I already admired Amy and her family after reading her blog (http://amycaldwellbixby.blogspot.com/), but after meeting her in person this weekend, my respect and admiration only grew. I am so thankful that Amy and Jon and their 7 children were able to enjoy the beauty of Summit County and a respite together through the Domus Pacis program. A brief summary of Amy’s story is below, and if you visit her blog, you can see what it is to stand bravely in the final days. Though her body is shutting down, her spirits and attitude remain strong. To Jon and each of the children: My heart goes out to you and I hope these photographs will remind you of Amy’s/your mom’s beautiful light and love for life and each of you.
I was diagnosed with stage III, metastatic breast cancer in October 2008. At about the same time, we discovered I was pregnant. Initially, the prognosis was bleak, but after detailed analysis of the cancer, successful surgery, and treatments, the picture brightened considerably. I completed nine rounds of chemotherapy, twenty-five radiation treatments, and took Tamoxifen until October 2010.
After the fifth round of chemotherapy and various other treatments and tests, Gilead Victor was born six weeks early on Mother’s Day, 2009. He is a healthy littly guy and a joy to us all.
In October 2010, tests showed that the cancer had returned in my liver and bones. This is now considered stage IV, terminal cancer.
*** Special note: Domus Pacis has just received a very generous offer from a donor to match any contribution made between now and September 30, up to $25,000. If you would like to help Domus Pacis continue to provide experiences such as the one the Bixby’s had, please consider making a donation! For more information: www.domuspacis.org (click donate in the lower right corner).