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Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Melody of Living Amidst the Dying

And so began day two of our “adventure” at Mayo Clinic. I got a great night’s sleep, but woke up with a huge headache and runny nose. Seems I caught a cold from the craziness that had been the past 13 days. Not to mention, Maisie had been coughing in my face non-stop. All in…

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  • Mary BraggFebruary 1, 2015 - 11:59 pm

    Amy, I somehow understand your confusion. I went through very close to the sam.e thing with Doug. You have to trust and believe they are e doing what is best for Seth. I pray so.com. As the day looms I pray you have the courage you need. God bless MaryReplyCancel

  • Denise Faul KesanenFebruary 1, 2015 - 6:15 pm

    Brian and I have been following your blog and are praying daily for your beautiful family and for God’s healing touch on Seth’s eye.ReplyCancel

  • Cathie 'Hardy' PearsonJanuary 31, 2015 - 7:46 pm

    Once again, Amy, I am in awe of your ability to put your thoughts and feelings into words! Still, at the same time, so sorry for what you & Seth are having to go through yet amazed at how beautifully you are handling it. Continuing to pray for God’s strength and peace as you navigate this difficult journey in your lives.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BaunsgardJanuary 31, 2015 - 6:03 pm

    Dear Amy
    You have a wonderful way of putting in writing what so many other people also feel as they go through the unwanted experience of dealing with cancer. I especially related to that sick feeling and a sense of not being able to process even simple things as how to get from point A to point B. God bless you as keep putting one foot in front of the other. It isn’t easy and I so admire your ability to look about you and see that other people are also going through their life altering struggles. I will continue to pray daily for Seth and you.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel ArntsonJanuary 30, 2015 - 2:07 pm

    Oh my! What an article. When you described that sick feeling in your stomach, it all came back. That sick feeling is just so tough and yet, you go on. Just know I am thinking about you. You also had mentioned something about how life changes. I remember our nurse for Kelsey saying that “you will find a new normal.” I really wanted to slap her right then. There was nothing about that journey that I wanted to call normal, but she was right. We found a new normal, and it was beautiful – different but beautiful. Then with Doug’s journey, I was just so concerned about him losing his voice as I’m sure you are worried about Seth’s vision. I can only pray and think about your family often as you go through this. If you EVER need anything, please count me in.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa GlapaJanuary 30, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    Amy, I hope all goes well with you and your family. You have brought back memories of our families times at mayo and fairview medical appointments for my father . Peace be with you. Terry GlapaReplyCancel

  • RaquelJanuary 30, 2015 - 7:50 am

    Beautiful and heart-breaking at the same time. All the details you capture make me feel like I was walking along beside you. Praying for you and Seth and the 3 littles.ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 1, 2015 - 10:18 pm

      Thank you, Raquel. Glad to hear you felt like you were “walking along beside me.” Sometimes it’s hard to know if I’m actually conveying what I intend to convey. So appreciate your faithful prayer support.ReplyCancel

Acclimating to the Medical World

I arrived back home from my trip to the Dominican Republic on Thursday night. On Friday morning, Seth received a phone call from Mayo Clinic notifying us that we needed to be there for two days of appointments for further evaluation of his eye cancer starting at 8:00 Tuesday morning. There wasn’t much time to prepare, so we quickly…

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  • Jaimie West BowmanJanuary 30, 2015 - 3:34 am

    Amy, this is so good. I love that you are sharing this journey because so many people can relate. I love how you described Maisies innocence and the dichotomy between her childhood and what was happening around her. Can’t wait to read more, although I’m so sorry you guys are having to face this.ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardJanuary 29, 2015 - 7:01 pm

    You captured the essence of dealing with this whole ordeal with beauty and grace. I’m sure having Maisie along will continue to provide you and all those around you with a distraction from the realities all are facing. That little smiling face will melt hearts and being a great blessing! We are praying for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Mary BraggJanuary 29, 2015 - 6:44 pm

    Reading and prayers SethReplyCancel

  • Jill TuckerJanuary 28, 2015 - 6:15 pm

    Sounds as though you had an amazing trip!! Praying for your family and for miraculous healing! Love, JillReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 1, 2015 - 10:15 pm

      I did have an amazing trip, Jill. Thank you so much for your prayers and for checking in. 🙂 AmyReplyCancel

The Apple of My Eye

Less than 48 hours before I was scheduled to leave for my trip to the Dominican Republic with Compassion International, my husband called to share the news that he has choroidal melanoma. Eye cancer. I’d just finished my morning workout when he called, and had a whole day of packing and preparing planned for the day…

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  • Jennifer CampJanuary 27, 2015 - 3:10 am

    Dearest Amy, praying for you both, sister. xoReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 27, 2015 - 1:28 pm

      Thank you, sweet Jennifer. You are faithful and dear to my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Revak MilkesJanuary 27, 2015 - 2:56 am

    Thank you Amy! I hung onto every word of that. I love the love you two share… It’s heartwarming 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Meigan ThorntonJanuary 27, 2015 - 2:24 am
  • Melissa Wilkowski SterlingJanuary 26, 2015 - 9:50 pm

