Amanda (Mandy) loves Jesus, softball, horses and volleyball. She is part of the student body leadership at her high school, her church youth group, and enjoys watching football with her dad. She also really likes to camp and fish.
Mandy went to see her pediatrician on December 27, 2016 after having a lack of energy for a few weeks, shortness of breath and dizziness.
Dr. Patterson suspected that Mandy was anemic and tested her blood. The next we received the news that she was anemic and there were abnormalities in her blood that needed to be analyzed further. We picked her up from softball practice that day, took her to Sierra Vista Hospital to have some further tests done and then were directed to proceed immediately to Stanford's Lucille Packard Children's Hospital.
She had a bone marrow biopsy and the doctors said she has acute lymphoblastic lymphoma (ALL).
That is how Mandy’s story began, which was the bad news. The good news is we know God is in control and we take this process one day at a time.
July 2018: Mandy has remained positive and steadfast in her faith throughout this journey. She even continues to exercise and go to school now during the maintenance phase of treatment.