Posted by on May 28, 2012 in ANDY'S BLOG WITH UPDATES | 443 comments

Sunday morning was an incredibly beautiful day. The sky was filled with a hazy sunshine and a nice steady breeze gently massaged the clouds that dotted the horizon. The day had a special feel to it, but I felt that way because it was Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor our fallen heroes.

 

I told Donna and Paige to enjoy the first visit with Aimee while I visited Warren Baptist Church in Augusta. It felt strange not traveling with them for the first visit as I have done nearly every day since Aimee arrived in Augusta. I felt that at least one member of our family needed to be in a place of worship to give thanks for Aimee’s wonderful and miraculous recovery. I was actually late arriving for worship, because I ignored the GPS and thought I knew a better way to get to the church. I didn’t. Computer trumped man.

 

I arrived at the church around 9:25am and I quickly called Donna before I walked in. No answer. I wanted to get an update on Aimee’s condition and I figured Donna and Paige would have phones at the ready. They didn’t. Paige didn’t answer her phone either.

 

The first ICU visit starts each morning at 9:00am sharp. Maybe Donna and Paige couldn’t get to their phones. I shrugged it off and went into the worship center and slid down the empty back pew to my left. The special music was just concluding and the pastor was stepping up to the pulpit to deliver his message when I noticed my phone buzzing. Someone was leaving a voicemail. I opted to check it later.

 

The longer I sat there, the more I wondered who had called me. Curiosity took over, so I checked the number. It was Paige. Hrmmm…maybe she was just returning my call. Nothing important. Posssibly…but what if it was important?

 

When my family calls, I usually jump right on it. It doesn’t matter if I am in the midst of a client meeting, I ask the client to excuse me and I take it. What if one of my daughters was stranded on the side of the road? What if Donna had an accident? Thinking such thoughts cause one’s mind to wander. I wanted to be able to concentrate on the sermon, so I grabbed my phone and started typing. Ah, the wonders of texting.

 

Me: I’m in worship now. How’s Aimee? Sent: 9:43 AM

I set the phone in my lap and listened to the sermon. Pastor David McKinley was talking about success and how the world is so engrossed in achievement. I have always considered my family to be my greatest success. I made certain early career sacrifices so that I could spend more time with my wife and daughters. I smiled when I thought about that, because our family is really a very tight and cohesive unit, and I believe it was that God-blessed cohesiveness that helped pull Aimee through much of her illness.

 

My phone hadn’t buzzed. For some reason my text messages do not alert me when I put my phone in silent mode. It was 9:50 AM and I was hoping for some feedback, so I checked my phone. There were two text messages awaiting my attention.

 

Paige: Aimee’s talking with voice! Sent: 9:44 AM

Paige: She’s talking!! She said her mind is blowing! She’s very excited! Sent: 9:45 AM

 

I cannot even begin to explain the emotions that I had when I read that. Pastor McKinley’s voice faded into obscurity. My first reaction was to leave immediately, however, the half hour visiting period had ended at 9:30 and the next one wouldn’t start until noon. I may as well wait and enjoy Pastor McKinley’s well-delivered sermon. That, however, did not stop me from texting a reply to Paige.

 

Me: WHAAAAAA????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sent: 9:50 AM

Me: WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL ME??????????????!!!!! Sent: 9:50 AM

Paige: I called n left a voicemail. It happened at the end of the visit. Sent: 9:52 AM

Me: OMG…CAN I COME IN BETWEEN VISITS AND TALK TO HER? Sent: 9:53 AM

 

I was ready to bounce. Pastor McKinley was progressing well through his sermon and he was building on the idea of sacrifice. He referenced Jesus’ words in Mark 8: 34-35:

 

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

 

I love that scripture. My focus went back to the sermon. Five minutes had passed, so I checked my phone. Two new messages had been received.

 

Paige: maybe. She said she was a lil tired and said she was going to rest so she could b bright eyed n bushy tailed for noon visit. Def bring the voice recorder! She’s so amazed! Sent: 9:56 AM

Paige: praise God until noon! 9:58 AM

 

 

I was so excited I wanted to spring up out of the pew and into the aisle and do a dance. My fellow Baptists probably would not have appreciated that, so I resisted the urge. Instead, my fingers danced across my phone.

 

Me: I am soooo excited! WOWZERS!!!!!!!! Sent: 9:48 AM

 

Pastor McKinley continued through his sermon as I put my phone away. I focused on the message over the next 40 minutes. McKinley spoke of sacrifices made by our troops for the freedom we enjoy today. He also spoke of the personal sacrifices that we must make and he honed in on his theme: Success in life is trading our life for God’s favor and things that last forever. I can only give a big Amen to that.

 

As I write this I have to pause to give remembrance to the many American soldiers who lie in marked and unmarked graves across the world. Those soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. Those men and women will always enjoy a special place in my heart and I hope they reside in your heart as well.

 

Pastor McKinley wrapped up his sermon by discussing the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, so that we could enjoy eternal life. It was quite fitting that this important sermon would conclude with Holy Communion, or “The Lord’s Supper” as we Baptists tend to refer to it.

 

As the ushers prepared to pass out the unleavened bread, I checked my phone. It was 10:39 AM and I had a message waiting.

 

Paige: Just wait until you hear her. She sounds like Aimee! Sent: 10:28 AM

 

That made me chuckle. Who else would she sound like? Groucho Marx?

 

Me: I never doubted that she would sound the same. It won’t be long until her trache is closed and she is eating on her own. Sent: 10:39 AM

Paige: they said her trache may be out in a week or so Sent: 10:40 AM

 

So there it was. I had been anticipating this seminal event for quite some time. Aimee Day had arrived and I was in church worshipping and taking Communion. How fitting was that? God spoke to me through David McKinley on the same day that Aimee spoke to her mother and sister. While I regretted not being present for Aimee’s first words, it really didn’t matter a great deal to me. Having the opportunity to be ministered to with God’s Word at that moment was truly apropos. That being said, it goes without saying that I was a basket case for the rest of the day.

 

I met Donna and Paige off the hospital campus and I quickly changed clothes. We made it back to the hospital a bit before noon and as soon as I arrived I posted the following Facebook update from my phone:

 

Today…

 

May 27..

 

…is AIMEE DAY!!!!

 

Our baby can talk. Details will follow later today.

 

:D

 

 

I was ready to see Aimee and talk to her. The nurse had walked out of the ICU to talk to us in the hallway. I felt a pang in my stomach. What was this all about? The next few words burned like a hot poker in my gut.

 

“Aimee doesn’t want to see you.”

 

I was already a basket case, and although I remained silent and stared at the floor, I was doing emotional backflips. This was our most anticipated visit of the past three weeks. I had missed the morning visit and now I was being told I couldn’t see my baby at the time when she was finally able to carry on a conversation. What kind of mental torture was this?

 

I will spare you the next five hours of our life. Those five hours had several bizarre turns and they seemed to never end. In those five hours I did what everyone had been asking me to do for three weeks. I ranted and I railed. Fortunately for the hospital staff, I did it in the car as we drove back to the house. The next visit wasn’t until five o’clock, so I had five hours to blow off steam. I think all that pain could have been avoided with a little better communication, but as we were to find out later, it really wasn’t as big a deal as I was making it.

 

When I finally spoke to Aimee at five, I learned the real reason she didn’t want to see us. She had been given what I call “the magic poopy” drug right before the noon visiting hour. What that drug does is make you very nauseous when it hits your stomach. When it migrates to your intestines, you cramp up for a bit until it offers you the ultimate release. I think that’s about the nicest way I can put it.

 

Not only did Aimee “dis” us, she dissed a doctor who wanted to talk to her at the noon hour. It didn’t matter. The second I saw Aimee, my consternation immediately vanished like a puff of steam. I was never angry with Aimee, but I admit to being upset with the hospital staff. I had been patiently waiting on God’s timing for three weeks, but I admit to being less than patient with the hospital staff’s timing. Bah, whatever, I’m only a man and I am not perfect. If I didn’t wax emotional every now and then, well, then I wouldn’t be true to myself. I need to interject that I never blew up at the hospital staff. I carefully controlled my emotions in their presence. This was a learning experience for me, because it reinforced the fact that this whole ordeal is not about me, it is about Aimee. I have understood this all through our ordeal, but I can only thank God for reminding me.

 

The five o’clock visit was wonderful. Aimee was expressive and she clearly elucidated her thoughts. Her long term memory was intact. We listened to the iPod Shuffle that Eddie Mattock of Pittsburgh had sent her and she told me the story of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. We discussed ideas of how to utilize wilderness therapy/eco-psychology for amputees. We talked about her current physical condition. We smiled and at times we said nothing. Just being there and seeing her happiness put a certain peace in my heart.

 

During the nine o’clock visit, Aimee was growing extremely tired. She had been sitting up for several hours and she started mouthing words like she did before they capped her trache. Donna saw this and said, “What’s the matter honey, have you lost your voice?” Aimee smiled and said, “No, I’m just tired and I forgot I could talk.” We left soon after and let her get her rest. It had been a big day.

 

As I write this, today is Memorial Day and Aimee continues to talk and joke. Her nurse bumped her head and Aimee said, “Now my nurse needs a nurse!” Then she winked at us and said, “I’ll take care of her.” She then waved her arm in the air and said, “these fingers can work magic.” She grinned at us. She knew she didn’t have any fingers, but she’s not worried about it either. She knows everything is going to be fine. We know everything is going to be fine. We all know it is going to be a long and challenging road, but we will handle it together.

 

Oh yeah, I have gone into my Android and marked my calendar with the following annual recurring event: May 27 – AIMEE DAY.

 

God bless you and have a blessed Memorial Day!

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443 Comments

  1. 5-28-2012

    Continuing to pray for Aimee from Ocean View, Delaware.

    • 5-28-2012

      This was the only way this would post.

      I will always remember May 27,2012 as Aimee Day. The words literally jumped off the page you wrote when you said she was talking, I couldn’t contain myself and with such excitement I read it to my husband. May everyday from now on be a new blessing for Aimee. I personally do not know anyone that has shown so much growth and strength as she does. She is most definitely getting it through you, your family, and through the power of prayers from many people who do not know Aimee across our great nation and abroad. She’s captured our hearts through you, Andy. Thank you so, so much for letting us in on Aimee’s progress from the very beginning. I have come to love her and she’ll always remain in my heart and in my prayers.

      God Bless, you, Aimee, Donna & Paige, always,
      Lisa Weiss

      • 5-29-2012

        Ditto. I couldn’t have said it better. Prayers are coming your way from throughout the world. In many ways, you have served to unite us through your blog of this tragedy / growth.

        Bless you.

        Trisha Gensic
        Raleigh

      • 5-30-2012

        I believe in miracles…they happen everyday. I am praying with all my heart for Aimee’s recovery. Sending love and prayers from California.

      • 5-31-2012

        Wonderful news! Stay strong Aimee! Thinking of you in Pennsylvania!

      • 6-1-2012

        Lisa Weiss said it best…we too have come to love Aimee and really look forward to the updates from you Andy. Thanks so much for taking time to write Aimee’s progress on your blog!

    • 5-28-2012

      Praying for Aimee from Corpus Christi, Texas.

      • 5-30-2012

        Prayers from a fellow Corpus Christian, now residing in San Antonio! Best wishes for Aimee and the entire family! What a wonderful, inspirational story! Amazing strength. God bless you. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” Phil 4:13

      • 5-31-2012

        Prayers for Aimee and her family from Elliottsburg,PA.

    • 5-28-2012

      This is the best post ever!! Thank you for keeping the world updated. We continue to pray for your entire family and ask God to guide the doctors taking care of Aimee.

    • 5-28-2012

      It is striking that Aimee has the educational background to give context to her experience. I am also struck (forgive me) with the frustration of the unexpected and unexplained delay in visiting her: Aimee will have to express her deepest self as she progresses in her new identity. There will be ups; there will be downs. It will take psychological strength on everyone’s part to allow her room to be just how she needs to be as she heals on every human level. Children do not want to hurt their parents; parents do not want their children to hurt. When I was in a traumatic accident I was so grateful my father, whom I loved so much, slept during the entire event. He didn’t have to suffer through it. Prayer, and the help of those most trained to help, are both important. I think of Aimee daily, and you, her family. When I was injured at age 12, my body changed. It took time. I needed professional help but didn’t get it. My family just thought I would on my own, get on with it. I couldn’t. I love the psalm, “There is a time for everything under heaven. There is a time for grief, there is a time for laugther….” etc. Know the time you are in and live there thoroughly. That time will change to another another time. Joy will come but not without the mourning. Love from me.

      • 5-29-2012

        I have tears in my eyes after reading your post.
        I hope you are better now. Much love to you <3

    • 5-28-2012

      I do not know you only your story, and might I add you have a wonderful family. Your Father is a wish I have had all my life, he is so loving & caring, along with funny & witty. I am a mother of 5 children, my heart just jumps to hear your progress of sitting up & talking. Your spirit is spreading into my heart and causing my eyes to shed water drops. I love you like one of my own without knowing you. Your a strong amazing woman, I have you in my prayers daily. God is blessing you, you just keep smiling sweet girl. Hugs from Vegas—My “Crew” says “Get Well…my 4 year old wants to tell you her knock knock joke…Knock Knock? Who’s there? Cow. Cow who? Cow’s don’t say WHO, they say MOO! I hope you smile today and everyday after. xoxoxoxoxo

    • 5-29-2012

      SOOOOOO Glad to hear the good news, TALKING, you are still in our prayers for recovery….LOVE FROM oAK gROVE bAPT. FRIENDS

    • 5-29-2012

      God Bless Aimee and her family. She is the bravest girl I’ve ever seen.

    • 5-29-2012

      My Dad just Died from this a year ago April 27th.He wa in the hospital for a month in ahalf
      had 5 Surgery’s 4 to 6 hrs at a time i was so scared and still am i miss him so much he would
      get better the he would get worse it was a very long month an half but it came time that i
      woke up and ask my Wife “Who was we doing this for??For him that i knew he wouldn’t
      want to live like that.Or was we doing this for US i made the decision that we has put him
      through enough i called and talked to the Doc and i Said make him ot feel anything Hardest
      thing ive ever had to do” John Edward Flynn SR was 59 i just dont understand it???????
      Love Ya Dad, John E flynn II flynn7730@hotmai.com

    • 5-29-2012

      May God continue to show you, in only the way that He can, how much He loves you and your family. What a testimony you all are to His faithfulness. Thank you for sharing your heart and being very real. Aimee, you, and your family will continue to be in my prayers as in a thousand others.

    • 5-29-2012

      May God richly bless you Aimee and your wonderful family through this most challenging time in your lives. Your positive attitude and spirit are nothing less than amazing. It really puts things in perspective for me, and I will think twice before complaining about my problems from this day forward. I am praying for your continued healing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Take care.

    • 5-29-2012

      Many prayers are coming to ur Family from me and my Kids. Stay strong and always keep each other close and say “I Love u” often. I also had Necrotizing Fasciitis and I had MRSA and Gangrene, all 3 at the same time. It is a very hard and trying time for Aimee and ur Family, I am here for ur Family and Aimee anytime u need me, GoD Bless u all……

    • 5-29-2012

      We are so thrilled to see Aimee make such progress. Aimee and all of you have been in our continuous prayers the past few weeks. God is so good; He does answer prayers. He has big plans for Miss Aimee! Blessings to you and your family.

      We continue to pray for Aimee’s progress and strength and for your family to stay strong and keep the faith!

      Love to you all,

      Cheri & Troy Zacharias

    • 5-30-2012

      Best wishes from Berlin, Germany!

    • 5-30-2012

      Dear Aimee & Family,
      Congratulations! I have followed your story since the horrific accident. It is most definitely a miracle that you are here with us today! Keep up your good spirits, hold your head up high! You are a beautiful, intelligent, blessed woman with a lot to offer to this world. Much thanks to your Father for blogging and keeping us updated! I will continue praying for you and your family. “All you need is love.” Best wishes & God Bless You

    • 5-30-2012

      BIG YAAAAAAAY 4 Aimee-Day! This is awesome! God bless her and your whole family! greetings from germany!

    • 5-30-2012

      Wow – wonderful news. I am from bavaria in germany and everyday in the morning the first thing I do is to check Andy’s blog because I want to know how Aimee is feeling. I wish Aime and your whole family all the best and my heart and my mind is with you. Hugs and kisses from bavaria to Aimee

    • 5-30-2012

      Praise God, I know the Angels are rejoicing in Heaven at the very Throne of God for Aimee’s Miraculous Recovery! I’m so excited, and my family is too. We pray for all of you daily. I sure do Love the Sound of( AIMEE DAY!) God has Super Great Plans for our Solider Aimee, I just know it!!!!!!!!!!! Our God Is an Awesome God! Pray People Pray, and Rejoice!!!!!! Our Sweet Child of God is Brand New!!!!!!! Love You All, and the Preacher and Congregations all over the world too. Pray Pray Pray! and Praise Prase Praise! Dance Dance Dance! Love You Aimee! Karen

    • 5-30-2012

      Praise God from Saskatchewan, Canada!!! I pray for Aimee’s continued healing and praise God so much for His loving, healing, and comforting hands for Aimee and for his comforting love for your family throughout this tragic event! May God be amazingly close to Aimee and comfort and strenghthen her as she continues to health and recover!

    • 5-31-2012

      We too will always remember May 27,2012 as Aimee Day!!! This is such amazing news ! The prayers will continue. to Aimee’s parents, we are so relieved for you! So much heartache and waiting.It’s now a quick recovery process we hope for .

      The Z. Family,
      Wind Point, WI

    • 6-4-2012

      Continuing to pray for Aimee & entire Copeland family from Fairfield County, Connecticut. Archangels are with you for strength, blessings & bringing God’s Love ~ Mia DiDio

  2. 5-28-2012

    Your family is so lucky to have each other. I don’t have a family like yours and wouldn’t really know what to do with it if I did…but I’m so glad Aimee has you. I’m sure you know, but there are many of us keeping your family and Aimee in our thoughts daily and hope the best for you all!

    Respectfully,

    Heather

    • 5-28-2012

      Heather, I am right there with you.. It’s so refreshing to see a family as strong as this one!! I have my own family now and try to raise them better then I was.. But still long to one day have my family there for me rather then start drama!!! I am happy for Aimee and pray for her every moment I think of her!!

  3. 5-28-2012

    It’s great to see good things happening to people who deserve it. I’ve been following Ms. Copeland’s recovery since I first found out about it in early May, and it’s quite honestly a heartwarming story. I am pleased and thankful that she is recovering an can speak; it’s not often these days that one can pick up the paper and read some good news.

    Keep strong, Ms. Copeland, and don’t lose Faith. Have faith in your doctors, your family, in God, but more importantly, yourself.

  4. 5-28-2012

    Thank you for taking the time and energy and effort to write these updates. You are absolutely an amazing family and a true inspiration. My thoughts and energy is with Aimee you and yours at every moment. Lots of love, Autumn

  5. 5-28-2012

    I continue to be awed by Aimee and your entire family. Your faith and testimony give us all something to hold on to and believe in. God bless you!

  6. 5-28-2012

    Thank God for her wonderful outlook on life…she is a fighter and has the strength of thousands…so glad you have given us an update…the today show gave us one last week..but this is truly wonderful news

  7. 5-28-2012

    What a remarkable family you are. What an inspiration to all of us who are praying for your precious Aimee and then watching God answer those prayers in ways that only He can.
    I love your writing style. You make me laugh and cry at the same time.
    May God’s glory continue to shine through the miraculous healing of your beautiful daughter.
    Another Sister in Christ praying for you from Houston, Texas ?
    Gloria McCreary

  8. 5-28-2012

    Great to read this. I understand some of what is going on as I am an NF survivor – yesterday was the 14 year anniversary of me getting home following my bout with NF – Happy Aimee day xx

  9. 5-28-2012

    That is wonderful news!! Amiee is such a strong person and has a wonderful family who stays by her side! Please contniue letting us know how she is. I have followed Amiee story since day one. God Bless You All!!! And Happy Memorial Day!!!

  10. 5-28-2012

    Thank you Andy for taking the time to share with us all!! I think about and pray for your whole family daily! I post your updates on my FB page to share your amazing faith, strength and family love with others… God IS good!!! How wonderful for Aimee Day to arrive!!! :-) <3 <3 May God continue to bless you Aimee, Paige and Mr and Mrs Copeland!!
    with much love and many prayers,
    Annette Kemnitz

  11. 5-28-2012

    Sending Prayers from Pilot Mountain NC Love you!!

