Friday, August 15, 2008

Mindi Mahon -- Her Story

Why I'm Walking In The 3Day - Mindi Mahon, Edmond, Oklahoma

My story comes from a beautiful woman who's made a great impact on my life. When I was in 7th grade, I was allowed to take private voice lessons. My dad had contacted Staci McAuley and this is where my relationship with her began. I took private voice lessons from her for 7 years and piano lessons the latter year and a half or so.

During this time, I didn't only acquire musical knowledge and fervor, but also a love for Christ and the way to live as a Christ-centered mother and wife. Staci was always the Christian female influence and mother-like influence that my own mom couldn't provide for me. I looked to her for advice and as a listening ear because she continually opened her heart to me.

Our relationship was always more than just student to teacher. We shared lots of tears but more importantly many many laughs! Often as she played the piano to accompany me when I sang, we'd trip up during a song, and we'd get to laughing so hard that we couldn't continue. We laughed so hard that tears streamed down our faces and our cheeks and bellies hurt.

I was devastated when Staci got diagnosed with breast cancer. She's endured rounds and rounds of chemo and radiation, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries, a "remission" that was false, a "return of cancer" with a vengeance, growing tumors, cancer that spread into her lymph system and bones, steroid medication, gamma knife surgery on a brain tumor, then finally brain surgery to remove the tumor, peralyzation of the entire right side of her body, and the loss of daily activity with her husband, 2 daughters, and her own hobbies.

However, none of this has stopped her from loving people, living life to the fullest, and most importantly, trusting God. She is a force to be reckoned with, as she sets the bar high. I hope to be half the person she is one day.

Staci, and her family, are the reason I am walking. She is my inspiration in so many unexplainable ways.

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Romans 12:12

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

With love from,
Mindi

If you'd like to make a donation to the Breast Cancer 3-Day in honor of Mindi's walk, please go to her website.

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