Inspired by the pallet of the Earth, Sel de Vie’s La Forêt Collection pays homage to our natural surroundings. This neutral collection features tones inspired by soil, stone, leaf, sky, and smoke. Because each is handmade, the design varies slightly by necklace.
The Rima measures 34 inches.
MEET RIMA & THE GROUP OF SEVEN FRIENDS WE NAMED OUR LA FORÊT NECKLACE COLLECTION IN HONOR OF
With CF being so isolating, you tend to look for familiarity, people who might be in the same boat as you. That is exactly how our group of seven started...
We all watched each other from afar over social media, messaged each other tips and well-wishes as we watched each other receive the gift of a second chance at life — double lung transplants. We didn’t become the group we are today until the idea of a vacation together came up, for the first time in our lives, with our new lungs, we could be together, not six feet apart, or in our case states apart.
With doctor's permission, we decided that the happiest place on Earth would have to be the place we all met for the first time in person. Seven girls, ages 22 to 34, with the only thing in common being a genetic disease and a lung transplant... a lot could go wrong. However, we all had this instant connection.
The week at Disney brought us friendship that will no doubt last our entire lives. We talk every single day whether it be over FaceTime, Snapchat, text message, or sending memes to each other over social media.
Living with a chronic disease is hard, going through a double lung transplant is hard, having friends like this group makes it a little easier.
Unfortunately, we all know there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, and lung transplant is risky. Our seven will always be seven, even when there are only six physically with us now. We lost Annie in July 2019, but there’s not a day she isn’t brought up in some way.
We know life isn’t guaranteed, but we choose to savor the moments we have been given, especially the friendship we’ve created because of this disease.
Rima Manomaitis, 29
Rima was diagnosed at four months old. She always loved being outside and would collect frogs and try to bring them home as pets. Despite being needing to go to get IV antibiotics for weeks at a time she graduated college.
On Mother’s Day, May 14th, 2017, Rima received her double lung transplant. Since then she’s been eating pizza whenever she can and is able to hike and camp to her hearts desire. She recently completed her first 14er on Huron Peak!