    • 5-29-2012

      Sending every good wish to you all from England’s South Coast.

  12. 5-28-2012

    Dear Mr. Copeland,

    I don’t know what you do for a living but if you aren’t in the writing field I suggest you go there! Your words flow and put the reader right there with you, it is beautiful.

    Maybe you could incorporate these blogs with Amiee’s help and write a book of her journey thru your eyes. I know I would buy it in a heartbeat. God bless you and your family for your strength and courage.

    • 5-28-2012

      Write a book? Who would read it after Mr. Copeland’s daily blogs?? A lot of his writing is juvenile-sounding and syrupy. Don’t misunderstand: I feel sorry for Aimee, but to write to the entire world that his daughter lost her leg, hands, and right foot before SHE even learns about it, is appalling. Not that humankind doesn’t care, but what made him even think that the whole world was even interested? Seems pretty presumptuous. If I was Aimee, I would want my personal situation kept private not mega-phoned via computer to the entire globe.

      • 5-29-2012

        Ashley Wright wrote, “but what made him even think that the whole world was even interested?”

        Well, Ashley, people DO care; people, like me, who have never met Aimee or her family, are praying for her. It is the nature of people to be drawn to a story like this and want to help. If you are not interested or do not want to read it, please, move away.

        Ashley Wright wrote, “If I was Aimee, I would want my personal situation kept private not mega-phoned via computer to the entire globe.”

        You are not Aimee, nor her family who know her best.

      • 5-29-2012

        The world IS interested. By virtue of your presence here is proof that many people are interested in this story. Mr. Copeland’s words come from his heart and he should be commended for it. It is because of the strength of this family as a unit and in Aimee’s personal strength that they are able to get through this with the dignity they are all displaying.

        I want to applaud the effort of Mr. Copeland, the family, and everyone involved for their continuing efforts to reach out to the world and be such positive voices of the spirit. All of us need to understand this situation for everything it is, which is a tragedy wrapped in a beautiful tale of strength and perseverance. While I am sure there are very difficult days ahead for this entire family, I am so very grateful for the display of love and devotion they have shown through this time. There is absolutely NOTHING appalling about that.

        To the Copeland family: Thank you for demonstrating such devotion to one of your own during this difficult time. You are not only a support system to your own family; but you are helping to restore faith to so many people who have seen their light of faith become somewhat dim in days past. I have discussed your strength and love with several friends of mine, all of which see the same thing I have seen. While you will have the rare person try to bring you down, know that so many other people are grateful for your tremendous displays of the human spirit.

        Nothing about Mr. Copeland appears to be juvenile or syrupy. All I see is a man who loves his daughter and who is sharing with, while gathering strength from, those interested enough to follow this story.

      • 5-29-2012

        Ashley, why even post that? You sound juvenile to use your own words. There has been a worldwide outpouring of support, so the world does care. This is one of the most compelling stories I have followed in a long time, but for reasons I’m quite sure you wouldn’t understand. I believe the blog was started to communicate with the hundreds of people who are directly linked to the family amd update on her situation. Can you imagine the phone calls, texts and emails it would take to do that?

        Andy Copeland is a man that has been traumatized and is doing the best he can. I suspect this blog is an outlet for him, but its also a genuine request for prayers and heartfelt thanks to all of the people who have given time, money and blood for Aimee.

        Oh and I don’t think Aimee needs you to feel sorry for her. That’s what makes this family and girl so great, they are not looking for sympathy when they absolutely deserve it.

        Think about you’re comments, while you’re entitled to them, are they useful or helpful? Examine what in your life would make you want to write a negative post about a father who has watched his daughter almost die and endure an umaginable event

      • 5-29-2012

        Well…. that’s an honest opinion.

      • 5-29-2012

        ashley wright what a pitiful sad thing to say. we that have been loving Amiee through all of this have welcomed these blogs soooo much. we have needed these updates so we know how to interceed for Amiee and her family. If you don’t like what is being done don’t read them and most of all keep your opinions to yourself. This is not the place for them.

      • 5-29-2012

        Praying for you Ashley Wright. The whole world IS interested, and you are correct, you are not Aimee…. I hope you will leave further negative comments in you head and not on this blog.

      • 5-29-2012

        :( Everyone has a right to their opinions, but a person doesn’t need to write, or say, everything she thinks, especially if it is hurtful!

      • 5-29-2012

        Ashley,
        I sense that you have need for us to pray for you. We will.

      • 5-29-2012

        Ashley Wright, I feel sorry for you because anyone who would post that here has to be a very miserable person. The whole world DOES care, and we are here because we care and want to hear how she is doing. If there were more people like Aimee and less people like you in this world it would be a much better place.

      • 5-30-2012

        Ashley,
        Aimee’s father is NOT wrong to write about his daughters circumstances. His words have reached many friends and strangers alike. Because of his updates, we are able to pray together for Aimee. I believe those prayers are working. The power of prayer is an amazing thing, so amazing that I plan on praying for you tonight. I will pray that you find a more appropriate place to vent your angry words…may I suggest that you try venting on your knees to the Lord? Trust me, it works!

        Mr. Copeland, thank you for keeping us all informed as we continue our prayers for Aimee and your whole family.

      • 5-30-2012

        To Ashley Wright: I think you have no right to say anything or critisize about Mr Copeland writing about his daughters mishap with such a horrible disease. It is how he deals with this terrible situation and if it helps him to cope and it helps Aimee to cope along with the rest of the family to also cope then so be it. The Lord has given him this ability to write and he is definately awesome at it and I would buy his book also, in a heartbeat. You are only one small person Ashley Wright with a jealous opinion that is eating you up alive so if you have nothing to say that is nice to the Copeland Family then just keep it to yourself Ashley Wright. As for the Copeland family God Bless you all, you are in my thoughts and prayers and continue to inspire me daily. Love and Prayers to your whole family. Sincerely Andrea

      • 5-30-2012

        Ashley, I’m very saddened and disappointed in your comments and juvenile behavior on this blog. I don’t even think Mr. Copeland would like me saying you are being juvenile – because he is a forgiving and very loving Christian – so I won’t say it again. However, Mr. Copeland is not being “syrupy” or “juvenile” in the last bit and is certainly not invading Aimee’s privacy… he is merely telling her story because so many peopl;e have expressed insterest in praying for her and have donated blood in her honor as well have donated money in her fund. While he’s certainnly NOT obligated to reveal her condition to anyone, I think he feels compelled to tell her story because she IS so strong and very amazing… would you not agree you’ve learned a lot through her story? I know I have. And, I’ve got systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and have since I was 21 for the last 21 years. This has taught me a lot. I thought I had learned alot ofver the years but found out I hadn’t learned enough… no, I hadn’t, and I’m very grateful for Mr. Copeland’s willingness and very thoughful approach to these updates. I love his writing style. He makes you visualize everything as if you are there. Thank you for reading this and considering all points of views and please do think about your posts in advance – these are very hurtful to Mr. Copeland and, not to mention, breeds unnecessary pain that Mr. Copeland and his family do not need at this very trying time. Please think about that in the future.

      • 5-30-2012

        awareness! educating the public and when there is knowledge….
        thank you for sharing with the world god bless your family
        from my family the worlds thoughts are with you all

      • 5-30-2012

        KEEP WRITING MR. COPELAND,,,,WE ARE INTERESTED! Your story is a story of hope and inspiration! Perseverance and strength! The world definitely needs more fathers like you! Hugs for Aimee!

      • 5-30-2012

        Well Ashley Wright…You are still here reading it! And just FYI..the whole world IS interested! Thank you Mr. Copeland for all that you are doing. I think of you all often and continue to pray for everyone!!!

        Lots of Love from Amarillo, TX

      • 5-30-2012

        I completely agree. I know Aimee and am very frustrated that he is writing to the world about her condition. She is a private person and would never want him to espose her like this. THESE WORDS ARE HIS WORDS NOT HERS. Yes, she is the most amazing, beautiful, free spirited, friendly, most down to earth person i have ever met but the way he is is very differnt from her. I cant read this anymore because he talks more about HIMSELF THAN AIMEE. He could cut out 20 paragraphs and have 5 all about Aimee and i think we would all be just as happy. We dont care that you are tired, go to church, need to talk to your clients BC YOUR BWEHIND ON WORK etc. WE CARE ABOUT AIMMEE. Love you Aimee and sending positive vibes constantly your way.

      • 5-30-2012

        ashley,

        I feel sorry for you and will pray for you. If this families story and the strength that Aimee has shown doesn’t touch your heart and make you believe, you must really be in a dark, dark lonely place.

      • 5-31-2012

        Ashley Wright just so we are clear this is not FB. Why are you on here writing anything. This family and Aimee only wants good thoughts. You may have freedom of speech but you should keep to FB for un thoughtful words. I have just wasted time even not talking about Aimee instead of having to comment on you and your words.Aimee is the only reason we are on here. She and her family deserve our prayers and good thoughts. Aimee would want that. And she would be upset to read your non sense.

      • 5-31-2012

        Re: Ashley Wright,

        The media and news brought this story on a global level already! And from that many feel attached to her story and want to do what we can to help her and the family. ie. donate, pray and cheer this family on. It also grows awareness about this serious life altering infection. You are not to judge.

        My thoughts and prayers to the Copelands. May you find strength, courage and determination.

      • 6-1-2012

        I can see Ashley’s point of view. I am paralyzed from the waist down from a car accident I received in college. I was in the hospital for several days before I knew the extent of my injuries. I can’t imagine finding out that the world new I couldn’t feel or move below the waist and that I was going to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life before I did. Life in a chair is hard but very doable. Life for Aimee will be hard but very doable. The point is – sometimes people need to take it all in, grieve, get angry and adjust in private before they are ready to be in the spotlight. I can’t imagine having to do this in front of the world. Just my thoughts. I live in GA, and I’m here for Aimee if she needss a friend that understands life with disability. All my best, Aimee!

      • 6-1-2012

        I am of the same opinion that Ashley expressed, and have been since the first couple of days. Andy Copeland is just too eager to put the spotlight on himself in the guise of sharing about Aimee’s recovery. His writing isn’t “marvelous,” it’s intrusive and revealingly self-centered. I notice that the women in the family aren’t chiming in with their own inappropriate blogs — because as women, they know what this devastating illness means for Aimee’s future. If a book comes out, it should be written by Aimee herself. And by the way – she’s alive because of the heroic medical interventions and her youth and good health. By constantly saying that Jesus intervened to save her, you are inadvertently insulting all the other people who have died from this dread infection. What happened to them? Didn’t Jesus/god love them as much?

      • 6-3-2012

        Well she did know about having to get them taken off before it happened, but she knew it had to be done, and obviously at least across the USA cares about this because people everywhere are reading it. Perhaps it was started to inform family and friends, but talk of it picked up and spread like fire…even you read it and had an opinion about it, which ‘any media is good media’ right?!

      • 6-3-2012

        Ashley, with respect, talking about a tragic event does help a lot of people, me included.

        I was at the bedside of my partner of 8 years when she passed away in 2010, the 13 medics and doctors couldn’t save her, but at least she knew i was there for her.

        I’d never lost anyone that close to me before and talking about it to friends, family and via a blog helped me a lot. It helps in ways that i cannot even find the words to discribe. Until you have been in a situation like that i doubt you will understand. But when you’ve been through something as tramatic, you’ll understand why people want to tell anyone who will listen…it’s a kind of therapy and a safty valve preventing you from breaking down and becoming a ‘cabbage’

        I wish Aimee well for the future (and her family, who have shown their love of Aimee just by being there for her) and i hope she comes out of this a stronger person mentally and doesn’t let a few scars ruin her self image, as she is a beautiful young lady with the rest of her life ahead of her.

        Keep smiling Aimee, you light up peoples hearts when you do…

      • 6-4-2012

        Ashley Wright –
        What a spiteful thing to say. Alike many above I am not only disappointed that you would get that impression from such a wonderful man as Mr. Copeland as being “juvenile”, but appalled that you would have the audacity to post such a hateful comment on a place intended for support. The Copeland family didn’t need that, the wonderful people following her story didn’t need that, you yourself didn’t need that and most importantly Aimee did not need that. She doesn’t need people feeling sorry for her or to see that her story gave even one bad person the opinion that her father is juvenile. You yourself are the juvenile one, and I hope that you get the help you need to be at peace with yourself because you have brought it to the world’s attention that you are not. My best and my hope that you will think about the consequences of a couple sentences written on a blog.

      • 6-5-2012

        @ Ashley Wright ~ Matthew 18:20~ For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them.~ We are gathered together in God’s name to pray for strength, healing, and support for the Copeland family. Prayers and praise is what has helped Aimee get this far. ~ Ashley Wright, I only assume that you have never felt the peace of God’s presence and actually experiencing the power of prayer. I believe when you get to really feel this kind of serenity and love, you will have a more positive outlook. Like others have said, this blog is for support and encouragement for the Copelands. If you want to be negative, stick to FBook~ it doesn’t belong here. Pebbles R from Warne, NC

      • 6-18-2012

        Mr. Wright –
        please try on the idea that Aimee’s family is
        “being connected”.

        When this is present, it flavors everything.

        If you do try that on, notice how Andy’s writing seems, looking from there.

        Be well…

  13. 5-28-2012

    This brought happy tears to my eyes. God bless her! I am so glad shes able to finally speak. Its great being able to know what shes feeling and from what I read shes still a fighter with joking around with things.

    What an amazing young girl. I will be following her progress as I am now a fan of hers. I can’t wait until there is a way to meet her because I owe her the biggest hug anyone can give.

    God bless you and your family honestly.

  14. 5-28-2012

    I am so happy for you all that Aimee is doing well. While I do not know you personally, I have followed Aimee’s story throughout the last couple weeks. A good friend of mine is also going through a very difficult recovery after a stroke sent her into ‘locked-in syndrome.’ She has fought hard like Aimee has and is making a strong recovery too. It may sound cliche, but you never do think things such as these will hit close to home… but they do. I have also found my faith strengthened lately and found this latest post comforting and wonderful. I wish Aimee, you, the entire family and group of loved ones only the best. Thank you for sharing your story and God Bless…

    Todd Smith

  15. 5-28-2012

    What an awesome post! It amazes me the faith in god you have after every thing that has happened! It is so motivating to hear her story and the progress she has made!!!

  16. 5-28-2012

    Its so inspiring to read your post of Amiee’s progress….My daughter at the age of 16 almost died from a bacteria infection we were at Scottish Rites Hospital in Atlanta. I won’t bother you with details….but it was a difficult time so my heart has gone out to you and your family “and Amiee”. I’m greatful to hear of the progress she is making and to hear you are a man of Faith! God be with you and your family maybe someday I’ll tell you how my daughter finally after 10yrs. of trying to have a child but left with problems from her episode as a 16 yr. old at the age of Thirty God blessed her and her husband of 9yrs. with not just one but Two girls! God Is Good! Thanks for sharing your incredible faith with us all!

  17. 5-28-2012

    Aimee is an incredibly strong girl and you are an amazing family. I continue to follow her progress and offer my prayers. Keep up the good work Aimee!

  18. 5-28-2012

    GOD BLESS AIMEE DAY

    Wish I could do more………….. ((((((HUGS))))))) To all of you:)

  19. 5-28-2012

    So amazed by Aimee and her perseverence. God has definitely blessed you all. She is truly an inspiration. I am not sure what her long term plans are but I believe that she could be a source of inspiration for wounded returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    God Bless you all.

  20. 5-28-2012

    I pray that your biggest challenge will be to slow down and not run for the next miracle to come Aimee’s and your way. Celebrate each new day and each new advancement. God’s and your love will carry you through like eagle’s wings on a forever breeze. God bless Aimee and you.

  21. 5-28-2012

    Dear Copelands,
    You are an awesome family! The Lord continue to bless you with healing and strengthen you all as you literally take one step at a time. Never forget the words of footprints in the sand. I am so thankful and rejoice with you, that God has a plan and a divine purpose for beautiful Aimee.

    In Christ’s love,

    Patricia
    Missionry to Hungary

  22. 5-28-2012

    Your Aimee is absolutely incredible. Tears came to my eyes as I read of her saying *these fingers can work magic* and how beautiful her sense of humor is. I lived in GA as a child… my younger sister now lives there, and in fact, said the other day she has friends who know your Aimee…so that, including the fact we share the same spelling of names, has caused her story to stick with me…

    She has been on my heart to pray for since I first heard of her story… I can’t express how deeply reading these updates touches my heart…she, and all of you, will be in my prayers for a long time…this blog shines with your love for her, your faith, and the bond of your family. Aimee, and her story, are reminding many of the truly imoportant things of life. God bless you all, and I look forward to the day I can read Aimee is a motivational speaker or similar… I can see that happening SO very naturally!!!

    ~Aimee from MN

  23. 5-28-2012

    I think the timeline on the accident needs an Aimee Day addition! She is an inspiration to all…

  24. 5-28-2012

    I loved reading about your day, and congratulations to Aimee for being able to talk again. I have a daughter who is 24 and I have no idea how I could handle what your family has had to endure. I am inspired and grateful and feel love for you and yours, even though I’ve never met you. Aimee is one in a million. You should be proud in every sense of the word. The prayers will keep heading your way. Take care and God bless.

  25. 5-28-2012

    God Bless you Aimee and your family. I love hearing the amazing, spiritual, touching, happy great news. My husband is an amputee and he started walking with his prosthetic one month after his amputation. Never stop believing and never stop fighting. You are amazing Aimee and God has a great purpose in life for you to achieve. Sending prayers, hugs, and love to you all.

  26. 5-28-2012

    Thank God, Thank God & Thank God. He’s a wonderful God and she’s a strong young woman, :)

  27. 5-28-2012

    Thank you Mr Copeland for the update. I’m so grateful to GOD and the Universe that Aimee is healing/mending, grateful that she’s speaking with you and the rest of your family and grateful that she’s pulling through with a great attitude!

    Aimee continues to be in my thoughts and I’m also grateful for what you’ve shared with people who care about Aimee and your family.

    Take care, hugs to Aimee from a lady in Haslett, MI.
    LinJ

  28. 5-28-2012

    You are such an amazing family. I try my hardest to read all you post. You are all in my thoughts and like so many others, in my prayers. Thank you for taking the time and energy to keep all of us, strangers, family and friends in on your wonderful progress.

  29. 5-28-2012

    Congratulations!!! So happy for Aimee! I can’t imagine how excited you as a family must be to finally hear her speak. Thank you for your updates and sharing her story with the world. She is truly an inspiration and her PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) is something everyone can learn from. You sir, have an amazing daughter and I am very glad her recovery is progressing positively. Thank you again for your amazing updates and for sharing Aimee’s, and your family’s, journey with everyone. I have been following it since the very beginning and look forward to all the positive progress reports. God bless Aimee, you and your family.

  30. 5-28-2012

    Hi! I love your daughter for being such an inspiration to all of us. I also wanted so much to participate in the blood drive for Aimee but they removed 1/2 my lung and I have COPD so I’m not allowed to donate. Just know that I was there in Spirit. I am so proud of you as Parents and her sister how strong and so devoted to God! I know that having the faith has been a Blessing to not only your family but also ours, without him we would be nothing! Aimee is on the Prayer List at Bethesda Baptist Church off Gordon Hwy and I will continue to keep her in my Prayers! Thanks for the updates! In God’s Love, Marcy

  31. 5-28-2012

    Beautiful! God Bless , Aimee and her wonderful family! Your in my thoughts and prayer everyday!

  32. 5-28-2012

    God bless Amy and all of you! THANK YOU for sharing this journey with me! It’s quite inspiring, not to mention it’s wonderful to see that there are still Christians in the world who genuinely seem to love and appreciate our dear Lord!!! :-)

  33. 5-28-2012

    I continue to pray for you and your daughter, Aimee. I know the power of prayer and know that our Lord will heal Aimee and her family. Although her body may not be fully whole, her heart is and will continue to be whole. She is an inspiration to us all. Love and prayers to you all!

  34. 5-28-2012

    What a blessing to read of Aimee’s progress today. Thank you for sharing. She is in my thoughts and prayers, and her spirit is an inspiration. I know God has wonderful plans for her. The road ahead will be long, and maybe sometimes dark, but God will light the path and be holding your hands the whole way, and carrying you when needed. I look forward to seeing God’s light shinning through Aimee as she progresses. Prayers will continue.

