no matter WHAT is going on in their lives? Its time to focus on following your dreams and truly LIVING OUT LOUD.

    Thank you, ReminderBands…for helping us share my sister’s story for all these years. We couldn’t have done it without you.

    Reply
  2. Casie [kay-cee; KC] (@TheNameIsCasie)

    Our story began on April 10, 2004 when my sister Kellie became very ill. A healthy, vibrant, athletic girl for 18 years — and, within one week? She was gone. We still have no idea, no answers, to as what caused her sudden multiple organ failure.

    Kellie was, at best, eclectic. She drove a purple Ford Ranger, but longed for a mustang. Would go line dancing on Thursday nights with her friends, but listened to quite a bit of rap. And just when you thought you finally had her figured out? She’d got ahead and surprise you. Best of all, Kellie was a collector of friends from all walks of life. EVERYONE was a friend to Kellie, and it showed in the days and weeks after we lost her.

    When we arrived home on the afternoon of April 10th 2004 — there was a still quietness to our home because…even “home” was unfamiliar territory for just the four of us now. It was the still quietness, the creaky adjustments, of what life would be like from this day forward. One by one, her friends and their families flooded our home. Neighbors we hadn’t seen or spoken to in years, opened our door and surrounded us. And our rather large family from New Jersey stopped everything and as fast as they could, and all through the night caravanned their way in multiple cars to Florida where they engulfed our home. Once again, their was laughter. Stories of Kellie growing up, stories from our school days, stories from just the week before….when we had no way of knowing…how quickly life would change.

    I remember a few of the adults telling me – carefully warning me – that these days would come to a close. Our family would return to New Jersey…which they did, they had to, much as they didnt want to. And we would have to return back to work and school…which we did, in time. And her friends — would leave us, because they were young…and still had to grow up, and their lives would take them away from this moment. Not because they wanted to, but because that’s how life worked.

    Except…for us? It didn’t.

    Kellie’s Friends, one by one, became our family. Her closest and best friends, shared weekly Sunday night dinners with us — came over to celebrate birthdays and holidays with us, they were simply there anytime we called…and even when we didnt? They’d just show up. It didn’t take us long to realize that they…had no intentions of going anywhere. They are now sisters and brothers to me and my youngest sister, and sons and daughters to my parents. And it has to make you smile…because…only Kellie could’ve brought our worlds together in such a way…that no one would ever want to leave it.

    Our first ReminderBands were made a few years after Kellie passed, for an annual memorial that we hold — which is really just a family get together, a day that was once sad and devastatingly heartbreaking…is now one we look forward to, because we know we’ll all be together. We know there will be laughter through tears, new memories made, old stories shared, and – ultimately – lives celebrated. Just a few years ago, we had people requesting new bands…and so, instead of ordering the same style…I thought I’d change it up. The “New” Kellie Bands had her name engraved on them and read “Live Out Loud” — as a daily reminder to anyone who wears it that you ONLY have this one shot at life…so, do as Kellie would’ve…and Live Out Loud. Face your fears, squash your demons, speak up for those who’ve lost their voices, dare to do the unthinkable, DREAM wildly, tell someone that you love them…because tomorrow isn’t promised and we only have today.

    We’re lucky in that we have each other…and lucky to have found ReminderBands who’ve helped us to tell our story — Kellie’s story — time and time again. “Live Out Loud” Kellie bands are worn on friends around the globe — Australia, India, countless US states — the bands have been photographed in Egypt, with newborn babies, at weddings, and even at a YellowCard concert where we were lucky enough to meet Kellie’s favorite band. And each time — her story is told? It is one of hope and love, a world of laughter, and incredible people who came together and created something so truly unique out of something so horrifyingly gut wrenching. We’re attempting something different, something positive, something that shows ANYONE — no matter WHAT is going on in their lives? Its time to focus on following your dreams and truly LIVING OUT LOUD.

    Thank you, ReminderBands…for helping us share my sister’s story for all these years. We couldn’t have done it without you.

    Reply

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