As we come into the Month of February and the Super Snow Moon on February 9, 2020, it is also a time of energy shifts, spiritual influences, and vibrations of love. It is a time to appreciate the people around us with love and compassion but to also reflect on the love from others and what it means to you on a personal level. We tend to get caught up with life and the business of each day and forget to look around and SEE and FEEL the love that surrounds us daily. It can reflect in a person, pet, or the love that went into creating a home, a hobby, or plans made.
With these intense feelings of love this month on a spiritual level we have chosen to bring light to a beautiful individual, full of love, who has lost his life too soon to Ocular Melanoma or referred to as Uveal Melanoma.
His name was Matt Abati and he was 22.
When melanoma occurs in the eye it is called Ocular Melanoma or more specifically, Uveal Melanoma, because it forms in the uveal tract of the eye. It is rarer than skin melanoma and behaves quite differently. Ocular melanoma is the most common primary cancer of the eye in adults and the most dangerous, especially when it spreads to the liver, a complication in about half of people diagnosed with this disease. It affects about 2,000 adults every year in the United States and occurs most often in lightly pigmented individuals with a median age of 55 years. The cause of uveal melanoma is not yet known but some factors that may increase the risk of getting this type of cancer include, having fair skin, freckles, skin that burns easily, having blue or green eyes, and being over the age of 55. Sometimes there is no early signs or symptoms of this cancer, but things to be aware of are changes in vision or blurred vision, floaters, or spots that drift in your vision, flashes of light, a dark spot on your iris, changes in pupil size or shape, or changes in the position of the eyeball in the socket.
In April 2018, Matt was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, which immediately metastasized to his liver. Matt fought with courage and determination to the very last moment in September 2019. Matt’s life was short but incredibly impactful to all who met him. His family started a foundation in his honor called “Love Yours”. These two small words were a tattoo Matt had on his wrist but the meaning so much larger. To him it represented to find your own love in the world, find what you love, find what you do that spreads love to others, find the love others need and find how your love can change the world, or maybe just change one.
Love Yours Mission
The mission of this foundation is to provide health and wellness opportunities to children and young adults who have developmental disabilities, are going through medical treatments, or who are survivors and need assistance in gaining their strength and confidence.
What crystal best suits this month’s foundation that embraces love in all aspects of one’s life….Carnelian in the form of a heart. This stone encourages a practical and compassionate point of view and will help you react to others with kindness. It is known as a stone of truth, love, and faith. If you want to feel more honesty, love, and devotion in your life this stone helps with that and those that they love. Most importantly it encourages a love of life, as does “Love Yours”
How To Support
100% of all proceeds when purchasing the carnelian heart will be donated to Love Yours – A Matt Abati Foundation