  35. 5-28-2012

    God bless you all. I have followed the story since day 1 and you all are an amazing family that you should be proud of. I’m so glad Aimee is making such great progess and that she is such an inspriation to so many.

  36. 5-28-2012

    As I praise God for His blessings, I am so anxious to celebrate Aimee Day on May 27, 2013…I will continue to pray for Aimee and her loving family. May God richly bless you all!
    Sincerely,
    Kim Y. Tatum

  37. 5-28-2012

    Aimee’s story and fight is truly amazing! It has touched my heart. I was wondering if there was an address I could send a picture for Aimee. I am a bit of an artist and I would love to try and draw a picture of her favorite cartoon character. Could someone please tell me what her favorite toon is as well as somewhere I may send it when I’m finished please. May this young woman continue to be blessed in every avenue of her life.

  38. 5-28-2012

    Praise GOD !!!

  39. 5-28-2012

    Hurrah for the wonderful news. We always have a choice to choose to be happy no matter what. Aimee”s response to the challenges placed before her on her life journey are inspiring and awesome to witness. She chooses to find the joy. It is already her mindset as is yours and her family. Continued blessings to you and your family, as we are also blessed in the process!

  40. 5-28-2012

    My thoughts and prayers are with Aimee and her family daily. my daughter Stephanie is 24 yrs. old also.

  41. 5-28-2012

    I think about Aimee everyday

    • 5-28-2012

      Me too

    • 5-30-2012

      I do too. And, I pray for her as well. Thank you for continuing to update the many, many people her story has touched.

  42. 5-28-2012

    We continue to be amazed and blessed with Aimee’s progess!!! Our Great Physician has wonderful plans for your precious child! Thank you so much for your wonderful update. You and your family are and will continue to be in our prayers.

  43. 5-28-2012

    God bless you all. Aimee is not only my hero but millions of people across the country. God will never put more on us then we can beat. Often time I find myself complaining about the cares of the world then God quickly reminds me that my problems are not bigger then my God. One day I was waiting in line in wal mart and I kept sighing loudly in impatience. This older lady in front of me turned around and asked me if I wanted to go in front of her in line, I responded no thank you she said it seems like you are in a hurry. I stopped and thought for a second my husband was at work and out daughter was at school I am at house wife (in very good health might I add) and here I am in a hurry for nothing. So the lady continued to tell me that she lost her husband and daughter 2 that same year and that she has severe rheumatoid arthritis and that standing there was so painful for her. I immediately felt condemned and instantly asked God for forgiveness and walked away with an important message learned. God bless you all and may He continues to shine his face upon you.

  44. 5-28-2012

    Inspired in my spirit by your humble and triumphant attitude. May God continue to meet you daily in this journey. Bless you all, and know you are in the prayers of this Californian.

  45. 5-28-2012

    Once again Andy, this is a totaly awesome report. We stay steadfast in prayer as Aimee continues to recover. Thanks for spending so much time on these blogs. We love y’all.

  46. 5-28-2012

    Andy, I am so happy thaat Aimee Day has arrived! It was the best birthday present I could have ever hoped for as May 27th is my birthday! I will be reminded of your precious Aimee every year now on my birthday and say an extra prayer for her on that day! Please let Aimee know she has touched my heart deeply and I am so proud of her! Still praying in Illinois!

  47. 5-28-2012

    I feel compelled to tell you that your attitude, strength and courage is AMAZING!!! I continue to pray for your family every day. I am a mother of three young daughters and I can only pray that should I ever face such trying times that I can handle them with even a fraction of the strength and positivity as you. Keep up the good work and I will continue the prayers on my end :) GOD IS GOOD….Bless your family

    Erica Del Negro
    Estero, Fl

  48. 5-28-2012

    I’ve been following Aimee and her story from day 1. There was never a doubt in my mind, not even for a moment, that you would get to Aimee Day. Congratulations to all of you!

    From the updates you have kindly shared, it sure sounds as if God has truly been showing his ultimate grace, favor and blessings towards Aimee.

    You have truly touched me in a way you may never understand. There was a little cartoon drawing I did, not sure if you ever saw it.I did from my heart, for Aimee, as it was my way of contributing something. Hopefully you all did see it and it put a smile on her face.

    I wish I could do more for Aimee and for your family and i’ll continue to keep all of you in prayer.

    Peace through Christ,

    Michael Houbrick

  49. 5-28-2012

    AMEN! Such good news!! Aimee’s so blessed to have such a beautiful family bond. Thank-you for sharing her journey.

  50. 5-28-2012

    Semper Fi Aimee! Memorial day might be a time where most people pay tribute to my time in the Marine Corps; for me, now, it is a time to pay tribute to the courage and strength I have seen in your fight! You have truely inspired and touched this Marine! God bless you, and continue your recovery with the intensity that had been displayed so far!

  51. 5-28-2012

    What an awesome post this was. It’s just the beginning of many many more to come. I thank the Lord, as you do, with the miraculous healing that Aimee has had. I also have declared the 27th of May as *Aimee Angel* day. May the Lord continue to stretch forth his hand and bring forth healing in his time. Numbers 6:24-26. Love you all.

  52. 5-28-2012

    Praise the Lord, he is truly working miracles for your family. So happy that Aimee is doing well and moving forward each day w/ a happy spirit. We continue to keep you all in our prayers in Kansas.

  53. 5-28-2012

    Thank you for sharing your testimony of the love and devotion you have for your family and the Lord. Your daughter’s spirit alone is inspiring but then I read your words as a father and leader of your family, your frustrations and your praises and it melts my heart. May God bless your family in unimaginable ways and continue to touch the hearts of others. Aimee- praying for you and your family from Missouri!! :) )

  54. 5-28-2012

    God Bless Aimee and her sister and her mom and dad. You have the love and support of Jesus and everyone who is following your story. Aimee, you’ve been through such an ordeal, as has your family. Please understand, and I know you already know this, so many people would change places with you at this moment. You are a young woman/family who is admired by many. Thank you for witnessing to your love and devotion to our Lord. This is life; ups and downs, but you have Christ as your savior, you will survive anything. You will Aimee. Keep your faith in Jesus Christ and your family. You are a true, breathing miracle of our Lord. I thank him for you and your family. Keep the strength Aimme, Sweetie. I’m with you. Love and hugs.
    A follower of our earthly angel, Aimee

  55. 5-28-2012

    I am almost crazy trying to keep up with updates on Aimee! I’ve noticed that lately I am mad in my daily life. I can’t figure out why. However, I feel Aimee’s spirit through your words, Andy. I have made a conscious effort now to remember Aimee’s beautiful spirit when I am angry and upset. Someone I have never met inspires me!

    Aimee, if I were in front of you, I’d sing for you: “Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from Heaven above.” i don’t know the name of the song or who sings it but it has stayed with me for some 10 or so years since 10 grade!

    God bless you all!

  56. 5-28-2012

    Amazing!!!!!!!

  57. 5-28-2012

    Good for Aimee for having spunk! I imagine as she progresses you and the docs and hopital staff will have plenty more opportunities to hear her express what she wants (and doesn’t want).

    Aimee, You go, girl! Do what is right for you. Stay tough!!!

  58. 5-28-2012

    What an inspiration. Wow! My wife and I continue to pray for Aimee and your family. My wife (Nicole) had a rare bacterial infection in her foot following a simple ankle surgery last July. The following 7 months were the biggest challenge God has put in our lives. Numerous surgeries (13 total), wound vacs, and a plastic surgery later Nicole is able to walk. Doctors to this day have no idea how my wife didnt lose her foot or worse. I thank God everyday for allowing us to get thru that time together. I pray Aimee and your family the best and have Faith that this will make Aimee and your family stronger. God bless!

  59. 5-28-2012

    I wish you and your family many blessings and continued progress for Aimee, in her recovery. We come from very different backgrounds but
    I feel a strong connection to you and your family, when reading your daily blog.

    I have two small children that are the center of my world and like you; we live for our family, friends and our faith.

    I love your story and will continue to follow your writings; and pulling for you all the way.

    Best regards,

    Alex

  60. 5-28-2012

    What great news! Thank you for the update!

  61. 5-28-2012

    I have gained strength from your faith as I, too, have had struggles in dealing with my husband who is not in good health, primarily from a traumatic bring injury from a car accident in 2005. May WE all continue to have patience and strength in dealing with what life sends our way, knowing that our Lord Jesus Christ will be there no matter what. Thank you, Jesus, for lifting us up and carrying us when we need you. I am from Columbia, SC, so not so far from you. Maybe one day we will have the opportunity to meet!

  62. 5-28-2012

    It is just wonderful to hear such good news! Those that are following this and your family’s struggles and triumphs are feeling the elation over this new development! It is the sweetest news one can hear when one’s child can speak again! It has to be such a wonderful gift to you and to Aimee! God Bless you with all!

  63. 5-28-2012

    It was such a blessing to read your update today. Yes, God has worked wonders and you folks are on a journey that is going to lead you to places you never gave a thought to before. It is going to be exciting to see what the Lord had in store for all of you. We have been praying for you folks from day 1 and will continue. Thanks for keeping us posted.

    Blessings,
    Sheldon

  64. 5-28-2012

    My humble prays to you Sir and your entire family. Special prays and blessing to AIMEE! Your blogs are intense and detailed – I feel your pain and can only imagine Aimee’s pains and fears. She is a strong survivor with a powerful force to live. May God continue to give her strength with good health and watch over her each and every day – Always…

    HC Clark-ENC USN-Retired CPO
    Glen Burnie, Maryland

  65. 5-28-2012

    What an amazing woman, that Aimee! My husband and I are so honored to call her our friend. Please tell her Tami and Seabass love her and are praying everyday for her, and the entire family. God bless!

  66. 5-28-2012

    prayers being sent to you Aimee and the family! what a Awsome God we have!

  67. 5-28-2012

    Andy, THANK YOU for keeping us updated on your family and Aimee’s current condition. We share in your celebration of Aimee’s words! You have been a blessing by sharing your story with so many across the world. We check your blog for updates constantly as they bring us such hope and inspiration. We agree with another writers comment, you should write a book, your words come across LIFE LIKE! Know that so many people are following her progress through your words and pray as though we are close friends and family! God bless you and keep writing! We all love you and your family!

  68. 5-28-2012

    Amazing! You are providing such a testimony to so many through sharing this experience. And what an awesome record to look back on as your daughter progresses through her recovery. I am a fairly new parent (a 2 1/2 y/o and another due in Oct.) and I wonder if I could face this kind of ordeal with my kids. I think you are proving that God lends us strength we never thought we had. May blessings continue to abound for you and your family! ~Cassie

  69. 5-28-2012

    Thank you for the updates, what an amazing Day. My prayers as always are with Aimee and and her wonderful family may God continue to give you the strength to deal with this from Cape Town, South Africa

  70. 5-28-2012

    ????HAPPY AIMEE DAY!!!! Wow what an awesome, brave, strong,couragous woman!! Every single time I read these updates I’m just like OMG I can’t imagine what she’s going through and what an amazing person she must be to have the positive attitude that she has!! I don’t know Aimee but I have no doubt that everything will be ok for her I have the feeling she’s the kind of person who’s not going to let anything stop her???? I wish u the absolute best!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!! And by the way Andy u have a wonderful way with words! I sure hope your a writer if not u should be????

  71. 5-28-2012

    Congratulations, and so much more. God bless all of you. What a journey, and it has always seemed to be a ride that was meant to be, in some ways. Now I see why Amy is recovering and why things have gone as they have. Jesus is clearly in control and you are all close to Him. Changes everything naturally. He is close to all of you, so very close. People don’t often understand the nature of how that can be, given something like your heartache, but, heartache comes to pretty much everybody at one time or another. Going it alone, now that’s scary.

    I’m frustrated that you were not told the reason why Amy did not want to see you at 12:00. There is no reason someone could not have investigated that and spared you that upset. Someone should have. Patience and acceptance in the face of such a situation is the doings of earthly saints. It calls for more than I’ve got, that’s for darn sure. But you are deep on the walk with Jesus, so you already know that’s how it is.

    I don’t know you or Amy, but hearing you describe her courage and tenacity, have always felt that, within five years, Amy will be working in her field, married, and with children. No doubt in my mind. You have some little blonde grandchildren to look forward to! There’s a way to go, but she will get there. Jesus will help her, and you all.

  72. 5-28-2012

    Dear Andy:

    I just read the story about your beautiful daughter Aimee on multiple online newspapers sites (one of them in Spanish) and I am very glad that she has been doing a miraculous recovery, thank God! I pray to God the she fully recovers so you can have her soon in your house and you all be together again :) :)

    Gilbert
    28 May, 2012
    New York City.

  73. 5-28-2012

    So glad you shared this…I have been thinking about Aimee for weeks since I heard of her illness….

    GOD is so good to you and all the family..
    GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU

  74. 5-28-2012

    To God be the glory. This is such a heart warming story. It really restores my faith which gets pretty lousy now and then. I am sick 75% of the time and I am not as graceful as Aimee. If I keep reading, I pray her faith and resilience wear off on me. We will keep praying because I believe without prayers we are nothing.

  75. 5-28-2012

    Your family is amazing and inspiring. Everyone who knows your story is with you and thinking of you and praying for you all.

  76. 5-28-2012

    Happy Aimmee Day,

    I have been following your story since day 1. I have a son with cerebral palsy. He cannot walk or talk, but his spirit is beautiful. He has a great sense of humor and is always happy. His last surgery was a few years ago. He had a total spinal fusion and had alot of complications. He was in the hospital several months and took along time rehabing at home. I have ridden that rollercoaster that your family is on now, but now he is doing great.

    The reason I wanted to write to your family now is because I wanted to tell you about Canine Companions for Independence. I am also in a wheelchair and received a service dog from them (there is no charge for the dog). He has helped me with the things I can’t do physically, he’s always there for me emotionally, and he gives me independence. I thought Aimmee might like to think about it. Sometimes it can take a few years from application to getting matched up with just the right dog. It has been such a positive experience in my life. I just feel excited thinking that Aimmee might love and benefit from the same experience after such a big struggle.

    Terry Husband and CCI dog Clayton (team Clayton)

  77. 5-28-2012

    Hey ya’ll..still following this journey or recovery and strength…Happy Memorial Day to Aimee and her family… I think of her daily and can’t wait to hear of the day the sun touches her cheeks. Stay strong, may earth angels be with you always….

  78. 5-28-2012

    God is SOOOOOOO good!

  79. 5-28-2012

    God is Good and he is in Controle, you are a fighter just keep it up and our prayers will continue .

  80. 5-28-2012

    Please write a book about your experience so that even more can be touched by this amazing experience. Yall have been such a blessing to me & so many others! God is using yall. It is amazing!

  81. 5-28-2012

    Thank you for sharing this remarkable part of the story with us. Continuing to keep Aimee and your family in my prayers.

    May God continue to bless you all.

    Maethea
    Dunwoody, GA

  82. 5-28-2012

    Andy, your words brought tears to my eyes. God Bless your sweet Aimee and your family!

  83. 5-28-2012

    Mr. Copeland and family, I have been keeping up with Aimees story over the last few weeks and can’t tell you how excited I am to hear she is recovering nicely. You should be so very proud of the courage and dignity that Aimee, as well as the rest of the family have handled such a difficult situation. I am mildly disabled myself and admire Aimee that much more for taking her physical condition in stride, she is an inspiration. Although I am not a religious man I am a spiritual man and this is evidence of the power of prayer. I know there are so many rooting for Aimee. May God bless you and Aimee, you are truly remarkable people.

  84. 5-28-2012

    Andy, Who knew you had such a great sense of humor!. I always thought of you as the goofy kid up the street!. What an amazing man you have become. It’s funny, your little sister’s daughter is good friends with my twins Ben and Erin at Dorman. Small world..and I saw your dad at Lois Johnson’s funeral and we talked of old times..It’s because of your dad that I went into sales all my life..I sold chicklets gum for him one year to benefit the Jaycees or some group and I sold the heck out of those things for him..I went into sales later in life because I loved the thrill of the sale!.I’ve been following Aimee’s story and praying for your family…God is good isn’t he?…You do need to write a book one day about the strength of her spirit and the love of a family that pulls her through!..Anyway warm thoughts headed your way every day…Your neighbor from Loring Street..Debbie Gardner!

  85. 5-28-2012

    I am so very happy that Aimee is doing well. I have been praying for her and thinking of her every day.God bless everyone that has been helping her and please know that there are people all over the country rooting for wonderful Aimee to continue getting better. God keep you all safe and well and may He continue to watch over her!!!

  86. 5-28-2012

    I have been following your posts from day one. And i cry in tears of joy and empathy everytime. My prayers and wishes of a great recovery are sent every day to Aimee and your family. – from the Robillard’s in Dallas Texas

  87. 5-28-2012

    Hooray for aimee day!! Have been waiting to hear the news from your dad… Praise GOD from whom ALL blessings flow. (singing)lol. Sounds like your doing better . so so so glad. Thankful that your dad is blogging because it keeps people updated on your recovery. Today is precious to me also. 7 yrs ago I lost my beloved husband due to a cut on his hand. It developed into sepsis. I always knew GOD blessed me with him and he was GOD’S all along. I became a widow at the age of 46. Hard to swallow.He was only 49. The journey you will take will be interesting, but I encourage you to take hold of the master’s hand and he will carry you thru. GOD bless you aimee…keep us updated please.. your friend SUEZEE~~~~~

  88. 5-28-2012

    God’s timing is always perfect, though we may only catch it in hind sight. What an amazing journey you have all been on, one not asked for put paid in full by God’s loving Grace. Continued prayers for your daughter Aimee, she is a blessing to all of us as she reminds us to take one day at a time, God will meet you there.

  89. 5-28-2012

    I am from Augusta Ga but now living in Waco Ga..
    Been so moved by Aimee and her courage..So happpy to hear the wonderful news..Praying for A Wonderful Future and recovery.
    God Bless and Happy Memorial Day.

  90. 5-28-2012

    God gave all of his only son for us and he took some of your daughter…i beleive you can under no circumstances rationalise the wonder of Aimee with out thinking and God. He is good and kind and in time Aimee will show us all what his plans for her are. Way bigger than any of us can see!!!

  91. 5-28-2012

    I am so excited and happy for you all!

    Love and prayers from Milledgeville, GA

  92. 5-28-2012

    Sending prayers from Bayville New York… We love you Aimee!!

  93. 5-28-2012

    Still praying here in Sidney, Ohio. I am a lay speaker in Sidney First United Methodist Church and I will be filling pulpit on June 10 in one of the Shelby County Ohio churches. My topic is the healings of Jesus On the Fringe of Faith), talking about the woman with the issue of blood and the workings of faith. In reading your previous expressions of faith, I hope you won’t mind if I plan to use Aimee and your family as an example of what that faith can do today. May God continue to bless you all. Dave

  94. 5-28-2012

    I have been sharing Aimee’s story with my five year old grandson , Noah, who live with us. As well as can be explained to a five year old, he is following her story with the rest of the nation and he was thrilled today to learn she has spoken and smiled.

    Prayers sent to Aimee and know that a little boy in Tennessee remembers her when he says his prayers each night..

    God Bless you all,

    Lee and Noah

  95. 5-28-2012

    Dear Mr.Copeland,
    It is a beautiful thing that Aimee is so positive about her conditions. I’m praying for your family and I know with Gods mercy you guys will get thru this bump in the road.
    Love,
    Elena

  96. 5-28-2012

    “whenever 2 or more are gathered in his name…there is love..” :)

  97. 5-28-2012

    Love you Aimee!

  98. 5-28-2012

    I have never met you Amy but I wanted you to know what an inspiration you are to me. Godspeed on your recovery. DRH, Fort Worth, Texas

  99. 5-28-2012

    I’m not a religious person. Having said that, you’ve
    made me want to believe in something more. I know
    that this is about Aimee. But I wanted to let you know that YOUR an inspiration. The way you love ur
    family so completely….I’m in awe of you. Youre truly
    an amazing man. I have a feeling Aimee’s gonna be
    just fine. Know that youre the reason.

    • 5-30-2012

      Yes, Mr. Copeland, Aimee is truly an inspiration and, truly, so are you! I’m so adament about that. You are so incredible as a person on this earth and as a father, husband and fellow community member. We are so lucky to have you here.