    You guys are right to expect the best possible outcome, having seen a couple of these in my career from what Seth posted on FB sounds like you guys got the best possible prognosis/treatment plan that you could get. Good luck to you both, you’ve got this.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingJanuary 26, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    I’ll see you all on Sunday. Looking forward to staying with my sweet grandkids!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingJanuary 26, 2015 - 9:19 pm

    Love you all to the MAX!!! Great choice!! And by the way, Seth’s awesome attitude brings me to tears! XOXOReplyCancel

  • mark parrishJanuary 26, 2015 - 8:52 pm

    Amy- You are a very talented writer! I look forward to staying in touch with you through your series of writing. Please let Seth know he is in my thoughts, prayers and has been my dedication in all my yoga classes. We focus on one person and send positive energy towards that individual. Lots of good vibes coming your way!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 27, 2015 - 1:27 pm

      Wow! That’s fantastic. Thank you so much, Mark, for your thoughts, prayers and positive, specific focus towards Seth. We appreciate it very much.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Wendt O'DonnellJanuary 26, 2015 - 8:51 pm

    Uff da, Amy. We’re praying.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Katherine BoyleJanuary 26, 2015 - 8:49 pm

    Love and light to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Hackman KellermanJanuary 26, 2015 - 8:09 pm

    Please give each other a big hug from me.ReplyCancel

  • Kim F. LeDouxJanuary 26, 2015 - 7:56 pm

    Life takes us on many journeys…. Sending you and Seth strength, love, and healthy healing prayers to help you through yours. He’s definitely got an amazing partner to help him through. Thank you Amy!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 27, 2015 - 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Kim, for your generous and positive words.ReplyCancel

  • Monica PalmerJanuary 26, 2015 - 7:52 pm

    so very proud of you & Seth! I can’t express enough how willing I am to help in any way! You are all on my heart and mind continuously! Pslam 16:8-11 HUGS!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 27, 2015 - 1:25 pm

      Thanks Monica. I will definitely let you know if/when we need some help. Appreciate you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Annette TryonJanuary 26, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    Will be following and know this will have a positive outcome for your beautiful in every way family.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 27, 2015 - 1:25 pm

      Thank you, Annette. You are always a blessing to me. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amanda HillJanuary 26, 2015 - 2:58 pm

    Please get my contact info on facebook (I friended you) and call me! I’m a friend of Sandy’s and an eye cancer survivor. I’d love to share positive stories. When I went through it I knew no one and was scared to death. But it’s survivable, and I’d be glad to answer any questions you might have.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm

      Hi Amanda! It’s a pleasure to meet you and good to hear you had positive outcomes with choroidal melanoma so many years ago. I mentioned this on my response to you on Facebook, but had they not been able to get us in at Mayo, they were going to send us to Philadelphia as well. Had that been the case, we probably would have seen the same doctor you did. Thanks for following, and I’m sure we’ll get to “know” one another through the journey. Best wishes to you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Heska KingJanuary 26, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Love you, girl! You know I’m praying. xoReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 27, 2015 - 1:22 pm

      I do, sweet Sandra. Thank you for your steadfast prayer support.ReplyCancel

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

It’s true, you know. It’s really true. A picture is worth a thousand words. I love taking pictures. Photography is the one thing besides writing that I’ve done consistently since I was a little girl. I just purchased my dream camera and lens in September 2014, and was particularly looking forward to using it on our sponsor trip…

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  • Karen SelbyJanuary 24, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    Hey Amy, I was finally able to sit down and read all your posts. Thank You! Your writing is amazing and you reflected several things that felt when I met you and it is awesome to read the work God did in your heart as you progressed through this. The post about being empty reminded me of a time when someone said and I remembered and could find no other words except to repeat it when I needed it. God can only fill empty vessels. The giving and receiving is an area I am growing in and I will message you about the 3rd.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne ReynoldsJanuary 20, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, the post, the photos, and your heart for Compassion! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 20, 2015 - 8:59 pm

      Thank you, Yvonne. It’s an honor to advocate for the children and Compassion. I’m tremendously humbled when I consider the fact that I’ve been able to experience two sponsor trips with Compassion. I’d take the trips again in a heartbeat, and will recommend them without reservation to anyone who asks me about my experiences in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Bri McKoyJanuary 20, 2015 - 10:53 am

    I love how much you loved on and engaged your sponsored child, Amy! These pictures capture both hearts so beautifully! XoxoReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 20, 2015 - 8:42 pm

      Thank you, Bri. It was a true delight to spend the day with her. Words don’t adequately express how good it was for my soul. That’s why I love the pictures. They say it all. 🙂ReplyCancel

How a Formerly Sponsored Child Taught Me Anything’s Possible

On our last day in the Dominican Republic, Yulesi, Diana and Jonathan came to the front of the room to share their testimonies with our group. All three grew up in extreme poverty as children. All three had been enrolled in Compassion International’s Child Development Sponsorship Program. And all three completed the program successfully. Yulesi is in medical school and…