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Monday, April 6, 2009

A Whirlwind

Dear Friends and Family,

This blog will follow Amy's progress since her recent diagnosis of stage 3 ovarian cancer. We appreciate your continued prayers of healing on her behalf and we believe that Heavenly Father is holding our family in the hollow of His hand. Miracles are already becoming manifest.

In August, Amy's grown daughter Laurel and husband Adam moved to Idaho Falls to have their baby, Claire. Now Laurel is able to care for Amy's young children and to run daily household matters.

Fritz is an extremely talented physician and is making sure that Amy receives absolutely top of the line care. His priesthood blessings of healing make all the difference in our positive outlook.

All of Amy's children are stepping up to help with the family and we've experienced a deluge of love and support from our extended community.

Here's the story so far:

Beginning in January 2009, Amy felt more discomfort than usual with her cycles. In mid-March, she visited her OB/GYN to address the matter. The doctor found a fibroid and ordered an ultrasound to see if there were any more. The ultrasound showed a concerning mass above the uterus and Fritz performed a CT scan that same night to get the dimensions of the mass. What they found was a mass that had consumed the right ovary and was taking up much of the pelvic cavity. It needed to come out immediately, so Fritz contacted a gynecological oncologist in Salt Lake City to perform the surgery. Within a week, Amy had the tumor removed. It was malignant but had not metastasized (a tremendous miracle brought about by a community-wide fast). She must now undergo 18 weeks of chemotherapy through both a chest port and a pelvic cavity line. The prognosis is unusual for stage 3 ovarian cancer--she is expected to achieve remission after undergoing the chemo to clear up any microscopic remnants of the cancer. Later today, Amy will have her chemo consult and the schedule will be set for the doses throughout the summer.


  1. We are praying for you daily Amy and have
    such a good feeling about the outcome.

    We love you and are truly grateful for all
    the love and care you are receiving from
    your family, extended family and community.


  2. Amy, I am so glad to hear that you are doing well! I love you and your family and we are all praying for you guys. Say hi to Fritz for me :)

  3. Amy,
    It was so nice to get a quick visit in with you. I hope your "air mattress" on wheels was comfy. It must be so wonderful to be at home. We continue to pray for your strength. I'm so glad that Laurel is on the job, what a blessing! Please feel of our hugs and rays of sunshine. We love having the blog to keep tabs on you. We love you mucho and are grateful for the wonderful Dr's who have been helping you. (Fritz is at the top of the list!!)
    With love, Marci & Scott and the clan.

  4. Amy,
    We are happy that you are home. Please remember that you are in our prayers. God bless both you and your family.
    Love, Reed & Kay

  5. When Amy was in Junior High, she was chosen to do the school yearbook and seeing a boy out on the track that she knew she knew could be a great help on the book, she ran out to ask him for his participation. She was quite a good runner and although he and the other boys were far away, she caught up .... and won the race they were running.

    Now she is in a bigger race, another unexpected one, and I know she will win this one, too. Probably she will win it the same way, without a lot of fanfare.

    Amy has always been willing to do the extaordinary, and I have always loved and been proud of her. She has a lot of good help, but like any race, it is an individual effort,and I know she can do it.

    I love you, Amy,

  6. Amy,
    Blair and I pray for you every single day. I put your name in the temple and will keep it there for as long as necessary. (It stays for 2 weeks each time I call). I have so much faith in the healing powers of the Priesthood. What a blessing it is in our lives.
    Know that we wish you and your entire family the gift of peace thoughout this ordeal. I agree with your mom...I think you are extraordinary in all regards and you inspire me to be a better person! Be strong and know we are thinking of you!

  7. This blog is a great idea. I think of Amy often and she is in my prayers. :) Good luck with the chemo.

  8. This is a meditation that I like:
    May today there peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibllities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are . Let the knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. May you feel the love of others radiate within you.

    Good luck with you upcoming chemo,