      Please do write a book and maybe have Aimee write with you with her own comments as well as Donna’s and Paige’s… I really think it would be a bestseller. Would be so appreciated and Well read by many people.

      Thank you so much for your throughts and excellent blog updates. And, thank you, Aimee, for your fight for life. We all love you! I’ve been watching and hearing and reading about you since day 1.

  100. 5-28-2012

    I Think of you Ammie and your incredible family everyday….
    Your strength will guide you and your loving family will grow to a deeper place in life as you reach your full recovery. My prayers are sent to you each day.

  101. 5-28-2012

    I too have been keeping up with Aimee and her progress. God is taking care of her I know wonderful things is and will continue in her life. Sometimes things happen for a reason that seems hard to understand. God has plans for her.

    God Bless and thanks for the updates.

  102. 5-28-2012

    WONDERFUL NEWS, Thanks for sharing , Keeping Aimee in my prayers always!!

  103. 5-28-2012

    I can only rejoice in Amiee’s improvement and her incredible spirit. After having lived through a much smaller bout with this affliction in my own daughter, I know the horror and the final acceptance. I am so happy that Aimee is recovering. I only wish I could generate the same good news for the wonderful troops of the USA who have given their lives for our way of life.

  104. 5-28-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s unfortunate accident from the beginning. I lost my left leg at age 34 from a tractor accident…. I have since then devoted my life to reaching out to other’s whom have lost a limb,two or all….. When I read about Aimee my heart dropped… Here is a young, full of life lady that now not only lose’s one leg, but now the other as well as both hands….. I could not imagine such an impact on a life such as that at such a young life… Her therapy alone will be more intense than mine ever was… Her ability to adjust to prostectic’s on all four limbs will be undiscribable. The family will need all the support they can get as well as Aimee to get over the following weeks, month’s and years to come….. I only wish I could meet her in person and her family to share hope, faith and love along w/courage, strenght and comfort to their upcoming days, weeks and months to come……

  105. 5-28-2012

    I have been following along with Aimee’s incredible journey since the beginning. I am a rehab nurse and have worked with some of the people affected with NF. Aimee has come so far and is an inspiration not only to me but to everyone. I share her story with my clients so she has been inspirational for many. I would be honored to work with Aimee with her rehabilitation if you should need outside help. I have Aimee Day already on my calendar! There will be many more I’m sure. Please let her know that I am continueing to pray for her and all of you and that sharing her progress has been inspirational to others.

  106. 5-28-2012

    God is good.

  107. 5-28-2012

    So happy for you guys!!!!

  108. 5-28-2012

    Dear Andy, Donna, Paige and Aimee
    I’m from Brazil and just wanted to let you know that I’m praying for Aimee’s recovery!!!
    I’ll keep praying for all of you.
    Be strong
    Maggie

  109. 5-28-2012

    To the Copeland Family and Aimee,
    I too am a 24 year old graduate student and I am utterly amazed, astonished and wowed by the bravery, grace, and faithfulness of Aimee and your family. Being the same age as Aimee, I could never imagine going through an ordeal like hers. She is truly inspiring to watch. The fact that she is still joking and smiling is a testament to your family and God’s greatness. I hope her recovery continues without anymore hiccups or bumps. Aimee, you certainly are one amazing soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  110. 5-28-2012

    I will always remember May 27,2012 as Aimee Day. The words literally jumped off the page you wrote when you said she was talking, I couldn’t contain myself and with such excitement I read it to my husband. May everyday from now on be a new blessing for Aimee. I personally do not know anyone that has shown so much growth and strength as she does. She is most definitely getting it through you, your family, and through the power of prayers from many people who do not know Aimee across our great nation and abroad. She’s captured our hearts through you, Andy. Thank you so, so much for letting us in on Aimee’s progress from the very beginning. I have come to love her and she’ll always remain in my heart and in my prayers.

    God Bless, you, Aimee, Donna & Paige, always,
    Lisa Weiss

  111. 5-28-2012

    Sounds like Amy is a very brave and courageous person and so very lucky to have a wonderful family. My wish is for her continued healing. I have enjoyed reading your blogs, you are a wonderful father. God Bless!

  112. 5-28-2012

    Thank you for the update Mr.Copeland, it seems thats the first thing I do now when I get on my computer is to check and see how Aimee is…Thanking God for her strength and determination…and her aswesome family..

  113. 5-28-2012

    This is such wonderful news! Aimee’s story has been an inspiration to me as I recover from a rare auto-immune disease (Guillian-Barre Syndrome) that caused paralysis of my lower body and put me in a wheelchair- at the age of 38. After developing the symptoms in December, I took my first steps two weeks ago. Aimee- keep fighting young lady! You and your family are going to changd the world with your story of strength, compassion, love, and above all faith in God. Thank you for inspiring me and so many others.

  114. 5-28-2012

    Happy Aimee Day! Your entire family has a wonderful perspective on life and that will help Aimee! You did such a wonderful job of relating Aimee Day events that I wanted to get up and dance also :)

  115. 5-28-2012

    You are an amazing family! Aimee is a beautiful person…..so strong and positive. Praying for her every day, and thanks for sharing her progress with us. Your family is an inspiration to all. God Bless, Nancy

  116. 5-28-2012

    When I hear the strength that the family has, and the strength that Aimee has shown , makes
    Me want to be the best person I can be. I continue to pray for Aimee and the family everyday!!
    I know she has touch so many lives, and I will remember Aimee’s Day!! Please keep us updated
    On Aimee,. Have a blessed day for its Aimee’s Day!

  117. 5-28-2012

    Yay! She has been such a symbol of hope and courage to us. Thanks for keeping us all informed. I can’t wait to see how the world of eco-therapy for amputees is going to change! I can imagine National Parks incorporating some of what she’ll do. After this, I really think she can do anything she wants to.

    Awesome news.
    Blessings.
    –kevin

  118. 5-28-2012

    I heard of a vision of a child in heaven who saw rooms with body parts in them for those that need them on earth. I am believing for Aimee to receive those parts from heaven. God is a God of miracles and this is no big thing to miraculously give her new body parts.

  119. 5-28-2012

    Thank’s God! I pray for Aimee and all of you every day. Thank you so much for your blog! I’m from Germany and read it every day. Love and God bless you all!

  120. 5-28-2012

    God is good, and your sharing of your family’s and Aimee’s journey is a blessing to us all. Thank you for sharing.

  121. 5-28-2012

    First of all i am so happy to hear of Aimee’s progress and that she can finally talk. I think of Aimee quite often and check your blog for any updates. What a heartbreaking yet inspirational story! I am continually impressed with your family’s strength and faith.

    Secondly…Oh bless your heart.. I’ve been closely following Aimee’s story and i know how much you were looking forward to Aimee day and her talking. I can just imagine what you were thinking when the nurse said she refused your visit….and that 5 hours of not knowing why. Wow. I’m so glad the day ended on a positive note.

    God bless you all

  122. 5-28-2012

    God bless her. What a strong fighting spirit she has!! I hope she continues to improve each day until she’s back home.

  123. 5-28-2012

    I continue to be amazed at your daughter, and her amazing strength. It is obvious that that is one of the many things with which she has been blessed (along with a loving family, for starters). I pray that the Creator, in all of the Creator’s mysterious greatness, will continue to bless her, yourself, and the rest of your family with what you need, and that you may soon return to a point where your biggest worry is whether or not the GPS is routing you the correct way.

  124. 5-28-2012

    God bless!Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

  125. 5-28-2012

    Hi andy,
    what an amazing and strong family you guys are,I think lots of people learning from aimee and you to how to beat the odds and be strong.I wish the best for aimee and your family.

  126. 5-28-2012

    Aimee’s story continues to touch my heart. How wonderful it is that she is still with us and continues to improve. Thank you for taking the time to let all of us share the joy of her recovery. I wish Aimee and all of you the very best.

  127. 5-28-2012

    Truly amazing story, truly amazing family and may I add, truly beautiful and inspiring Aimee, I am not a religious man but this story is making me think twice about my religious beliefs so I thank you for that. Can’t wait to hear more about Aimee’s recovery.

    Dave, English guy living in Hong Kong
    xxxx

  128. 5-28-2012

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    Our God is an AWESOME GOD!

  129. 5-28-2012

    Aimee & I share the same name. She is in my thoughts & prayers! –Aimee, Canton, Ohio

  130. 5-28-2012

    Continuing to pray for Amy & all of you. Our God is so good! What a great day May 27 had to be for you all!

  131. 5-28-2012

    your blogs are self-serving and sappy

    • 5-29-2012

      Wow. Have some respect for the family.

    • 5-29-2012

      then don’t read it.

    • 5-30-2012

      Again, Ashley, please refrain from posting these hurtful and unnecessary posts. You’ve done this twice, at least, now. Why the mean posts targeting Mr. Copeland? Are you jealous of the attention? Take it somewhere else, please. There’s nothing to be jealous of. Just simply stop reading the blogs, ok? That’s all. Easy enough? Mr. Copeland is respecting you by letting your messages go through and be posted on the board/blog and to be seen, can you just respect him back and not post these hurtful blog messages anymore?

    • 5-30-2012

      and you are a sorry loser

    • 5-31-2012

      Ashley Wright, if you are so unhappy about the blogs, why are you on here reading them?

  132. 5-28-2012

    I am happy to read today’s update. I can’t help but feel utterly hopeless and sad about what happened to this wonderful girl. I know in life some day all of us go through tragedy’s of one kind or another. I am shocked at how well she is taking it. She is so damn brave. No bacteria on the planet can take away her beauty, her strength or her wonderful family. I feel good knowing that you all are with her every day and will be forever. She should know that all of us pull for her every day. Her story has touched me deeply.

  133. 5-28-2012

    WOW!!! I’m truly at a loss for words…

  134. 5-28-2012

    Prayers for Aimee! From Chicago! Thinking of her everyday! Please please let her know that though we don’t know her personally, it was not the tragedy that captivated our hearts, but her courage! Please let her know to not lose hope, never! And though she might not know us, (me) or, us know her, we are there wishing her well every step of the way. That’s the beautiful thing about life; LOVE. I don’t have to know you Aimee to wish you LOVE AND BLESSINGS from the bottom of my heart. I wish you well, because I know wherever you are, you are overcoming this struggle in your life as I am overcoming my own, and as others wishing you well on this page, are also overcoming their own struggles. I also send hugs to your sister, dad, and your mother, bc you guys need hugs too. :) Take care all of you!

    -Fabiola, 21, Chicago

  135. 5-28-2012

    A million Amens!!! Truly, we serve a great and wonderful saviour who loves us all unconditionally. Yes,he makes all things beautiful in His time. I really admire Aimee’s tenacity and her acceptance of this situation. This is a source of encouragement to me in my daily Christian walk as well. Aimee is amazing and i thank god for a sister in christ like her as well. Continue to be strong for your daughter. I am praying for Aimee daily! Your updates are a source of inspiration as well. God’s richest blessings on you and family. May His abundant grace chase and overtake you as well!

  136. 5-28-2012

    Pure. Courage.

  137. 5-28-2012

    What a HAPPY DAY, indeed. GOD always answers prayers.
    Keeping your family in our thoughts from Orange County, CA

  138. 5-28-2012

    We’ll dance for Aimee in my Church. The Lutherans don’t mind.

  139. 5-28-2012

    I have a feeling Aimee is one who shares my love of the Grateful Dead. To Aimee: “A box of rain will ease the pain and love will see you through.”

    :)

  140. 5-28-2012

    Aimee is my hero. What a fabulous light she is, full of strength and love. God bless you all~

  141. 5-28-2012

    Praising God for Aimee Day and for her continued healing and recovery!!! I’m once again on awe of how our Lord works, both in an through people!! You are an amazing family and your faith is so strong!! I KNOW the Lord has such a huge purpose and plan for Aimee’s life and it will be awesome to watch it unfold!! As I’ve continued to pray for Aimee, and your family, I have been blessed to read your beautiful blog and have appreciated you letting us read your personal story! Your words are so loving, eloquent an filled with hope, the kind you can only find from Jesus!! Again, thank you for sharing your family and your heart with all of us and just remember that the Lord is holding you and will continue to walk beside you an you continue on in this journey!! Please give our love to Aimee… Debbie, Jim, Kacie, Jeffrey & Shane Mroczko

  142. 5-28-2012

    Dear Copeland family,

    I have been praying for and thinking of Aimee ever since I learned of her accident/infection. She is truly a remarkable young woman! Oh, I wish her the absolute best! I hope all her dreams come true and more! Her life obviously has great purpose…that’s how I see surviving something like this. I wish your whole family the very best and please know you are ALL in my prayers, especially Aimee!

    God Bless,
    Ann

  143. 5-28-2012

    I read about on a brasilian online news and start to search to see if was true… Sao Paulo, Brazil is praying for u and your family.

  144. 5-28-2012

    Praying for Aimee from Boerne, TX.

  145. 5-28-2012

    I’m very happy to hear the good news. I was curious though if you told her that your sharing all of this with the public?

  146. 5-28-2012

    This is such wonderful news! I love to read your post about Aimee, I feel like I know you all, I am still praying for Aimee and your family. She is such a strong, strong young lady!!! Hugs to you all.

  147. 5-28-2012

    God is so good! He shows us even upon the most difficult times that everything is going to be alright. The good Lord is showing this in so many ways. Aimee, may you and your family feel peace and many more moments of cherished joy. Love to read the blog Andy – we all appreciate it. Continued prayers! V

  148. 5-28-2012

    Love

  149. 5-28-2012

    What great news! All of you are truly an inspiration! I have been and will continue to pray for all of you.

  150. 5-28-2012

    Tears of joys are shed with your for Aimee DAY!!!!

  151. 5-28-2012

    May God bless Aimee and your family. We have been praying for her and are so happy that Aimee’s day has arrived. Your daughter sounds like an amazing person. I am so grateful that she has a GREAT family.

    • 5-29-2012

      This is so true Nancy, what a blessing that she has such a wonderful family to Love and Support her. No wonder she is so amazing…couldn’t help but be with family like this. ;)

  152. 5-29-2012

    We have been praying for Aimee in Hartsville TN. God is Great!

  153. 5-29-2012

    Aimee has really inspired me with her optimism. I follow her on the news, facebook and here now because she just seems like such an amazing person and though I have not been able to meet her, I wish I could! She is the person I hope to be someday. Her story makes me feel pretty guilty about griping over small things in my life. Please let Aimee know she has inspired someone through her optimism and to keep up the hard work! Keep fighting! :) Stay strong.

  154. 5-29-2012

    May God richly bless you all.

    .

  155. 5-29-2012

    Thank you for keeping us all posted on Aimee.I think of you and your family so often, I am so happy to hear that Aimee is talking. She definately is a ray of sunshine. May 27th 2012 forever Aimee Day !!

    Love & Prayers to you all.

  156. 5-29-2012

    I just got home from work and I was eager to find out about Amiee’s condition. Still,(with my work clothes on) I quickly opened my laptop and read your post… I was super super super excited!!! I screamed YES as loud as possible!!! My family barged in my room and yelled at me for being so loud, and so I chuckled!(my family and I are very close too!) Words wouldn’t be enough to describe my happiness for Amiee, for you, and the rest of your family. God is very powerful and Amiee is strong which is why Amiee has been blessed with such a wonderful miracle … May God’s hands be around Amiee’s beautiful heart forever.

  157. 5-29-2012

    Prayers sent for Aimee and the whole family from Sacramento, CA.

  158. 5-29-2012

    Andy, How excited we are about Aimee’s wonderful progress. And, all in God’s perfect timing. I love the May 27th Aimee’s Day. We continue to lift all of you up to the Lord, and may a say again, I KNOW God is going to use OUR Aimee in a mighty way. God Bless all the Copelands. Love and Prayers!!!!!!!

  159. 5-29-2012

    All of our love and prayers from South Carolina! We’re rooting for you Aimee!

  160. 5-29-2012

    Much love and prayers to Aimee and your family,

  161. 5-29-2012

    I Praise God with all my heart…GOD IS ALWAYS FAITHFULL:-) Say HI to Aimee from the other side of the world…I pray for her!! In Christ Mira

  162. 5-29-2012

    My husband and I have been praying for you and your family Aimee. I know God along with your family and friends have been by your side. We may not always understand why things happen in this life, but I believe whatever may happen, God is with us, always.
    You are an inspiration. Your determination, strong will, and courage remind us all that we are much more than flesh and bone, but spirit. Our mind, heart and soul is who we really are. You will continue to be in our prayers. God Bless

  163. 5-29-2012

    When I first heard about Aimee, I felt an immediate connection. She is the same age as our daughter, Emilie, and they are both blond, beautiful and in love with nature. I wrote Aimee’s name on a sky-blue card next to our prayer candle and have been praying for her mind and heart to be strong and clear ever since. I would like to have the kind of faith and love exhibited by your wonderful family. Thank you for sharing with all of us, Andy. You are a gifted writer, and I also look forward to reading your future book!
    I’m glad that so many people can be so connected through your blog. Thank you for inspiring us!
    Love from Robin in Belgium

  164. 5-29-2012

    Blessings for Aimee.
    God preserve you!

    Lovely greetings from Austria

  165. 5-29-2012

    As an ICU nurse I have seen NF at work. It is truly horrible. I think about Aimee and pray for her quick recovery. However, am I the only one bothered about the donation aspect of this blog and FB?? Does Amiee not have health insurance? There are so many deserving people with tragic cases that don’t get this type of response/exposure. It would be nice to somehow see an outpouring of love and funds for more than just one person. I hope Copeland family will come up with a way to give back. God Bless Aimee and Good Luck.

    • 5-30-2012

      I second that! Also, while Mr. Copland is a decent writer, it concerns me the doctors, nurses, and support staff are rarely, if ever, given thanks for their efforts. And all this credit to God? Really? I can’t believe folks continue to suspend all reasoning and analysis to believe in him/her/it. Think for yourselves. And quit over-using the word “hero”. Aimee is a strong person, and should be given that credit. But she and her family only did what a lot of other familes would do to save a life. It’s not heroic. It’s normal.

    • 5-30-2012

      Hi Christine, thank you so much for your support for Aimee and her family… it’s appreciated. I, like you, wish nothing but the best for them all. Aimee was supposed to graduate with a master’s degree in May sometime and could not – so she was still a student at the time of her accident. An NF survivor blogged on the original web site – at her graduate school’s web site where the updates were – messaged that at the end of his bout with NF, his final expenses of all the hospital bills and expenses of everything totaled $500,000 and he didn’t lose any limbs. He was in the ICU for weeks. Not sure how many weeks but was very sick. Not slear whether he had insurance or not or whether Aimee has insurance, either – but even if she does have it, health insurance, most of the time, does NOT pay for prosthetic devices… in which case, she will need all four for her missing/removed limbs – 2 hands, a leg and a foot – prosthetic devices. Just like hearing aids are NOT conevred on health insurance plans… I personally wear 2 digital hearings aids which cost $7,000 and they are NEVER covered by health insurance plans. They need to be switched out every four years. Prosthetic devices need to be switched out even more frequently than that and cost way, way more than $7,000 and are customized for each limb and require rehab therapy for each limb which has limited coverage for that on insurance. Also, I have systemic fibromyalgia, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis which I’ve had for the last 21 years since I was 21, and it’s been very expensive even with insurance. Constantly paying out $260 per month for prescriptions that I absolutely have to get and can’t split down any further and pay $42 per office visit for specialists and $225 cash per office visit with my neurologist who
      is not covered on my health insurance plan. I can’t go to another neurologist because he manages my seizures very successfully and also prescribes pain medicines to kill the awesome pain I’m in everyday. This neurologist has severe arthritis himself, and knows and understands pain so I feel a strong connection with him and don’t see it necessary to see anyone else.

      Also, she will likely not be able to work for at least a year in which she will probably have to do rehabilitation therapy for a year or so since it was quite extensive – the removal of 4 limbs. She may even have to get her Ph.D. now in order to be competitive in her field and adapt or make changes to her plans in her career for the future. She will no doubt be very successful in whatever she chooses to do and she has very significant disAbilities to deal with but will need funding to support herself in the future.

