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Hi I'm Amy

I am a wife, mother of 5 and a breast cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fourth child of six for my mom and the oldest of three for my dad, my mother's second husband. I love music and played the clarinet in marching band in high school and college. I graduated college with a BS in Zoology pre-med and a minor in chemistry, four days later I delivered my husband and I's first of five children. I enjoy being a stay-at-home mom, gardening, photography, scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends and just being outside. While living in China for my husband's work I discovered a lump in my right breast. A little over a month later I was diagnosed with Stage 3a breast cancer at 39 years old, a 6cm primary tumor with an additional 0.4cm tumor in a lymph node. My husband had another year on his contract in China so my mother went to China in my place, to help care for our five children aged between 6-17. I stayed with my husband's sister's family in the States to complete my treatment, she being a breast cancer survivor. I completed 8 rounds of chemotherapy in 16 weeks and lost my hair, eyebrows and all but 1 eyelash. I then had a bilateral mastectomy, expansion for reconstruction, 6 weeks of M-F radiation and a hysterectomy. I was finally able to rejoin my family in China, after 8 1/2 months of treatment, for our last 3 months in the country. I am still undergoing reconstruction but I'm alive! I'm even training to walk a 1/2 marathon. I've realized that the most important thing to me is my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons on my father's side. My 5-great Uncle is Martin Harris, one of the three witnesses that were shown the gold-plates by the Angel Moroni. The gold-plates being the ancient records of the people in the Americas that Joseph Smith translated and is now known as The Book of Mormon. Martin Harris also mortgaged his farm to pay for the first printing of the Book of Mormon. However, I'm not a Mormon because of my ancestry, I'm a Mormon because I know this to be the true Church of Jesus Christ. I've fasted, prayed and studied the Bible, The Book of Mormon another testament of Jesus Christ, The Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price. I know that these books together contain the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that through his atoning sacrifice I can be forgiven of all my many sins, if I keep his commandments. I also know that his atoning sacrifice covers the sins of others so I am commanded to forgive others and not hold grudges. If I don't forgive others it's like telling Christ he had an imperfect atonement, which I know he did not. Looking at the atonement like this makes it easy to forgive others their trespasses against me. It comforts me to know that by being married in the Temple for time and all eternity I will be with my family forever. With a diagnosis of stage 3a breast cancer 67% of women survive past five years. I have done everything that I can to be a part of that 67%, but if I'm not I know that we will be together again because we have been sealed together in His Holy Temple. I'm optimistic and have a brightness of hope for the future. I love the Bible and strive to follow Christ's example and teachings daily. One thing that He did really well, that I hold onto dearly, is that He endured to the end. No matter what others thought, did or said to Him, He continued to do His Father's will. So no matter what happens in my future, I know I can look to my Savior and Redeemer for comfort, peace and love.

How I live my faith

As a family we work together to have a family gospel lesson every week. We also have family prayer every night and we are currently reading The Book of Mormon together. During my last reconstruction surgery my mother flew in to watch the children so I could return to my sister-in-laws in another state for my Dr appointments. I received a phone call every night from my oldest son saying that they were ready for family prayer. It was the best part of each day. Several years ago while living in Michigan I visited a woman who's breast cancer had returned. At that time I was in charge of the Women's activities for the church. I organized the women and we sewed together two quilts, one for my friend whom I visited and the other for the family of another friend who had recently passed away from cancer. Each sister contributed a square with a picture, message, or another meaningful token. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer I received a package in the mail from my church friends in Michigan. Tears came to my eyes when I realized that it was a quilt with messages of strength, love, support, hope and encouragement in every square. I treasure this quilt and had it with me when I went in for my bilateral mastectomy, bald and beautiful. I love the support and fellowship that we share as women in the church. I also love the children, each one a child of God. Throughout the years I have worked as a nursery leader, as a teacher to children of all ages, a teacher to the young women aged 12-18, a teacher in the women's organization and as the music teacher for the children aged 4-11. I love teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. With every lesson I find that I'm not only teaching others but I'm learning myself and am better able to understand the unconditional love that my Savior has for me. I love to attend church. During my treatments I think I only missed 1 Sunday. I try to live each day to the fullest, because I know that I am a daughter of God and He loves me, no matter what.