Well, today’s podcast is a special one. I have been really looking forward to sitting down with my next guest for quite some time. She and I go back a few years because we have don e some touring together doing music, but that’s not what we’re talking about today. Although, we will get a backdrop to her life, where she’s from, family life, and so on… we’re more so focusing on her journey over the last couple of years.
Imagine, one day, suddenly feeling sick to your stomach with significant pain, and you go to the doctor only to discover, to your surpise, that you have stage 4 colon cancer, and then shortly thereafter, on top of the colon cancer, being told that you also have thyroid cancer… and all of this is happening at the very young age of 30. That’s what happened to my friend Amanda Wilcox Patterson. Her life was really just beginning, and suddenly she is faced with the brutal realities of how very fragile life is, and how fast it can come and go. Though this is a story of pain & fear, as you can imagine, it’s also, at the risk of sounding cliche, a story of faith, hope, & love.
What’s made her story so compelling is not just the poise and strength with which Amanda has shown, but her willingness to be very open and authentic over social media has been a breath of fresh air, especially in the middle of all the unraveling that seems to be taking place in the world around us. People from all walks of life have come together to show love and support for Amanda, and it’s been a beautiful thing to watch. The tears she cried, we cried, the pain she felt made us hurt for her, and the hope she reflected gave us hope.
I don’t want to take up too much time, because I want you to hear from her, but I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to sit and talk with her. A couple of things… the table and mic didn’t like each other, so there’s gonna be some noise from it here and there, also their neighborhood lawn care team stops by outside for a brief moment, but other than that… I think you’re really gonna love your time with Amanda. So that being said… here she is… the lovely Amanda Wilcox Patterson…
MUSIC FROM AMANDA ON AMAZON:
RECOMMENDED READING FROM AMANDA:
Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking
by Priscilla C. Shirer
Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy
by Donald Miller