      Thank you for bringing this issue up since others may have wondered the same thing. You are so kind for thinking of her… we all want the best for her. :)

  166. 5-29-2012

    That Is one strong gal there !
    She already has my thoughts and prayers, but now, she’s got my respect too.
    you go Aimee !

  167. 5-29-2012

    Prayers from Israel for a complete recovery.

  168. 5-29-2012

    Aimee’s story has touched me deeply. I am happy to hear the good news. She is a remarkable woman for coping so well. My prayers are with Aimee and her family, may God give you the strength to deal with what lies ahead.
    Best wishes from Trinidad, West Indies.

  169. 5-29-2012

    I have been following this story since it first made headlines. Having a daughter of my own, I tried to imagine the scenario… putting my self in Andy’s place, and my daughter in Aimee’s. I know I would find the courage, once staring into the Abyss.. but without facing the challenge, I can only wonder if I would be as brave. Aimee, keep your positive spirit. We are all Copeland’s now…..

  170. 5-29-2012

    I followed your reports every day here in Germany. I am happy that Aimee is going to be better. Few month ago I read the book The Shack: A Novel von William P. Young and find out to explain gods goodness. We could be sure he is going to be with us and hold our hand when the life is worst. I am thinking and praying with you and god bless you all.

  171. 5-29-2012

    Thank you God for answering my prayers for Aimee and her family. I knew you would…on your time. Continuing to pray for Aimee! Hang in there Aimee. God is watching over you.

  172. 5-29-2012

    Copeland Family – so glad that Aimee is doing much better and seems to be on the recovery road.

  173. 5-29-2012

    My initial thought upon reading that Aimee lost all her limbs was that ”I would simply want to die.” However, in reading your experiences I saw something I simply never considered.” It is not about me! My dyeing would deprive my family of the love you all have in walking through this trauma with Amiee”. Thank you for allowing us to live through this with you. You are walking out 2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 2 Corinthians 1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. Someday your writing will be a book and Amiee will add her thoughts. And more people will be comforted and perhaps turn to Christ because of what you share.

  174. 5-29-2012

    My initial thought upon reading that Aimee lost all her limbs was that ”I would simply want to die.” However, in reading your experiences I saw something I simply never considered.” It is not about me! My dyeing would deprive my family of the love you all have in walking through this trauma with Amiee”. Thank you for allowing us to live through this with you. You are walking out 2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 2 Corinthians 1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. Someday your writing will be a book and Amiee will add her thoughts. And more people will be comforted and perhaps turn to Christ because of what you share.

  175. 5-29-2012

    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. May God bless you & watch over your family, stay positive, & know that people are out there from all over wishing the best for Aimee.

    Much Peace & Love from Brockport, NY!!!

    WE <3 AIMEE!!!!

  176. 5-29-2012

    I forgot to add, be sure that there is a chapter at the endof the book which simply contains all of these comments. They will be a blessing as well to the readers who did not have or take opportunity to read them hee.

  177. 5-29-2012

    My heart is in Georgia, though I type this in Oklahoma. Aimee, the Fishers are praying for you!

  178. 5-29-2012

    Praise the Lord! All in God’s timing. Congratulations. Can’t tell you how the news of Aimee’s progress warms my heart and reinforces my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  179. 5-29-2012

    May God Bless her. I am continuing to pray for her … shez a wonderful BRAVE girl and has to see the world .. rather now the WORLD has to see her ! Big hug to the awesome courageous family !!!

  180. 5-29-2012

    God bless your wonderful family! Aimee you are amazing! Every day you will take one step forward and soon you will recover ugly! Great strides head of you but you are very strong! Congrats on the progress kep it up! Prayers and love from litchfield ng the cardinals!

  181. 5-29-2012

    Best Wishes!

  182. 5-29-2012

    Dear Mr Copeland,
    I learned about your daughter’s struggle last week. First of all, I am glad to read that Aimée is getting better every. God blesses her and your family. She is a wonderful and strong young lady and I wish she will recover soon.
    I am writing you from France, where no such case is known so far, except the case of my brother Slimane, 43 years old, who has been in an intensive care unit for almost 9 months now (since 4th September) and for whom the NF diagnosis was confirmed last week only. Sorry my English is not perfect, so I am sending you the message I have just sent to the NNFF President:
    Slimane, my 43 years brother has been in an intensive care unit for almost 9 months now and the necrotizing fasciitis was confirmed only last week by the Doctor thanks to the website searchs done by one of my sisters.

    To summarize this 9 months nightmare, he initially thought he caught a bad flu as he had never caught any before, with very high fever . After 1 week of suffering and consulting a doctor who confirmed the flu he went to the emergency as the pain on his leg was unbearable and he was so weak he could not stand on his legs. The day after he was admitted in the intensive care unit, and placed in an artificial coma during 2 weeks.
    His legs and his left arm turned purple and were getting very swelled, even his face had swelled. He had big bubbles full of blood on his limbs. All his organs were affected, except his brain and his lungs.
    The Doctors tought he had caugth a leptospirosis, a very blistering one, so blistering that they had never experienced it before. They told us he had 5% chance to survive. They thought about a leptospirosis, as during his vacation (late August) he went to a lake in the south of France.
    They gave him so many antibiotics at the same that they could not confirm this diagnosis for sure. He had necrosis on all his limbs, even on his skull (today we are still wondering if he as a necrosis or an eschar on his skull!!.).
    He had a dialisis and a machine to help him breathing.
    Due to an intestinal bleeding he was transfered to a bigger hospital in which part of his necrosis insides were removed. He almost passed away as he lost a huge amount of blood but we had second miracle.
    3 months after his hospitalization, Doctors decided to make a DNA test which confirmed the rare auto-immun disease called behçet (he used to have two main symptoms which are the numerous mouth ulcers and a chronic fatigue since he was a teenage).

    Almost one ago, we could transfer him in a much better hospital located in Paris. There, we were told that behçet cannot be the origin of all this. Then, last week we were confirmed that he has got a NF but the bacteria should not be in his organism anymore, so it would be useless to make other analysis (??!! we do not really understand this and after so many changes of diagnosis, can we be 100% sure?!)
    Today, he still cannot move at all (only his face when he is not too weak), he still needs help to breath so that he cannot speak because of the tracheotomy, his left leg was cut (upper part of his tight). He is still fighting against 3 infections he caught in the previous hospital (staphylococcus, streptococcus in his mouth and “pseudomonase” on his lungs, sorry I could not find the English translation) he has got a colostomy, and ileostomy. April 11th, he had a very important operation for his eschars on his buttocks.

    Today, he is having an operation as he needs a graft on his heel and the heel-bone is damaged. We hope the surgeon could save his leg.

    I am contacting you to testify and to share that with you as we could not find any foundation of NF in France. I could not read yet all the survivors testimonies, but thanks to your experience, i would like to have your opinion on the fact that Doctors think the NF is completly gone despite he still has parts of his skin damaged and that we read that the damaged areas are even more toxic than the NF itself.
    Last week, during our website searches we discoreved the 3 recent cases in US, which are so similar to my brother’s case: Aimée Copeland, Lana Kuykendall and Robert Vaughn. It was a real chock for my family and I to discover he is not the only one struggling against this awful bacteria, but also to see that even though the NF diagnostic was done very early, the consequences are still terrible.

    Thank you for your attention and I hope you could get back to me as soon as you can.

    Mr Copeland, my family and I know understand what Aimée what you are living since 1st May. She is surrounded with love, like my brother, we have to keep on fighting, like they do.

    Kindest regards
    Karima ZELLIT

  183. 5-29-2012

    Hello! God is so good! It’s amazing how he is working through this tragedy! Aimee, you and your family are in our prayers and I know the Lord will use this to His ultimate glory! You are strong and brave, and an example to all of us to be courageous!

    God bless you,
    Mari and family

  184. 5-29-2012

    Amiee is an amazing woman. This is a testament of her parents and your faith. Although I know there will be some days that weill be better and some that will be worse than others, she has such strength to get her through this ordeal.
    Best of luck in the up coming days and weeks ahead. She has an amazing story to share with individuals in the future and her personality will allow her to tell it well and help other people to heal through times of tribulation.

  185. 5-29-2012

    Oh how WONDERFUL!!! I cry every time I read about Aimee! We are all continuing to pray for her and her family. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  186. 5-29-2012

    WONDERFUL News on Aimee …………..SHE’S TALKING!!! I knew God would take care of her & bless her. I said before when you posted you needed prayers for Aimee that the doctors had told you she wouldn’t make it. You can have the greatest doctors around you, but they are not as powerful as God’s touch! I knew from your very first post that she was going to be fine. Everyday that goes by she is getting better & better. God bless all of you. I check on her progress everyday and put your posts on my Facebook page everytime there is a update. I pray for all of you each and everyday. Your posts have become an important part of people’s lives. They love reading of your progress. You are an inspiration to all of us.
    I too think Andy should write a book. Your words speak of such love, devotion, caring, committment and faith toward your family and daughter. I will continue to pray for all of you each and everyday. God bless you!
    Love all of you
    Cheryl
    Clinton, Ia

  187. 5-29-2012

    Aimee my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep your faith in God and believe he answers prayers and I guarantee there is strength in prayer. My son was in the hospital for over 50 days in Los Angeles he was in ICU for over 40 days, so we know what you and your family are going through. Stay strong its difficult but you have shown your strength. My son is undergoing long term therapy and will get back to where he was before his surgery for a rare brain tumor, he survived and you have survived. Both of you have a long road ahead of you and I am confident you will come out a stronger person as my son will. If you could go to his blog firefightercordova.blogspot.com you will understand where I am coming from as my son is dealing with daily issues but through preseverance and prayers he continues to get better on a daily basis and you will too. Stay strong God Bless!!!!!!!!

  188. 5-29-2012

    Praying for Aimee in Fruita, Colorado… Praising the Lord for his goodness!

  189. 5-29-2012

    I sit down everyday to view your Dad’s blog, to see if there are any new updates, So happy for Aimee Day!, I think of you often and pray for you constantly. You are an amazing women and have such a great family. Sending love and prayers from Utah.

  190. 5-29-2012

    God Bless you all!!!! This is WONDERFUL news to hear!!! I have been so worried for Aimee. Thank you ever so much for sharing your wonderful news with us. Thank you for sharing all of Aimee’s ups and downs with us. So many of us carry her in our hearts as well as our minds now. May our Precious Lord continue to heal Aimee and use her life in some way to bring people closer to God and eternal life. Love you all, Bridget

    • 5-29-2012

      Amen to that! ;)

  191. 5-29-2012

    Europe is also praying for the wonderful Copeland Family and for Aimee. Greetings and love to you from Denmark.

    • 5-30-2012

      Anna in Denmark:
      Glad to see greetings and love from as far afield as Costa Rica and Australia. As Hamlet,Prince of Denmark, said to his best friend, Horatio: “There is more between heaven and earth, Horatio, than is dreamt of in thine philosophie.” True, so very true.

  192. 5-29-2012

    Such AMAZING news! Sending many (((HUGS)))and get well wishes from NW Indiana to Aimee! Thank you so much for the blog and for allowing us to share in Aimee’s recovery!
    Dawn and Jake Ryan

  193. 5-29-2012

    Praying for Aimee and for all your beautiful family from San Jose, Costa Rica

  194. 5-29-2012

    what an amazingly beautiful, brave and inspirational person Aimee is. I am sending my thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery from Australia!

  195. 5-29-2012

    Aimee you are a true inspiration to everyone. I have followed your story since the beginning. I wanted to drop off a gift to you while I was in Augusta for my son who was having surgery at Dwight Esinhour, but I know you were very sick and I thought that i will wait and make a donation. I will be saying my prayers for you.

  196. 5-29-2012

    LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED. Great sign. I am so sorry for what you have been thru and will be going thru for awhile. God is good tho & we all thank him for bringing you thru this Aimee. You are such a strong & beautiful young lady so you just keep looking ahead. Your life will be enriched beyond comprehension. You have a wonderful family & friends to stand behind you. PRAYERS & BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY. You know, life is like a book & you never know what awaits you until you turn the next page.
    ALL MY LOVE TO YOU.
    KAREN

  197. 5-29-2012

    Reading about Aimee is almost like reading about myself. I too am 24 years old, I like the Grateful Dead, and I would have been next in line for that zip line had I been there that day! I don’t know her, but I think we’d be friends if I did :) This story has made me very introspective, and I’m really not sure how I would handle a situation like this. I can only hope I’d be as graceful and positive as Aimee. Good luck with your recovery from all the way up in New York!

  198. 5-29-2012

    Glory to God in the highest! I am so happy for you all! My heart leapt when I read this post! Continue to celebrate the victories, no matter how small. It is a long journey, but things will only get better from here!

  199. 5-29-2012

    Happy Aimee Day to all the Copelands! My daughter is 22 and has been an amputee since she was 10. When Aimee is ready, we hope you will check out the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham. It’s an awesome place and she’ll receive support in adapting to her new life. She sounds like a giver, too, and there will be plenty of opportunities for her to support others as she goes along. Sorry if this sounds like a commercial but it really does take a village and they’ve been a big part of ours. Thank you for your witness and continued prayers for Aimee and you all.

  200. 5-29-2012

    Are you seriously losing your mind? My mind is blowing!, she’s beaming from ear to ear!, let’s go for it!. This poor poor girl has a high hip amputation (a horrific condition worse than a standard amputation, go look it up), half of her abdomen is missing, she has no hands and feet and all you can do is spew these ridiculous comments – my mind is blowing? She was totally doped up when she said let’s do it, unable to process deep emotion. State it like it is. It might have been nice to truly think about what Aimee might have wanted. Surprisingly it might not be the same as what daddy wanted. The severe depression she will face is mind-boggling. And you’re telling every intimate detail of her condition to the entire world in graphic detail, even before she fully knows it. It s such a violation of someone’s personal space. Her hands are big purple bags of poison? Hw could you describe your daughter that way to the world? The image is so sickening, and so coldly stated. This poor girl. She is not getting any support from you – you appear more interested in talking about yourself- your haircuts, cracking some jokes. It isn’t about YOU and your being on TV. This is a case study of media attention gone horribly wrong. It will be written about, I can guarantee it. And at some point she will read all the things you have her saying, her beaming from ear to ear, and your graphic descriptions. I myself woud never get over that betrayal of trust. So – good for you. You’re a media darling! Book to follow. Keep the sound bytes coming.

    • 5-29-2012

      I think Aimee’s father knows his daughter a wee bit more then you do Lindy. This is no ordinary girl. This is no ordinary family. She had a gigantic following of people who want to see her survive. What happened to her could happen to any one of us. The girl basically cut her leg and what happened to her after that is almost inconceivable to most people. I am sure she will be 100 percent OK with everything her father has stated on this website. Their love is deep, and I admire him as well as her. Most people would be enraged and full of anger and looking to sue someone. These people are only worried about their daughter and making her well. I am sure she will have every prosthetic known to man, the best of the best. Do I think there will be days where she is inconsolable in the near future? Of course. She is human, I could not even slightly doped up have the same drive for life that she presents. She already knows what has happened to her. I would not do nearly as well with that knowledge. But I do know I would want to live, I just don’t think I would do nearly as well as she will do. She is cut from a different cloth then most people.

    • 5-29-2012

      To all the people who kindly graced me with their response to what I wrote May 28th, read Lindy’s opinion. Lindy said it better than I did. I, too, have found it horribly self-serving of Mr. Copeland to go on these media blitzes, as well as write about his daughter in ways that are truly heartless. While Aimee’s father DOES write loving things about her, he has also betrayed her by telling the world the most personally intimate health-related information concerning his daughter for the world’s insatiable appetite for private information. Where is Aimee’s mother in all this? How does SHE feel about her daughter’s personal medical information being blogged about by her husband to the entire world? WHO, in Aimee’s condition would be LAUGHING and JOKING under these conditions? Give me a break. Mr. Copeland, while I’m sure a decent man, should be ashamed that he has betrayed his daughter during the most horrific event that will ever happen to her. The physical trauma that Aimee is currently going through will, in the end, be nothing compared to the emotional and psychological battle she will undoubtedly endure in years to come. Mr. Copeland needs to stop spending all this time blogging about his daughter — for Aimee’s sake.

      • 5-31-2012

        Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don’t for one second believe this guy is looking for attention on the back of his daughters tragedy. I think that is far from the truth. I think he knows he needed help for his child, needed blood transfusions in her name, needed money to help pay what will be an endless amount of bills. Needs money for the prosthesis she will need so she can try and do something with her life. He is telling her story so that people will give and help her out. No family unless you are insanely rich can take on this burden alone. I commend him for it, and this girl is not the type who is going to drone on endlessly about how she caught a bad break. She will have down times no doubt but my guess is she will become a inspiration and lead as full of a life as anyone could with what happened to her. I know plenty of people double her age who have their health who have not lived 1/10th of the life she has already lived.

    • 5-30-2012

      Well put. My thoughts almost verbatim.

    • 5-30-2012

      So true. This guy is nothing but a God freak and attention junkie using his daughter’s trajedy for his own personal 15 minutes of fame. I have a daughter and if I bragged about her trauma like this she would never look at me the same again. I’ve been very sick in my life as well and the last thing I wanted was my suffering to be out for all the world to see.

    • 5-31-2012

      Lindy King, have you ever had anything like this happen to your child? How do you know what the “norm” is for someone’s behavior?

      I suggest to you that if you don’t like the posts about Aimee, then don’t read them.

    • 6-1-2012

      Lindy,
      You should be ashamed of yourself. Your entitled to your opinion but NOT one word of praise for Aimee. To busy bashing Andy and the family. As a NF survivor, 45 days in a coma & severely deformed & scared (I won’t go into detail because this is about Aimee’s Story not mine.)I can tell you first hand that I was beaming ear to ear. Waking up and knowing your still alive & seeing family gathered round. Had you mentioned Aimee with sincere well wishes I wouldn’t have the need to reply back to your reply. Again, shame on you.
      Kim

  201. 5-29-2012

    God bless you all.
    From São Paulo -Brazil.

  202. 5-29-2012

    Thank you for all your updates. Aimee’s preserverence is awe inspiring! We serve an awesome GOD! Praying for her and your family in Newport,Tn………

  203. 5-29-2012

    SO STINKIN’ EXCITED FOR YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay for Aimee Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Every post I read makes me think that it is Aimee Day; each time she speaks, smiles, jokes, and battles the ‘bad guys’ in her system with dignity, grace, and courage–all of us following your story are celebrating, and I believe all the angels are crying, “Hallelujah!” too :)

    Jesus is surely singing over Aimee with great tenderness, care, affection, and love!!

  204. 5-29-2012

    Our Divine Mercy Prayer Group from Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, in Henderson, NV has been keeping Aimee in our prayers. We are so happy with her progress, and we will continue to keep praying for this beautiful young woman. God has a plan for her.

  205. 5-29-2012

    may the LORD continue to strengthen you, and may Aimee see God’s purpose in all of this, for His glory,
    in Yeshua’s name
    amen

    shalom

  206. 5-29-2012

    So relieved to hear that Aimee is able to talk and joke!! She’s such a beautiful and strong girl, I have a feeling this will be the first of many amazing events on the road to Aimee’s full recovery!

    I will continue to say my prayers for Aimee and the rest of ya’ll! Stay strong.

  207. 5-29-2012

    I have followed this from the start. Thank you Andy for sharing. Aimee is magic. Aimee is an angel. Thank you God for sharing Aimee.

  208. 5-29-2012

    Wow, David McKinley used to be our assistant minister at Prestonwood in Dallas area. He is so good, and what a blessing for you to have him there now. You share your heart beautifully. God bless you and your whole family.

  209. 5-29-2012

    Praying for Aimee & your whole family. May our good Lord wrap His loving arms around all of you.
    God bless You
    from Oklahoma City

  210. 5-29-2012

    I am so happy for Aimee!!!! Congrats!

  211. 5-29-2012

    god bless you aimee..your a strong, inspirational woman…don’t ever forget that!!

    Love, Kristina Peterson, Florida

  212. 5-29-2012

    There are defining moments in everyone’s life where there is a conscious choice; where you have to decide what kind of person you want to be. Sounds like Aimee is one determined, courageous lady!
    Thank you for sharing your journey and your inspiration with all of us!

  213. 5-29-2012

    Aimee is so inspiring!!! I had temporary poralysis in my hand this past year and I was intrigued by the thought that maybe God could use me better with one hand rather than two… and I was actually able to reach out to more people!! So maybe God can use Aimee better this way… I’m from Oklahoma and her story is spreading… God is going to use this to glorify Him!!!! All my prayers and love go out to your family!!!

