About Me

I’ve been contemplating starting a blog for about 8 years. I originally rejected the idea, because I didn’t think I had anything unique to add. My “voice” wasn’t all that special- there are better cooks, better party planners, more prolific world travelers, and more well-read Christians. Then, I got up the nerve to write… and one post stayed there, for a year! I got busy and never finished what I started. Now, my circumstances have changed, and I do think I have a unique voice, and I want to make the time to write down life, unscripted!

My name is Amy, I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’m pleased to meet you! I live in the greater Atlanta area, and I’m originally from the beautiful, coastal city of Savannah. I still call Savannah “home” when I’m speaking to friends, although I haven’t lived there in 15 years.  I have one sister, very loving and supportive parents, and some of the same dear friends I’ve known since early childhood. In what feels like another life, pre-children, I loved watching old movies from the golden age of Hollywood, reading Austen, and meeting friends for high tea. I was always an “old soul.”

I met my better half (he really is) the second semester of senior year of college at The University of Georgia. That’s a fun story for another day. We married in 2004, and prophetically, had “for better or for worse” engraved on our wedding bands. I thought the “for worse” would be when we were old and gray, but we have had our share of struggles much earlier on! James and I were incredibly blessed with six  four boys, and two girls. James is a physician, who loves his job and his coworkers. I am a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher.

Our faith is the bedrock of our family. We are practicing Anglicans- which is like high Episcopal. I have Catholic leanings and my faith is a continuing journey- definitely not static! I love digging deeper into church history, theology, and living the liturgical year. Our church, All Saints’ Anglican Church, uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, which I love. If you don’t see any of us in church, we are deathly ill. Sunday morning means worship and then fellowship!

In August 2016, my life changed dramatically.  I sustained an injury during a low risk surgery, and was left with permanent neuropathy. I’ll leave out some of the gory details, and focus more on the emotional impact and spiritual journey that this has taken me on. I live with chronic pain, but I am hoping to recover more and more- using multiple modalities. There is physical recovery, and there is the mind-body connection with pain. This experience has opened my eyes to an entire world of suffering that other people live with, that now I am a small part of. I am more empathetic, less judgemental (even when I didn’t realize I was), and my faith has been tested and ultimately deepened.

I will write some about family life (humor is a natural part of that!), faith, holidays, food, musings, and life with chronic pain. I don’t do it for sympathy, but hopefully, as a way to encourage anyone else out there looking to find a kindred spirit in the trenches! The Blessed Virgin Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord” [Luke 1:46-47].  Ultimately, that is my goal in life. We are all one in the body of Christ, and I hope to reach anyone who wants to hear a friendly voice of encouragement by sharing my stories! Inevitably, there will be some falling, and picking myself back up again.

I choose to see the glass as half full!

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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Maria Layfield

    Have read a little of your blog – clicked on the link included in the Daily Mail article on your story. What a blessing to read of your faith and trust in a God who cares for you. It would have been so easy in your situation to be bitter and angry with your plight. The Lord bless you and your lovely family!
    Maria – Gateshead, UK
    Psalm 121:1-2

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  2. Kirsti C

    Hi Amy,
    It is so sad/lovely to read a story similar to mine. Sad for obvious reasons but lovely to see how positive you are despite the pain.
    My name is Kirsti, I’m 39. Married (its my 20th anniversary this year) with 3 children; 1 boy & 2 girls.
    I live I the UK, Manchester.
    I have somehow prolapsed every disc in my neck and a few lumbar discs too. Nerve pain is the biggest, horriblest, most soul destroying thing I have had to live with.
    But on top of that, the fear that I am constantly letting everyone down….my beautiful children… I can’t bear it. They deserve a mum who remembers what is happening & when (my memory has become at best unreliable, at worst non existent).
    However they are coping so well. I’m so proud of them. They just seem to adapt, absorb and carry on!! They are 18, 11 & 9 & I have been ill for 6 years. My youngest doesn’t remember me before my injury.
    I hope the amniotic treatment continues to help. I’m so sorry that you have gone through so much pain, and continue to do so.
    Your kiddies are gorgeous 🙂
    Anyway, I look forward to your blogs!
    Kind Regards,
    Kirsti

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    1. Kirsti, thank you for reaching out. Does it still seem strange that this is your life? Feels like a dream sometimes. I believe that God knows, in His wisdom, what kind of mother our children need. They need someone like us, just as we are now, to help them become wonderful human beings and adults. They will appreciate health, learn to be more self-sufficient, and they will always know how loved they are. That’s the important party. Please stop by again!

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  3. Rex

    Regarding the article in the Daily Mail; it is both an uplifting and accurate portrayal of one’s life turned upside following nerve injury and subsequent development of neuropathic pain. I’ve been down a similar path and have found the means to ‘see the glass as half full’ for just over 10 years now. We appear to live very different lives, but it’s always encouraging to know there’s a fellow traveler trying to shed light on this topic.

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  4. Gina

    I found your story online and I am so sorry to read of the pain you have been through and are healing from. I couldn’t read your story and not mention a ministry to you. Please look up JGLM.org. They are an incredible bunch of people who pray for folks and see healing 90+% of the time. God bless you and your family! He wants you healed and whole!

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  5. Lucy

    Hi Amy,

    I work at CBS News and would love to hear more about your life story and experience (we read your Daily Mail piece). We were inspired by your strength these past few years. You can email me directly if you’re willing.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Lucy

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