This girl right here is my hero. My friend Manda has been fighting cancer for so long, and it’s with a heavy heart that I tell you that her fight is now over. We rejoice that she is now resting in the arms of Jesus, whole and pain free. But my goodness we are going to miss her. She fought the good fight, she finished the race, and she remained faithful. And I can only imagine her Heavenly reception.
Manda first battled and beat cancer at 5 years old. Just weeks after giving birth to her fist child, the cancer came back. At the age of 28, she made the tough decision to amputate her leg and undergo treatment again. And then, 5 years after winning her second battle with cancer, she started fighting it for the third time. And she never stopped. She loved her friends and her family so fiercely, and she never gave up.
She fought hard and long, and the entire time her eyes were FIXED ON JESUS. I was so proud of her throughout her entire fight, and I will always be so proud to have called her a friend. I learned so much from her.
All of us left here on earth are going to miss her more than words can express. This past May we surprised her with a birthday celebration. And it was one of the sweetest (and most hysterical) nights of my life.
We made so many memories.
Memories that I will cling to. Including this little gem on an elevator in a hospital. After a limo ride and dance party. 😉
As her friends, we have been absolutely honored to walk beside her during this journey. And I speak for everybody when I say we were constantly in awe of her.
And although we did everything we could to make Manda’s journey easier, it was Manda that blessed all of us, over and over again. I’m so very thankful for Manda’s friendship and the example that she set for me. Whenever the going gets tough, I will think of Manda….of her fight…and of her incredible faith. This girl was strong, faithful, gentle, loving, and courageous. She was AMAZING, and she taught all of us how to be Manda Strong.
I know so many of you have prayed for Manda over the years, and I would love it if you would continue to pray for Manda’s precious family. Her husband Aaron, her son Aiden, her daughter Miley, her parents Cindy and Ed, her brothers, and all of her other extended family. They so need our prayers right now. (This picture was taken several years ago, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine.)
In addition to praying for the family, all of us who knew her will continue to love on her family and help them as we know she would want us to. Manda, you will forever be in our hearts, and you will forever be an example to me of how to live with unwavering faith in the most difficult of situations. I will be taking a blogging break to spend time with friends and family, and I will return next Monday.
I Love You, Manda! And I am so grateful that because of Jesus, I will get to hug you again. You loved God BIG. And we all loved you BIG. Still do. Always will. #mandastrong #fcforever
Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”