    Emma
    Tulsa,OK

  214. 5-29-2012

    I would say that it is so fitting that Aimee Day was on Memorial Day!
    Aimee is too a soldier and I believe God let her speak on that day so we all would remember Aimee and her family on Memorial, I know I will. It will be a day of joy filled hearts to remember this young girl who has courage like our soldiers and I know will do many great things for others with her life and her testimony! God Bless You sweet Aimee. May you always feel the arms of the Lord wrap around you!

    • 5-30-2012

      How dare you try to compare the two! You obviously have never been the military. Aimee is not a Soldier, Airman, Marine, or Sailor. She is a gal terribly injured during a recreational activity. No sane military member goes into war or conflict for fun.

  215. 5-29-2012

    Hello Aimee,

    I am sorry for your loss of leg/feet/hands i could not even image.
    I have felt the pain that you are living through almost..
    2 years ago i was bitten by something which in turned caused osteomyelitis and necrotizing fasciitis in my left femur.
    Although I did not loose my leg like you did i had my leg hollowed out 4 times from hip to knee.

    My infection type was streptococcus intermedius.. I don tknow what type of infection was fund in your leg.. but it sound way more painful then mine.

    I was in iuc for like 12 days and was in H for 23 days. I understand your pain and i am very sorry for your pain.

    It was the scariest time of my life…
    I could go on and on about what and how this has affected my life….
    I think the couple of things i have learned about this.

    Dont be scared to die… It will killl you to worry about it.. Do everything to perpare for it as you should have prior to all this happening
    This help put myh mind at ease
    I worried about this for a year after all my stuff happened… My Wife almost killed me because of it.

    Dont hold back your emotions and feelings it will only make things worse..
    It is great that you have a good outlook here… Which is a great thing… Make sure that you give time to cry and talk… It is needed to heal also.

    You have my email if you would like to talk more… I would love to talk more.

    Chris

  216. 5-29-2012

    Aimee is a brave and inspirational young lady. My family is also from Carrollton, GA. We are all praying for Aimee. Thank you so much for keeping us updated on Aimee! God is GREAT! Sending Aimee Love, Hugs, and Prayers!

    God Bless,
    Krista, Debbie, and Leland Hughes

  217. 5-29-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s story and praying for her and your family. I am thrilled and so happy at her progress. God is good!

    Thank you Andy for pointing us up to our Heavenly Father and sharing how He is working through Aimee and your family. What a privilege and honor it is to read your blog.

    God bless Aimee and your family!

  218. 5-29-2012

    God Bless and keep up the greattttt progress. A nation’s prayers are with you!!!! Love Mike&Deb

  219. 5-29-2012

    I just put May 27th as a perpetual Aimee Day in my Outlook calender. I have been so touched and inspired by Aimee’s story and the grace in which the family is handling her recovery. I want to be reminder (at least) once a year of how quickly things can change, to not take the simple things for granted and when things are tough to handle it with grace and acceptance.

    Andy, thank you so much for sharing Aimee’s story – you are an excellent writer! I agree with an earlier post, if you are not in the writing field, you should consider it.

    Praying daily in Kennesaw! God is good – All The Time!

  220. 5-29-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s story since her accident was first reported. Thank you so much for publishing this blog so we can all keep up with her progress. She has become part of so many lives, and has become an inspiration without even trying! Thank you so much and we’ll keep praying for her miraculous recovery to continue!!
    From Rhode Island :)

  221. 5-29-2012

    Aimee has all my prayers!! Love from Jacksonville Florida is with you.

  222. 5-29-2012

    Andy,
    You are being so brave for Aimee! She remains in my prayer.

    Mather, Pennsylvania

  223. 5-29-2012

    I love the spirit of your girl. She is a beautiful person.

  224. 5-29-2012

    I am so very happy for all of you. I have not had the courage to read very much about your daughter, usually just the headline. When I saw that she had spoken I knew this was a milestone. I had no idea you had been writing a blog and followed the link from the news story.
    I have a 23 year old son who was injured in a fire just a year and ten months ago. It was devastating at the time. We have come so far since but reading your blog brought me right back to 2010. We had those exact feelings of elation when small milestones were reached. I can remember my son’s first words, “Where’s my Passport?” He was four days away from a five month study abroad in France. It was a defining moment. He was burned and broken from jumping three stories, but he just kept working towards the goal of freedom from the bed, the hospitals and getting back to living. He was driven and it sounds like Aimee is too. Our son did not lose limb but he has some disfigurement that he’s had to overcome and some physical limitations from a broken back and feet. But, he lived! And with some good healthcare professionals that we had to learn to trust which wasn’t always easy, he has flourished. I bet Aimee will too. Sounds like She is a fighter and if she can hold up her arms and make a little joke then she is going to be okay. You should take a Look at the response from Cindy who had some kind of childhood accident. She has given some good emotional advice. The one thing that our son has expressed is how the support of the family and being realistic has made all the difference in his recovery. We will keep all of you in our prayers and an extra one for Aimee. I am so very happy that you have had this fabulous day! Stay Strong all of you!

  225. 5-29-2012

    Way to go Aimee! Woot, Woot, Woot! Prayers and thinking of you from Baltimore Maryland :)

  226. 5-29-2012

    We are so excited to hear this wonderful news!!
    Blessings and Prayers from Tucson, Arizona

  227. 5-29-2012

    Aimee, you are in our Lord’s hands! He is in control! Many blessings for you and your loving family!

  228. 5-29-2012

    God Bless our family and Aimee !! Prayers continue from Cleveland,Ohio.
    When you talked about wildlife work with amputees it reminded me of Joni and friends. joniandfriends.org/family-retreats/ . I know people who have benifitted from that minisrty, their son was wheelchair relient they talked highly of the camp and what it has done for their son, and family. They hold fundraisers for that camp, had the last one just last weekend. Joni had a diving accident as a teen and lost the use of her limbs…yet she blessed so many through her experience. I know your daughter will be blessed and bless many with her experience. She seems to be a very strong woman blessed with strength, determination, and humor…great qualities from the Lord !
    Thank you for blogging, letting your prayer needs be known to us…I will be praying.

  229. 5-29-2012

    God bless you all! Praying for Aimee from San Jose, Costa Rica

  230. 5-29-2012

    Wow! She sounds like such an amazing girl…With the attitude she is showing after all the things shes been going through.Joking and sounding so amazed of life after facing the obsticals she has to face.I’M sure she’ll beat it all…What amazing strength you all are showing. Your all in my thoughts and prayers…Congrats with AMIEE DAY!!!!

  231. 5-29-2012

    I think of Aimee every day and pray for her and your family. My heart goes out to you all.

  232. 5-29-2012

    This is the first time ive read your blog. i went back and read every single blog post. it is so interesting and inspiring. i cant believe this happened. ive never heard of something like this happening. this is one of the scariest and saddest things ever. i hope Aimee heals from this as best as she can and wish her all the best. i am glad for Aimee Day. : (

  233. 5-29-2012

    Yeah………….. Rock on Aimee. I know your feeling like a million bucks. Your talking :) I know you want to say and do so many things in spite of it all. It’s frustrating to not be able to stay awake. Your on your way. Unfortunately it all takes time. Although, your mind and spirit are ready to move on and deal, your body is dictating rest. God bless you. I am so happy to hear your able to communicate with your family. I think of you daily and remember my days of recovery. Big hugs!
    Kim King
    USA – NY

  234. 5-29-2012

    What an amazing journal and an amazing tribute to the strength of love and the human heart. You, Aimee and Andy, are both amazing people and I send you unconditional love and light for you both to use as you so choose as well as the rest of your dear family. You are incredible teachers of love and the human spirit. There are no words to express the lessons you are teaching the world and the universe in your experience and challenges that life has set in your path. None is for no reason. God Bless. Know that the world and the Universe is here for you always. Peace and Love. You are the Ripple (Grateful Dead).

  235. 5-29-2012

    As a person who survived N.F. in January, my heart goes out Aimee. This is far more common than most people know. I luckily ended up with no amputations, but I did spend over a month in two different hospitals, endured multiple surgeries over 4 month. This is a terrible thing that can rip a person, and their families apart. Thank you for putting story out for everyone.

  236. 5-29-2012

    God Bless you all. What an inspiration Aimee is to all of us. She and her family will be a part of my life forever! Love, Sally

  237. 5-29-2012

    Aimee –
    This is just a journey that you (my friend) will get through… you are one tough cookie but I have faith that you will conquer … the hard is over and now that you know… you just gotta keep fighting and stay strong, I dont know you but I love you and I continue to pray for you… I love your spirit – it makes me strong…

    You will get through this!

  238. 5-29-2012

    We are praying for our sister Aimee that the Lord causes her salvation to blaze and for continued peace for the family. XOXO We wish her all the Love in Christ!

    Isaiah 62:1
    For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
    for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
    till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
    her salvation like a blazing torch.

  239. 5-29-2012

    Dear Copeland family:

    My heart goes out to Aimee and to all the family. NF is an unpredictable, frightening disease. My husband got NF from a scratch he received on his shin from a ladder. He ultimately had 16 surgeries within a 5 month period, had an above the knee amputation, and had every organ in his body fail. However, with the help of all the doctors and those amazing nurses, he was able to pull through. But I have to tell you the rollercoaster ride was wild! You sometimes feel so good taking one step forward then you unexpectantly take two steps back. I journaled the entire experience through the course of the journey. Aimee sounds like she is such a strong willed young woman, filled with determination. That is so important. Keep her spirits high with all the love and support you are giving her. Unfortunately my husband passed away a year and a half later from two strokes. I believe all the trauma his body endured and all of the high doses of medicine played a huge toll on his body. My heart goes out to you and your family. Wishing you all the very best outcome for Aimee!

  240. 5-29-2012

    God Bless you all! I admire the courage that you all have expressed through this! I will be praying for your family! May God hold Aimee in his arms and rock her back to health

  241. 5-29-2012

    I will always remember May 27 because exactly one year ago to the day I woke up from a surgery that was supposed to be a mastectomy with reconstruction. I had problems with the anesthesia and was having trouble breathing during the surgery. The reconstruction didn’t happen. This was supposed to be outpatient surgery and I ended up spending a week in the hospital and returned for another week in the next month because I developed a pleural effusion in my lungs. Because of the cancer treatments, it was December before I could get the actual reconstruction done. It is hard to wake up “different” from the way you were. But I’m still here one year later and doing well. I wish I had the support system that Aimee has. I’m a single mother of 2. I have insurance, but still owe thousands of dollars and am having trouble finding a job (I was laid off). I guess what I’m trying to say is Aimee, like me will have ups and downs and I will think of her now every May 27. I think I’ll rename the day Aimee and Sheila’s Day if that’s ok with Aimee!

  242. 5-29-2012

    Aimee’s story is truly an awesome testament of the power of God. When situations look impossible to man, the unlimitless possiblities of a Great God manifests. Aimee’s life is one of inspiration. Her strength demonstrates the power of love and unity within a family. I know this journey is not always easy, but God’s grace is truly sufficient and his strength is made perfect during times of weakness. May God continue to manifest his healing power and wrap Aimee and your family in his loving arms.

  243. 5-29-2012

    Just love hearing that Aimee is getting better each day. Andy, you have such love for your family, and I am so impressed by the faith and strength that you have. You are a wonderful writer, too, and express yourself very well. Our thoughts and prayers continue with Aimee!!

  244. 5-30-2012

    May God bless Aimee and the Copeland family. I just know that they will find love and support of those around them.

  245. 5-30-2012

    My friends and I have been following Aimee’s progress through poatings on my Facebook page. Lots of prayers and hours of reading and hoping and sharing with my friends. So glad to hear that Aimee is recovering. She has a long way to go, but your love and faith is strong. Wish I could do more than pray. Blessings and love to you all.

    Alynn Mahle, near Cleveland, Ohio

  246. 5-30-2012

    Aimee is an inspiring and strong woman. With such caring and supportive family, she will continue to be healthier everyday!

  247. 5-30-2012

    I have read about Aimee on one of the Polish web portals. I am so sorry to hear about all the pain she must suffer. I am only a year older than she is. All I can do is pray for her, and for you. I do believe in miracles. Five years ago, being almost 20, within 3 months I lost the ability to move my legs and hands. I spent my days lying in bed, because I could not get up, and when I touched things, I didn’t feel them at all. I couldn’t hold a cup of tea on my own, because my hands were shaking. I was diagnosed with cancer (thymoma). Doctors could not explain, however, how is was possible that the nerves in my body began to disintegrate. After the surgery (the thymoma was removed) they said that perhaps in five, maybe 6 years I will begin to feel things when I touch them. They were wrong. I began to feel after two months. Two years passed and I began to learn to walk again. Doctors say it’s a mircale, and I do believe it is. With my parent’s help, I managed to finish my studies at university and got the MA degree. I still use the wheelchair outside, but at home I try to walk. I believe that God gives us what we need, only that we don’t always understand we do. Please give a hug to Aimee.

    Greetings from Poland.

  248. 5-30-2012

    To Aimee and the entire Copeland Family,

    You are an inspiration to all of us. Me and my entire family marvel at the courage and stregnth Aimee – and the entire family has maintained through these trials and tribulations that are upon yall now. Happy Aimee day!!!!

  249. 5-30-2012

    Hi,
    It’ll not be a long message, but still, i’d like to say that i’m ur big fan. I won’t stop believing that u gonna lose ur sickness.
    Greetings from Poland, Zambrów.

    I know that u don’t even know where’s Zambrow, but be sure that even there is one more person who supports u!

    Greets, hugs, peace, S?o?ce.
    Fabian

  250. 5-30-2012

    Prayers to all. Aimee is a very strong person and has strong family love and support. Things will work out.
    From the Big Island of Hawaii.

  251. 5-30-2012

    I wish you all the best! God bless you from Germany!

  252. 5-30-2012

    Miraculous and inspiring.

  253. 5-30-2012

    Hello Aimee,
    Your story (through your father’s eyes) is amazing in itself. I too have a friend that had the flesh eating disease and I know if you want to talk to him he would love to share his thoughts and prayers. (he too has so much faith in the Lord) You will continue to be in my prayers and I hope your father continues to post your progress.
    xoxo Karen

  254. 5-30-2012

    Thinking of Aimee often, and keeping your whole family in my prayers upon every remembrance.

  255. 5-30-2012

    Happy Aimee Day! Your whole family is an inspiration to all.

  256. 5-30-2012

    I too will celebrate Aimee Day on May 27th, her story is absolutely inspiring. She remains in my thoughts and prayers, but it makes me happy to see how strong she has been!

  257. 5-30-2012

    PRAISE THE LORD , God Bless you all

  258. 5-30-2012

    Praise the Lord ,God Bless You All

  259. 5-30-2012

    Our Prayers our with you and your family. The Lucas family. California, MD.

  260. 5-30-2012

    Prayers going up in Danielsville, Ga

  261. 5-30-2012

    To Aimee from a fellow Amy: God is good! Prayers for continued recovery & strength are being sent from Columbus, OH.

  262. 5-30-2012

    Praise the Lord for his many blessing. I am so happy you and your family had a relationship with the Lord before this terrible tragedy occured, and continue to lean on him. I cannot even image going through something this scary without him. For anyone who doesn’t know him, get too! He is in control and will carry us through anything this old world can toss our way, and if for some reason we don’t make it here, there is a much better place waiting for us and all who believe in him.

    Aimee, keep up your determination and humor, attitude is alot in healing. You have the prayers world-over lifting you and your family up, and a very loving family. You are truly a miracle.
    Love and prayers from Georgia continue…

  263. 5-30-2012

    Isn’t God great? Isn’t He great to give this poor girl a disease that causes her to lose her leg and hands so that she can be an inspiration to us all? God is great!

  264. 5-30-2012

    Praying for Aimee every day!! From Selden, NY <3

  265. 5-30-2012

    Aimee’s story and your family’s strength is an inspiration to all of us. You are all in my prayers and I know God will do the right thing for Aimee. He loves her and will protect her at all times, no matter what she’s going thru. He will give her the strength she needs to go on. They are a team. God be with you all, as I know he is and continue with your hope and faith in God that all will be well with thee. Your in my thoughts and prayers!!!? .?.•*¨`* ?.•
    ´*.¸.•´?

  266. 5-30-2012

    My calendar will have the date saved as Aimee Day. I am so happy to hear of your success..keep holding on!

  267. 5-30-2012

    To exterminate this bacterium, it is necessary that a therapist of biomagnetic pair impact the following pairs:

    blind (Ciego – between inguinal nerve and ascending colon) – opposite site (Contra-ciego) – 30,000 Gauss
    sternocleidomastoid – sternocleidomastoid – 12,000 Gauss
    cerebellum – cerebellum – 12,000 Gauss
    Tail of Pancreas – descending colon – 12,000 Gauss

    I hope you do it soon and she gets to be fine.

    Regards,
    Marina

  268. 5-30-2012

    Dearest Andy,
    I know of something that will help bring down Aimee’s lactic acid levels safely and quickly. Please go to MRSA30day.com
    The product is called pHenomenal and it’s a high alkaline (11.5pH) concentrate which is hydroxide (OH). Hydroxide is water that’s missing a hydrogen. When you mix pHenomenal with distilled water and drink it, it searches for hydrogen, which is acid, in the blood, and turns back to water again and you urinate it out. I have been praying for Aimee and by the grace of God, I found this blog of yours. Please don’t delay, read all you can. This WILL help her, it will take her out of sepsis so her own immune system can fight the infection. Please call me or email me with questions. I too had a horrible bacterial infection and this helped me heal, as well as 1000′s of others with similar infections.

    Love to you and your dear Aimee,

    Diane Smith (651)415-1668 dianesmith204@hotmail.com

  269. 5-30-2012

    Thank you for sharing Aimees story and progress with all of us, she and your family have captured our hearts. There is a TV in my office that sits right behind me that plays CNN though out the day. There are always updates on Aimee and each time I cannot help but get choked up and teary eyed. Im filled with both joy and sadness, but mostly awe. Such a strong woman Aimee is, and those words dont even do her justice. Its incredible how attached you can become to a family you have never met. I cannot begin to imagine what you all are going through and to all the while keep this infectious attitude is so very touching and inspiring. To me Amiee and your family are the true definition of strengh. Thank you for being you Aimee. YAY AIMEE!!!!! We’re all thinking of you!

    Prayers and Love from NY

  270. 5-30-2012

    Dear Aimee,

    When I read the story of your ordeal, I honestly can say without hesitation, it is the most courageous and touching story that has ever touch my heart and soul! I am amazed at your positive and courageous attitude and the love you share with your family, you have been truly blessed and touched by the hand of God! I believe that; I know there will be times you will question why this happened, and why it was you! But you have been put into this situation for a very special reason, you are going to do wonderful things in your life, this path God has chosen and has set you apart from others and that is amazing. I will continue to follow your recovery and although I don’t know you personally, I hope you can feel the love from myself, my family and the wonderful folks all over the world praying for you and quick recovery. You are a true inspiration!!!

  271. 5-30-2012

    Hola Aimee,

    Espero que te mejores pronto, y lamento mucho por la pérdida de tus manos y pies. Ten mucha en fé en Dios, el te ayudará y te dará las fuerzas necesarias para salir adelante.

    Andy

    • 6-3-2012

      Hi all! :)

      I just did a translation of this in Google, this is what Andy said in Spanish to English:

      “I hope you get better soon, and sorry for the loss of your hands and feet. Be great in faith in God, help you and give you the strength to cope.”

      Very nice and supportive gentleman! :)

  272. 5-30-2012

    Praying for Aimee from Denver, CO.

  273. 5-30-2012

    Wow! What a great example of family, faith, love and dedication you have given the world. I sat and read your blog for the first time today and am in awe at Aimee’s strength! You definitely have our prayers (from Utah) for Aimee and family as well as the doctors and nurses who care for her.

  274. 5-30-2012

    Dear Andy,

    Thank you so much for sharing Aimee’s amazing story with us. Your entire family is an inspiration to me. I hope and pray for Aimee’s sppedy recovery. She’s very lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive and strong family.

    God bless.

    Jasmine from Israel

  275. 5-30-2012

    Praying for Aimee from your neighbors in Conyers, GA.

