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Keeping the Faith

Dec 8, 2014 045



Amy’s story begins in the spring of 2011 when she began to notice she was having trouble making her left leg move. She remembers almost falling several times at church and telling her husband Jon that it felt like she had had a stroke even though she knew she had not. A good friend noticed that she was walking funny and encouraged her to see a doctor. She went to her family doctor and he had her get a MRI, which reveled a large mass on the right side of her brain. She contacted two surgeons who recommended immediate surgery. She had Dr Barnett at Baylor perform her surgery on Sept 12, 2011. A mass about the size of a small egg was removed which was later determined to be a grade IV glioblastoma. She was paralyzed completely on her left side after surgery. After several weeks in intensive care, she was moved to a general room . She was later moved to Baylor Rehabilitation. At BRI, she regained most of her motor skills on her left side and was an inspiration to her family, friends and the BRI staff. She was asked by the staff to visit another patient who was going through what Amy had because they felt she could encourage this patient. Her oncologist, Dr Fink, prescribed both radiation and 2 years of monthly chemotherapy. She finished her radiation treatments in 2012 and the chemotherapy in October 2013. Throughout the entire treatment time, she was positive and very appreciative of all of her caregivers while taking care of her family, home, and working full time. When times were tough she continued to keep her faith in God by reading her Bible and listening to Christian music. She even made meals for others who were going through a similar situation. At the end of her chemo her friends celebrated with her and gave her a book with quotes telling how much she had inspired them. Amy’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.