    What a beautiful and inspirational daughter you have, Mr. Copeland. I am in complete awe at how strong your family is. We all appreciate you taking the time to update the world on Aimee’s miraculous progression. And I have to add that you are an amazing writer! I am glued to your blogs whenever you write. You have a gift!!

    Aimee will continue to be in our prayers all around the world. You are not alone.

    • 6-3-2012

      Ditto! :) Love your writing and strength Mr. Copeland – please keep sharing your feelings, updates and love to all of us. We do appreciate it!

      Cheers to Aimee for her recovery! :) I think about you and pray for you all everyday.

      Keep it up, please.

  276. 5-30-2012

    My mother passed away earlier this year at the age of 90. As a young person she always told me everything happens for a reason. Amy is was not your time. God has big plans for you. I believe with all my heart you have an amazing future ahead of you. You are going to help alot of people and be an inspiration to the world.
    Peace and Love Amy!!

  277. 5-30-2012

    I wish your family the best. You seem to be dealing with everything in the best way possible. I have been following this story from day 1. I am from Trinidad, West Indies and a few days before Aimee’s accident I did ziplining in Barbados (my first time – had I read this article before I might think twice about doing it)I’m glad I am ok…I am soon to be pursuing my MBA- These are things Aimee’s already doing and accomplishing and she has the best spirit about it and about life. I will continue reading for her updates. This is heartbreaking but I do hope Aimee gets everything to make her life as comfortable as can be.

  278. 5-30-2012

    HOORAY for Aimee!!!!!! Her attitude will inspire others. Please keep posting we are all interested! I check it everyday. Prayers to all.

  279. 5-30-2012

    What a wonderful day for you Aimee and your family. I have been following your story and praying for you everyday. What an inspiration you are to everyone and a reminder for us all of the strength of love, prayer and family. I will continue to pray for all of you. Looking forward to hearing of more progress with each day of your recovery. Thinking of you from Lorain, Ohio.

  280. 5-30-2012

    Wow, I don’t really know what to say other than telling you (Aimee) what an incredible woman you are and how inspired I am by hearing about the way you are handling this new life situation. I’m really proud of you and I realize that I have absolutely nothing to do with your bravery and “incredibleness” (though I can take credit for making up this new word – incredibleness…you can use it if you like since you are the inspiration for it. ;-) ). Keep moving forward…your life is already such an inspiration – we watch and pray as you continue on the road to recovery and we await as we know that you, Aimee Copeland, will inspire throughout your entire life. Lots of love to you (from an American living in France). Love, Laura P.S. Your family rocks, too!

  281. 5-30-2012

    Praising the Lord with you! Thanks so much for sharing throughout this journey. You are all a great inspiration. May 27 happens to be my son’s (Sam) b-day. He turned 8 this year. I will always remember it as Aimee Day too.

  282. 5-30-2012

    Aimee;

    Amazing, God is amazing and He is proving just how much through you and your miraculous recovery.

    Four years ago a dear friend of mine I’ve known for some 25+years became very sick with Sepsis while pregnant with her 2nd child. I would love for you to know her story and know that in this trying time you, like Carol are the doorstep of a new journey.

    As my friend Carol is, you are young, beautiful and obviously full of spirit and determination. Carol’s story was recently featured in the January edition of Self magazine. I hope your family will read it and tell you about her.

    Her husband’s blog can be found at sccsdecker.blogspot.com and the Self article is at http://www.self.com/health/2012/01/saving-carol-decker?fb_ref=social_fblike&fb_source=profile_oneline

    For Carol, four years later and on her new journey, her husband and her have carved out an amazing future for herself and her family. Now with two prosthetic legs and missing her left hand and right ring finger as well as her sight she navigates life with the same fun-loving personality she always had, only with a slightly different perspective.

    She is definitely someone full of inspiration and each time I think of how far she has come I am in amazement. God is good, He is always good and He loves us. That is why His plans for us are always better than anything we could ever plan for ourselves. I am so excited for you to discover your new future. I pray you take it on with great fervor and love.

    Prayers, happy blessings and may Godspeed you to a swift recovery!

    Much love, KariAnne in Washington State

  283. 5-30-2012

    I have been following the progress of Aimee on various news sites and just now discovered your blog. I am in awe of your daughter’s strength, resilience, courage and faith. It reminds me of my favorite verse, Isaiah 41:10:

    fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    God bless you and your family.

  284. 5-30-2012

    hola!!!… lei sobre tu caso… quede impactado… de la fuerza que tienes para salir adelante. te admiro mucho, eres una mujer fuerte, digna de admirar. sigue asi, saludos de chile!

    Pd: Eres hermosa =)

    • 6-3-2012

      This gentleman says in Spanish, “hello! … I read about your case … I was stunned … force you to succeed. I admire you, you’re a strong woman to admire. Keep it up, greetings from chile! PS: You are beautiful =) ”

      So nice and very true! :)

  285. 5-30-2012

    I just learned about Aimee’s accident from a friend. I read Andy’s blog and continuously had the same thought WOW. You guys define family perfectly. We will pray for your beautiful daughter’s recovery. Thank you for sharing : )

  286. 5-30-2012

    My family and I continue to pray for your sweet daughter. The Memorial Day Weekend Miracle was welcome news in New Jersey!

  287. 5-30-2012

    Hi there,, Mr. Copeland. I first read about Aimiee on the msn website. It really touched my heart and continues too. You have a strong faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, as I do, and I will pray for Aimiee. I am a 49 yr old wife and mother. I live in Michigan. I would like to know how I could go about trying to raise money, or do something that would be helpful to Aimiee and/or your family. Please reply, and I will spread the word to my praying friends, and our hope, is that she will get stronger every day.

  288. 5-30-2012

    Hello Copeland Family,

    I cannot imagine what you all are going through right now. When I read the story about Aimee, I was moved to tears. I am wishing Aimee the best of luck and that her condition continues to improve. She’s so young and I cannot imagine as a parent or sibling the emotions you are dealing with right now. It is great however that you have your faith.

    I work for a large orthotic & prosthetic company based in NY and have seen first hand what the difference prosthetics can make for people who are amputees. I spoke to my father, who is one of the owners of the company and he he has offered to help your family should you need / want help. Please contact me directly via e-mail. I know this is trying time, so feel free to contact me at any time.

    Thank you,
    VB

  289. 5-30-2012

    STILL PRAYING IN ALABAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  290. 5-31-2012

    God bless you and your family. I wish nothing but the best for you and your recovery. I appreciate you reminding me with your positive words through a tough situation not to worry about the little things or the bad days. Everything will be ok! You and your family are top notch examples of strength, value, and preseverance! I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jody
    Columbus, Ga

    Oh, I almost forgot….
    HAPPY AIMEE DAY!!!!!

  291. 5-31-2012

    Today has been my first day of learning about Aimee! Although I am saddened to hear about such a tragic accident, I am also very privilege to learn of your family and Aimee. Reading about your faith, love, hope, and support has made me stop and take a few steps out of the box to realIze the things I do not notice, the things I tend to shrug away, and the things that are right in front of me but don’t take the time to acknowledge them. I can admit that I am one to often take my life and the people and things in it for granted. I am human and there are times where I find myself being reminded of how fortunate I am. Thank you Copeland family for doing that for me today! I have read Andy’s Blog over and over and over again in the short 8 hours that I have know of Aimee’s story! Your family is beautiful and Aimee is AH-MAZING!! She has touched my heart and your family has built my faith! I will continue to pray for Aimee and your family! Aimee, your courage, strength, motivation, positive outlook, and heart is bigger than you know, bigger than anyone I personally know! You’re a living miracle! Much love! xoxo

  292. 5-31-2012

    Dear Aimee and Family,

    My heart has been with you since I first learned about your courageous battle. I have a 24 year old daughter who graduated with her Master’s degree in MFT last week. As I sat there so proud of her accomplishment I also felt proud of yours Aimee. You are a beautiful young woman who is close to my heart. I send you my love and support. I send your family hugs and compassion. What a gift you are to your family, to your friends, your community and the world. I follow your healing and I cheer with every step along the way. You have made a difference in my life forever, my heart aches and smiles all at the same time. Thank you and your family for reminding us all about what is truly important. Life. Faith. Family. Courage. A sense of humor. LOVE.

    With much love and tons of prayers,
    Stephanie

  293. 5-31-2012

    I am a Georgia native and have been following the story since the start. I am a mother of 4 and step-mom to 3 so, this could be me. Your strength & faith are amazing. You are an inspiration to all. I will buy the book as soon as you write it.(lol) You write so well and have so much to offer others why not? I wish you the best and look forward to the updates of faith, healing and love.

  294. 5-31-2012

    Aimee,

    I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and praying for you daily. You are such a courageous young woman!! I don’t know if I would have your courage if I were faced with such adversity. You are an inspiration to me. I pray that you’ll maintain your wonderful, positive outlook and that your body will heal and become stronger each day.

    God bless you!

    Laura

  295. 5-31-2012

    Aimee,
    You continue to inspire the fight in all of us to be strong in the face of adversity. God has a purpose for you. Take heart in knowing that His plan includes the blessed assurance that all things will be made new. I don’t think it will be long at all before our King arrives to fulfill that promise. In the mean time I’m keeping you in my prayers : )

  296. 5-31-2012

    Dear Aimee, I know you do not know me, but I went through the same circumstances that you are going through. I would love to come and visit you and pray with you. I would like to be your friend and be there if you need someone to chat with. I am so proud you have God in your life, it is so much more comforting that way. I will be driving from Florida and I know you probably have so many that want to come see you. Nonetheless, my church will be in constant prayer for you and we hope you have a very speedy recovery given the options you have. I hope you were able to read the letter I sent two weeks ago. We love you and we hope you respond to us.
    Thank you,
    Charlie odom…

  297. 5-31-2012

    All of our thoughts and prayers are with you Aimee and the Copeland family! I feel that God has placed this obsticle in your life not as punishment, but as a building block! What I am trying to say is…God said, He would never place anything on our life that we, His child cannot handle. This story of Aimee’s journey has reminded me of the movie “Soul Surfer”. She took a shark attack to the fullest level with her surfing. She made a tragedy into triumph!! So can Aimee and the WHOLE Copeland family. I know that there will be ups and downs but remember that God is with you through all of your journey and He wants you to call on Him. From Dunlap, Tn…Keep fighting…you WILL come out victorious!!!!!!

  298. 5-31-2012

    Dear Aimee
    The world is with you,
    you are amazing!!!!!
    I send you a Big hug from Mexico,
    and all my love.

  299. 5-31-2012

    I did not personally know Aimee but I just graduated from UWG in April and I am so proud of her. She has come so far and to be a part of her family as UWG students is such an honor and a blessing. Thank you for sharing these stories. She is truly an inspiration.

  300. 5-31-2012

    This story is heartwrenching, inspiring, and amazing, all at the same time. I have been captivated by these updates, and am wishing Aimee the speediest of recoveries, and well wishes to your whole family. I am so impressed by the strength that you all seem to have, particularly Aimee – stay strong girl!

  301. 5-31-2012

    Aimee keep on fighting!, you are a brave girl and God will send you more courage each time to make you stronger. Put your Pain in Him he will be glad to receive it, because he loves Us more than we can imagine. Keep your Faith high in the Lord and you´ll see he never disappoints us. You are in my prayers.
    Greetings from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

  302. 5-31-2012

    Praying that Aimee continues to do well! This is such wonderful news!

  303. 5-31-2012

    On February 26, 2012 my beautiful 25 year old daughter was fighting for her life. Six chest tubes, ventilator, high fever, and in a paralytic state for 8 weeks. My daughter was diagnosed after 3 days in the hospital with Type A Strep Bacterial infection.The Doctors are calling my daughter a miracle and so are we as a family.Each minute of the day as you describe your feelings and prayers from all is exactly what I have journaled in my baby girls book. My baby girl is alive as your daughter is. Due to no blood circulation to her feet and toes my baby girl as of May 4, 2012 is blessed to have part of her feet and will need prosthetics. My baby girl is recovering as your daughter is today. God is BIG and thank God for all the prayers being answered for your Daughter and my Daughter.

  304. 5-31-2012

    “Aimee Day” is on my calendar!!! So happy for your family!!! So appropriate that you were praising God when Aimee spoke her first words! He says, “In everything you do, put God first….”. There are no coincidences with God!!!!! She is such an inspiration to so many!!!! Thank you for sharing Aimee’s progress with us! We hold your family in prayer as you walk this journey! God bless you! Kelley. :)

  305. 5-31-2012

    My father recently fought this terrible disease so I can relate to the heartache you are all going through, sending my thoughts and prayers your way and wishing Aimme a fast and healthy recovery!
    Nina Ford

  306. 5-31-2012

    Amy hang in there girlie. My husband was in a motorcycle accident lost his lower left leg but I have to say he is taking it very well and reading your story just inspires us even more. Before you know it you will be doing the same things as you was doing before and faster as the doctors say. We are lifting you up God has a plan for us all and he will take care of you. Your new path has opened up and look how many people are inspired by YOU!!!!!!!!!! The best feeling in the world other to be in inspired :) have a awesome day and keep your head up , keep on smiling & have faith cause thats all we have in life

  307. 5-31-2012

    I amazed at the strength that Aimee has. She is so brave and such a courageous young woman. Keep on fighting and believing in your faith. God will pull you through this. It is great to have the support of a loving family that is there for you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I am pulling for you every step of the way!! God Bless you! Amy Bel Air, MD

  308. 5-31-2012

    I’ve been checking sites for artificial limbs. Quadruple amputees aren’t as rare as I thought. I saw a film of a woman with an entire leg amputated who learned to walk with an artificial one without a limp. I saw hands that can close their fingers, including a really classy black shiny hand with a large silver ring. How cool is that for a teenager. She’ll do fine.

  309. 5-31-2012

    It truly is a miracle that Aimee has survived such a tremendous ordeal. But what’s more of a miracle is the preservation of Aimee’s incredible spirit. There is some kind of undying light in her that I don’t quite understand but am incredibly in awe of. I am also a young lady – 25 years old, born and raised in Arizona… and her story has touched me.

    All I can say is I look up to her, and hope that one day, I can be more like her. In spite of what has happened, she keeps going. Not only does she keep going but she is positive, hopeful, dedicated, funny, amazing — herself. She is full of love, appreciation, and life.

    Her light is shining so bright it’s reaching me here in Arizona, and I will keep it with me as I go along in my own life.

    Thank you Andy for sharing your amazing daughter with the world. I will continue to follow your blog and Aimee’s progress, and wish only the best for you and your wonderful family.

  310. 5-31-2012

    Aimee Day (May 27th) also happens to be my birthday (and I am Amy, too)! Now that day will always be special to me for an additional reason. Every year I will say a prayer of thanks for your Aimee regaining her voice and I will consider it a gift.
    Your family deserves every blessing; thank you so much for sharing your and Aimee’s journey down this difficult road. Your amazing faith, strength, and love as a family is incredibly inspiring!
    God bless

  311. 5-31-2012

    I have had Aimee in my prayers since I heard of this situation. I can’t begin to tell you what an inspirational icon she has become in this country. Not only is God moving in your life, He is moving in many of ours, as we observe this amazing transition that Aimee is making with an attitude that is nothing short of astonishing. God has plans for us all, and it is apparent that Aimee is God’s glorious way of reminding us that through Him, all things are possible. May God continue to bless your family, bring you comfort, joy, hope, faith, and peace. And please, extend my everlasting gratitude to your beautiful daughter for being God’s instrument, and showing us as a living testament that faith in the Lord overcomes all obstacles. She’s America’s daughter now… we all love and pray for her. I doubt there’s anyone in the country that wouldn’t give the shirt off our backs to help her in any way.

  312. 6-1-2012

    I’ve just come across your blog and I’ve read every post you’ve made. Aimee is such an inspirational young lady to say the least.
    I am praying for your entire family!!!! I can’t wait to see your next post. :)
    ((hugs)) from Trenton, Florida

  313. 6-1-2012

    Dear Aimee:

    Sorry, my english is very vad º-º I send you all my strength to you and your family, all the energy and encouragement to succeed in this battle. I don’t know you in person but deeply moved me your story, and I feel you are very strong and brave and I admire you for that :) really! I love you for your fighting spirit :D Please never give up hope and continues to love life above everything. Believe in your heart: God is there with you.

    Un abrazo grande desde la Patagonia!!

  314. 6-1-2012

    I agree: Hurtful as a few of the entries are, it warms our hearts to see this global outpouring of love, compassion and concern for the remarkable Copeland Family. God has a plan, and God tests us to try us.
    Anna in Denmark

  315. 6-1-2012

    Aimee is a very strong and inspirational young lady! Many prayers for Aimee and her family. May God always keep Aimee and her family in His Care and shower many blessings on you. Aimee is America’s sweetheart. Wishing Aimee a speedy recovery.

  316. 6-1-2012

    Dear Aimee,
    You have redefined the word inspiration and you have taken it to an incomprehensible level. I cannot put into words what I have learned from you and how much more I value the truly important things in this life.
    Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family.

  317. 6-1-2012

    Probablemente la terapia de Biomagnetismo Médico pueda sanar a Aimee, ya que destruye el código genético de Virus, Bacterias, Hongos y Parásitos.
    biomagnetismo.biz/index.html
    Si lo desean, puedo ayudarles a encontrar un médico que aplique la terpía a Aimee

  318. 6-1-2012

    I am around Aimee’s age and she is such an inspiration!! I have been following her story and praying for her. She is a reminder of God’s miracles. I am so happy for her strides in health and pray for continued healing. I will continue to pray for her recovery and for the new life and the plans that the Lord has for her.

    Elena

  319. 6-1-2012

    Amy,

    Aimee,

    Your spirit of faith and positive attitude have touched many. You are a true hero. Thanks be to God Who ALWAYS causes us to triumph in Christ.

    Sincerely,

    Sherwood Page
    Charlotte

  320. 6-1-2012

    I am not sure how to get this letter to Andy since there is no contact info on this website. So I am posting it here in hope that it will make its way to Andy.

    Andy,
    This may very well be one of the strangest emails you will receive throughout this whole ordeal that you and your family are going through, but I think it also may be one of the most important. Ive read every single word of your blog, so I am well aware that you have a wonderful sense of humor. Thats fantastic because it means I can be myself and explain to you exactly how my days events panned out today and what led me to writing this very letter. My name is Shelby and I am 27 year old living in New Jersey. Since I was a very young child I have had Limb Phobia and OCD. I am not really sure where my phobia of severed limbs came from being that I haven’t ever had the money to go see a therapist and explore it, but I can gather that it probably stems from my grandfather losing both of his legs to diabetes. How I ended up this way is besides the point. The point is that both the phobia and the OCD take precedence over my thoughts for most of the day and can be quite debilitating. There are many things that I will not do in fear that I will end up hurt or losing a limb. Every time i get into a car, i am petrified I am going to get into a car accident and lose an arm or a leg. It has come to a point now, where my life is no longer normal. Something needs to be done. I have recently been looking into OCD and Anxiety programs in New York city and hope to find a therapist who will be able to help me get my life back to normal. I work full time and drive a nerve wracking hour to work and back everyday, so also find the time to go tends to be an issue. Ive also started praying about my issues and for guidance.

    Now for the humor. I love zombies. Today at work I was telling a coworker about the impending zombie apocalypse and all the strange events that have been in the media lately. I pulled up a link to show her called, “Ten events that prove the zombie apocalypse is coming”. Your daughter’s case was on the list. Flesh Eating Bacteria. I had heard about your daughter several days ago, and I am not going to lie, hearing about it sent me into a severe panic attack which my sister, mother and father had to talk me out of. After that, I put it out of my mind until stumbling upon this article. My OCD kicked in and I needed to know, how did this happen to this girl? I must know and I must know right now. So on my lunch break, I sat down and read every entry of your blog. As I began to read it, there were parts that made me sick to my stomach in with fear and anxiety over the thought of losing a limb but there were parts of it which made me keep reading. I began to admire your love and dedication to your daughter and the love that you have for her reminded me exactly of my father. I began reading your words as though it was my father and what he would be doing for me and saying about me. One line in particular was what really made the connection for me, “Aimee is in renal failure and she is being supported by dialysis, but there is a strong chance she will regain the function of her kidneys. If she doesn’t, I have one that she can have.” It was like the words were coming out of my own father mouth. To make me relate even more to your story, your daughters remind me very much so of my sister and I. I am 27 and my sister is 25. Without my sister, I would not be able to get through half of the issues that come up from my OCD and phobia. As I was reading your blog, it became apparent that Aimee and Paige have a very similar relationship.

    So now here I am sitting at work, balling my eyes out because I feel such admiration for this wonderful young women who is full of so much hope, faith and will to live. I felt deep sympathy for you and the rest of your family in what you were feeling watching her go through this. As I am sitting here crying for your daughter, I realized, If she can do it, so can I. If she has the will to live and get through everyday without her leg, foot and hands, then I most certainly can somehow find a way to get through my problems as well. Just then three of my closest coworkers burst through my office door with red velvet cupcakes singing happy birthday. Perfect timing ladies. They immediately rush over and ask what was wrong. After explaining to them the situation, I announce, “I need to do something to help”. I click on the “how you can help link”. Donate money. I wish I was a billionaire so i could, but i cant even afford to take care of my own medical problems. Donate Blood. Ok now that is something I can do. I decide that I am going to donate blood, if not to help your daughter then to help someone else who needs it in honor of your daughter. I am not kidding when I say this, within a half an hour, my company sent out and email that the Red Cross was coming to our facility in a few weeks. It was like fate was dropping it right into my lap.

    As my day went on, I couldn’t stop thinking about Aimee. I began thinking about if it was me, how would my family afford the all the hospital bills? Surely someone would have a fundraiser for me and my family. But would that be nearly enough? I know my entire family would put their lives on the line to make sure that I got the best care that I could. They would sell their house, their cars, anything that they owned. I began to cry again. Giving blood is not enough. I wish there was something more I could do. Could I put together a fundraiser? I don’t know anything about orchestrating something like that. Im just a girl from New Jersey who spends her week days a graphic designer and her weekends laying on the beach. But this feeling that I have to help is way too overwhelming to ignore. And way to Ironic. Girl with limb phobia feels intense need to help girl who lost her limbs? It doesn’t seem to make much sense, right? Well, I like to believe that there is a grand scheme of things and that there is a wonderful web of coincidences that aren’t really coincidences at all but nudges pushing us in the right direction. Perhaps the reason I have been dealing with these issues is so that one day I would come across your blog, need to know what happened to her, become obsessed with her case and feel this intense need to help. I am not really sure what I can do but i am going to start with this letter to you and then begin sending letters to anyone and everyone I can think of who could help me help you. Perhaps together, your daughter and I, can help each other overcome these very different challenges that life has faced us with. I have already learned so much from your daughter and her story and truly believe that I am being nudged to do something to help her. I have this feeling inside me that together, we may be able to do something big not only for one another but for the many other people in the world who are going through similar hardships as well. As I finish up this letter, everyone else is getting ready for my birthday party. I skipped doing my hair and my makeup because I needed to get this letter written right now. It just seems much more important.

    Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help your family
    With Love,
    Shelby Rutledge
    Muchmusic1@msn.com

  321. 6-2-2012

    I survived Necrotizing Fasciitis in 2004. I contacted several infections while caring for my dying, elderly father. His HMO sent him home with these infections and no warning of how contagious they were. I lost a large portion of my right arm and nearly died.
    I didn’t have the outpouring of support your daughter has, but I still see similarities between us. The strength, the attitude, and the gratitude one who survives such a horrific experience possesses. I have no doubt that Aimee will make the best of her situation, help others, and live a very happy and fulfilling life.

    • 6-4-2012

      it is so sad that you suffered from the same infection:( ? have never heard that before. I am so proud of people like you and aimee for your strenght! ? just hope you will be happy for the rest of your life..

      lots of love from Turkey

      Sinem

  322. 6-2-2012

    Go Aimee!I am so happy for you and your family. I hope everything will be the way you wish for from now on. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Tons of love and hugs from Istanbul/Turkey

  323. 6-2-2012

    Praying for Aimee, your family, and all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who take care of all of you. Prayers from Lincoln Nebraka.

  324. 6-2-2012

    Hello Andy- I am so grateful for the amazing and beautiful way you have kept everyone apprised of Aimee’s condition. I was a new professor at UWG in the fall of this year and I had the privilege of having Aimee in one of my first classes. She made a point of welcoming me to Georgia and UWG and I am ever so grateful to her for that. When I spoke with my family about my new position, I mentioned Aimee on several occasions as a reference for the wonderful students that I was getting to know here. I have had Aimee on my heart non-stop since the day we (faculty) got that first e-mail about the accident. Again, I want to thank YOU for keeping us up to date. Love and blessings, Namaste.

  325. 6-2-2012

    Only God knows why things happen. I cannot read all of your blog; it is emotionally challenging for me, but hope to as I am able. My son had necrotizing fasciitis last summer. He was blessed is so many ways I can barely write you, but I feel should. Keep looking up. May Aimee’s outlook and your “up” look carry you through.

    God bless you! My thoughts and prayers have been with you since I heard.

    Teresa, Henderson, NV

  326. 6-2-2012

    Just saw an article on CNN about your couragous battle… I google’d your name and found this blog. WOW… what an amzing journey you have been through! From this AMY to you, AIMEE, my thoughts are with you!!!!!!! Sending you some AMY/AIMEE power :-) :-) :-)

  327. 6-2-2012

    Hello Aimee..

    Great news you spoke.. :) :)
    I am so happy for you..& so proud..just to know about you! You are such a courage & amazing person.

    You’re in my prayers..everyday!

    Jesus loves you.. ;)

    Love from Egypt!
    Mina

  328. 6-3-2012

    Please tell Aimee that hearing her story and courage has helped me move forward with the medical issues that I have had for the last 5 months. My diagnosis is unclear, but I count my lucky stars that I am still able to work and I should stop complaining because Aimee has it worse than me. Her positive attitude is inspiring. I read updates about her when I am feeling down about my illness and it has really helped me. Please keep on updating us. You are an inspiration, Aimee!!

  329. 6-3-2012

    I’ve never “tracked down” someone I read about in People magazine but Aimee’s story grabbed me and hasn’t let me go. I have a son who is very active in the outdoor world- climbing, skiing, ice climbing- you name it! A year ago he summitted Denali- the highest point in North America with his climbing buddy from college. We just take for granted that he’s going to be safe, he’s going to be successful- we PRAY but we try not to think of what might go wrong. My heart goes out to Aimee and most especially her parents and sister- know that you’re all in my prayers. I know your lives are on hold as you wait, pray and support Aimee and each other. You are not alone. I’m one of thousands out here moved to prayer. Tell Aimee, please, that she’s being lifted up daily. May healing and repair bring each of you hope every day.

  330. 6-3-2012

    What an inspiration your family is! Good obviously choose you all for a reason. You are being heard all over the work as a Christian, i’m sure good is so pleased with you all and will continue to bless your family. I am so proud of and blown away by Aimees spirit and attitude. I can only hope to try to raise my children to be as noble and selfless as her.we will celebrate and continue to pray. Aimee, you are amazing to me, and clearly you’re very special to God. He is with you and is going to continue to bless your very sweet spirit.

  331. 6-3-2012

    I am so infinitely glad that Aimee’s condition has improved! She and all her family members have become so dear to me, that I consider you all to be a part of my family – like the whole bunch of supporters who have never given up thanks to the prayers! I hope that one day we will have the opportunity to meet all together.

  332. 6-3-2012

    prayers from Florida. please keep us updated on her progress! my son had a miracle he was on total life support, had leukemia, pneumonia and many other things wrong. God brought him back. love, amy

  333. 6-4-2012

    Dear Aimee and Family,

    I too am a NF survivor. I contracted the illness when I was seven months pregnant with my sixth child. My baby’s position most likely prevented the infection from spreading beyond my right leg and abdomen. Due to unending miracles and prayers, both my baby and I survived the ordeal, although we were separated for months and bonding was exceedingly difficult for me. I was an emotionally drained, newly handicapped mom and he was a child with cerebral palsy that I barely knew. 4 1/2 years later we are doing incredibly well. My mantra over the years has been, “God, I might not know how, but You can do absolutely anything!” I worked very hard to build my trust in His perfect wisdom and goodness, and I found many precious roses amidst the thorns. I’ll never forget when my plastic surgeon’s assistant came into my room early on and told me with absolute conviction, “You’re going to get up and achieve whatever you want in your life, and nothing is going to stop you!” I kept his wise, empowering words in my mind and heart, and he was so right. I even went on to have another child, miracle of miracles! I remember lying in my hospital bed after a sleepless night, watching the beautiful and awe-inspiring sunrise, and I said to myself that if G-d can so effortlessly lift the celestial bodies as if they were mere ping-pong balls, than surely it’s nothing at all for Him to heal me completely, physically and spiritually. Aimee, trust in His goodness completely – you are His servant and He gives to each one EXACTLY what they need to serve Him. Evidently, He wants a different type of service from you than from most other people – a special service which will become apparent to you as time goes by. And the very fact that we are privileged to be servants of the Most High should fill us with an overflowing joy. HE chooses the circumstances – some in wealth, some in poverty, some with hands, some without – and our job is to serve Him with joy every day that He grants us the gift of life.
    With love and deepest prayers for your physical and spiritual well-being,
    Yona Rivka Kimelman
    847-348-8266

  334. 6-4-2012

    God will turn things around, for He is good!!
    peace to you and your family today…..everything is gonna be allright:-)

    Love Mira

  335. 6-4-2012

    Aimee,

    I have been checking your condition almost everyday to see that you are improving and want to see a picture of your great smile on your face again..
    God bless you

  336. 6-4-2012

    Dear Copperland Family and Especially Dear Aimee! God bless you child, you have such a strong spirit. I admire your strenght and desire to live Aimee. I will continue praying for you and I know God wants you on this earth! Love. Sonia

  337. 6-4-2012

    Will we ever understand how or why life unfolds the way it does. Sometimes we see the results way down the roaad.
    Dear beautiful family, you have something a lot of people do not have. One thing that jumps out at me is your dad Aimee. All I can say is WOW!!!!
    Already your story has touched millions in all sorts of ways, all for the good. You have changed peoples lives!
    Every now and then an ordinary person pops up from nowhere and changes the world. I believe you are going to be one of those. It’s already happening!
    Aimee, I already know you are someone with a big heart, which is why I think you would enjoy reading the following easy to read books somewhere down the road. They are about a black man who lived on the streets, spent time in prison, could neither read or write, but ended up living with a millionaire art dealer. He even had lunch at the White House with the Bushes. In his words “I went from living in the bushes to eating with the Bushes”.
    The books: Same Kind of Difference as me” and “What Difference Do it Make” by Denver Moore and Ron Hall. (I’m not plugging the books, just know you would love them!)
    As for your blogs dad, better keep them up as I have a gut feeling that down the road your family will be approached regards making a movie about your remarkable family. Your lives will continue to touch people.
    I love this wonderful family. God Bless each and every one of you.
    May the Holy Spirit, who lives inside you be your helper and comforter.

    Jan.

  338. 6-4-2012

    We would be blessed to play at a fundraiser here in augusta for Amiee if that ever becomes a possibility. We have been following the story and praying for Aimee.

    I got a big scare once with my daughter’s asthma. The nurse told me there was a chance I might loose her. So I guess I have a Bethany day because she made it. You may not realize it now but you are ministering to other people by sharing your faith.

    The Kelleys(Daddy)

  339. 6-5-2012

    To the Copeland family,
    I am so happy for Aimee and all of you, I know that it has not been easy but God has been with you in every step of the way. It will get easier, and Aimee will be in my prayers along with the rest of your family. I wish you all the happiness in the world.

    Sincerely from the bottom of my heart,

    Aaliyah (from California)

  340. 6-5-2012

    I hope Aimee will continue to stay strong and feel better every day.
    All the best from Zurich, Switzerland.

  341. 6-5-2012

    Thank you for creating this wonderful website in the midst of this trial your family is facing. We now vicariously know Aimee and how she has touched the hearts of all who know her – now she is our blessing as well. Aimee is a flagship of courage, strength and love. Our heartfelt prayers will continue to flow her way and I know our Heavenly Father will give your family the strength and love to help Aimee through her course.

  342. 6-5-2012

    I enjoy reading these updates. They are so descriptive, a person can almost ‘feel’ the peace of the breeze of the morning and the anxiety of waiting for the next text with an update. I believe when Aimee is well and at home, you should compile these updates and write a book of her experience. I have no doubt that it would be a ‘best seller’! Prayers continue for Aimee’s healing and recovery as well as prayers for strength for her family.

    • 6-5-2012

      I forgot to add we are your NC neighbors from Warne, NC! Everybody- post your location so the Copelands can see how far Aimee’s blessings are going! :-) Go Aimee!!!

  343. 6-7-2012

    This story has touched my heart! I am praying for Aimee and your entire family! I have faith in the Lord and the goodness he has in store for such a strong and brave girl! You have done a wonderful job raising her. I wish you all health and longevity!

    You will be forever in my prayers.

    Be blessed,

    Alexandra Bazile from Montreal, Canada!

  344. 6-8-2012

    My heart is with Aimee. Her life has changed so dramatically and I can’t imagine the fight she has ahead of her. THE WORLD NEEDS HER. We need her strength to role model, we need her courage to emulate, we need her light to reflect in, we need her faith to believe again. Her story has traveled to Seattle…and I feel her sorrow, pain and anguish. I’m so sorry she has to endure any of it, and I want her to know, that others feel it with her. She doesn’t need to be anything other than the authentic person she is. We love her angry and mad as well as faith’ful’ and kind. Her plight is unimaginable and we walk with her as loving strangers on her journey. God Bless, Meredith

  345. 6-8-2012

    I really wish Mr. Copeland would show his daughter some respect, saying things such as “magic poopy drug,” really embarrasses me for her; She is not 5 years old. We don’t need to hear every detail, I’m praying for her continued recovery.

  346. 6-8-2012

    A Beautiful, strong, amazing girl, a beautiful, strong, amazing family, Your story hurt my heart but after reading this I know you will be even more amazing. You have lost so much, but you have also gained so much, you will be the girl who will not take this sitting down. With all the new technology you will be back up and facing your future in no time. Good luck with all that you do and never look back.

  347. 6-9-2012

    Mr Copeland and Family,
    Recently just found out about Aimee. My mother died last week of this horrible disease in Montreal. It comes too fast and I did not even see her awake at all.
    Praying for Aimee,
    Elana

  348. 6-12-2012

    I pray that the Good Lord takes her into his Loving Arms and spares her a future of depression. I have a friend that is paralyzed from the neck down and PRAYS the Good Lord takes him. Aimee needs to walk over that Rainbow Bridge into The Light, into the beautiful energy of Heaven………..of Divine and Perfect Energy.
    To ALL of you that are praying that she stays on Earth….are you really aware? of what she faces.
    No hands.
    No feet.
    Bind your feet and your hands for One Day and Tell Me that you want to remain on the Planet Earth.
    God Bless that Beautiful Soul. Aimee, I wish you PEACE!
    I visited Viet Nam vets in a hospital that had NO FEET—but they had Hands
    Some had NO hands…but they had FEET.
    Dear God In Heaven……….spare her.
    Amen.

  349. 6-13-2012

    Prayers to Aimee and Your family God is good to all and I look forward to following Aimees progress. Thank you for sharing it has tremendously touched me your story.

  350. 6-17-2012

    People like Aimee are incredibly inspiring. One can’t but help to admire such positivity, courage and faith given the critically difficult circumstances. Best of luck to you guys.

  351. 6-18-2012

    Aimee, Deus te abenções muitíssimo querida. Mesmo sem te conhecer, Jesus te ama e eu também, aliás o mundo inteiro.
    Tália Crvalho

    • 6-18-2012

      Deus te abençõe muito, voçê é exemplo de superação. Jesus te ama e o mundo inteiro também.
      Tália Carvalho

  352. 6-18-2012

    I am writing this with tears in my eyes and my heart. I heard briefly of a girl who had an accident and had been in the hospital with flesh eating bacteria. I was astonished that such a thing exists- how terrible i thought and how grateful i was that it didn’t happen to anyone i knew… several months later i saw this update online and wanted to read more of the story which brought me to this blog post. I truly believe in everything happening for a reason and yet i can’t imagine being where you are. ( aimee, her family and friends) I haven’t read any of the other posts but i can see Aimee’s light with the brief comments she made that you posted. What an extraordinary young woman. Thank you for being strong enough to tell this story, to let strangers in on such a personal and intimate challenge. My heart is overwhelmed with emotions for all of you~ i will be keeping you ALL in my prayers and i know the power of prayer! God bless and stay strong in your faith and in your heart! from Monroe, MI

  353. 6-18-2012

    Dear Aimee, I just want you to know that you are in my prayers daily. Im from Grovetown and I have a 30 year old daughter that was hit by a drunk driver and almost lost her life. She spent almost 3 months in Erlanger Trauma Hospital in Tennesse. We recieved a call here a 4 am in the morning that there was an accident but noone could tell us anything until we drove to Tennessee. The longerst 4 hours of my life. She was in the ICU Trauma Unit and hooked up to all these machines. We practically ran in to her room in ICU and the Dr came in and told us that the next 24 hours will tell but he gave her a 5-10 percent chance of survival. I said no way that we knew he could heal physically but we believe in a man that done more. My husband and I said we give our daughter to God completely and he would be the deciding factor on this situation. To make a long story short she is alive and living a almost normal life. She had her right arm amputated and has had many surgeries since them. Im praying for you because Im a strong believer that God has work for you that is not finished here. She is a witness to all who see her . Get well soon.

  354. 6-19-2012

    Dear Aimee,

    I dedicate my meditation to you. God’s speed to your recovery. With much love, Lorrin Phuntsog Dronma

  355. 6-19-2012

    Thanks for sharing both your inspiration (the highs), and your humanity (including the lows) — both are valuable.

    Reading today, that Aimee is choosing painkillers…
    there is nothing wrong with that choice… and…
    I would share with you that, in addition to her meditation,
    some meditative techniques that are *SPECIFIC* for decreasing pain… I have not experienced Aimee’s circumstances. I have seen experienced pain diminished, even pain disappeared.

    One technique in particular (from Hale Dwoskin, of the Sedona Method community) can easily be taught to you. You can facilitate Aimee through it. (Or I’m happy to facilitate, if you’d prefer that.)

    If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me at the email address tied to this message: LovisMirac@aol.com. I’d be happy to give my phone number over email.

  356. 6-26-2012

    Believe in miracles, because God makes them happen. I was hit while walking by a drunk driver, 15 days in acoma, 45 days shock trauma and 2 years of therapy. Doctors had no reason I just came back one day-except for the circle of prayers that surrounded my bedside and outside with others. They couldn’t do anything else because of head injury and by the grace of God, he allowed me to wake up and live normally.
    I am inspired by your journey as a family and reminded that today is precious..as life gets in the way at times with worry and things. Your family and healing are lifted in my prayers. Take care of yourself and I thank God for your inspiring Blog post to touch others in the world.
    :) Sending smiles and love from Florida!

  357. 7-2-2012

    Dear Aimee,
    Your story has touched me deeply. I’m sure that people have come out of the woodwork to share similar experiences. I nearly died of septic shock when I was 23, and I know how excruciating the experience is. I’ve been following your progress from the beginning since I’m originally from Augusta, GA. Your release from the hospital is amazing; surviving something like this takes immense strength, endurance, faith, courage, and tenacity. You are a miracle. Live it up!
    -Rachel

  358. 7-4-2012

    From Spain with love. Aimee you can do it! hugs and kisses.

  359. 9-12-2012

    Saw you on Katie Couric show. You are such an amazing young woman! Your attitude is so uplifting. Problems and irritations I face are NOTHING compared to what you experience daily! I wish young servicemen that come home with amputation/s were helped as much as you were. Many have nothing and no provisions to help them at home. Perhaps your story will help bring forth these men’s names and people could help them. Keep the faith! You are amazing!

  360. 9-15-2012

    I am a disabled veteran, have all my limbs, can walk and handle things, but sometimes feel worthless, have being treated by the VA for several years and I just didn’t seem to get anywhere, then I see Aimee’s story, and it makes me feel so glad to have what I have, her attitude about what happened, her view about life is so inspirational, that nothing that had being done to me before, compares to just watching Aimee, God bless her,you can truly say, that you already at least have save one life, mine, perhaps someday I will have the privilege of meeting her.

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