Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in ANDY'S BLOG WITH UPDATES | 945 comments

It has been a week since my last blog. At that time, Aimee was suffering from intense pain from at least eight areas of her body. Today her pain is concentrated in only one area of her body, primarily her abdomen, the donor site of her muscle flap. Aimee’s other donor site, her right thigh from which the skin was taken to complete her skin graft, is healing rapidly and her pain in that area has subsided significantly. The area where she received the skin graft is healing well and the grafts are adhering as expected. Her progress from where she was a week ago is as night is to day.

 

I love the night and day comparison when referring to Aimee’s progress. Nighttime  is full of uncertainty and often evokes fear. Bad things usually happen at night, good things happen during the day. Sampa always told me that nothing good happens after midnight and he encouraged me to always be home before then. I have dispensed that same advice to Aimee and Paige and I believe there is much wisdom there. Daytime is when you plant and sow, it is a time to seize opportunities and embrace new challenges. I am happy to report that as of this past Friday, the sun has once again begun its ascent.

 

The readers and followers of this blog represent Aimee’s daytime. I believe that you are one of the key reasons for Aimee’s improvement. I read to her many of the emails and blog responses that you send in and she is encouraged by your words and well wishes. Some of you send cards, which we also share with Aimee. A gentleman in Ohio even sent Aimee a Cabbage Patch doll named Sasha Eden. Sasha made Aimee’s rising sun shine even brighter.

 

Aimee has had celebrities reach out to her and she was amazed to learn of a recent star-studded event during which many renowned stars and musicians reached out to her with words of encouragement. Ann Curry, Katie Couric, Kirstie Alley and Sophia Vergara are a few of the most notable stars to reach out to Aimee. But you don’t have to be famous to attract Aimee’s affections. She has been most amazed by the testimonials of people like Becky Springer, Ashley Kurpiel and Scott Rigsby, fellow amputees who have fought through the difficulties of relearning their basic life skills. These are the heroes on which Aimee’s inspiration and recovery will be based. They are also people who greatly inspire me with their testimonies and vigor for life.

 

Aimee truly appreciates the words of encouragement and prayers that she has received from all over the world. I can testify that we have a “prayer bubble” surrounding us. At first it seemed concentrated at the hospital, but now it appears to follow our entire family around. I believe this is because your prayers have been broadcast out to all of us and you need to know that those prayers have been effective in reaching us.

 

Speaking of daylight, Aimee got a huge dose of it yesterday. For the first time in 49 days, Aimee got up in a wheelchair and rolled out of her hospital room.

 

*PAUSE*

 

Now that you have picked yourself up off the floor, I will continue.

 

In your mind’s eye, you probably are picturing Aimee grabbing a wheelchair and scooting into it by herself and then rolling herself through doorways and down hallways like some superhuman quad amputee. Dispel such notions. The process of actually sitting up requires the aid of a very good physical therapist, which we are fortunate to have in Chris the “PT Guru”. Chris is pretty amazing. Not only can he move Aimee smoothly into a wheelchair, he can do it without eliciting the slightest sign of discomfort from Aimee.

 

After she got up into her chair, I pushed Aimee down the hallway and out the front door of the burn unit. For one full hour I pushed Aimee around, giving her a tour of the outside of the hospital while her mother followed along with a water jug for Aimee’s hydration. All three of us talked while we rolled along and eventually we came to rest near a grove of pine trees. The smile on Aimee’s face said that this was the best therapy that she has had in weeks. Not one thought of the pain in her abdomen, not the slightest concern over her time away from the ICU. Fresh scenery and close proximity to nature was all she needed. Nature therapy – the basis of Aimee’s master’s thesis.

 

 

I can’t imagine what it must be like to spend 49 days in bed in the same room, staring at the same walls. It doesn’t matter if you drape the walls with “Get Well Aimee” banners, it’s the walls themselves that seem to close in on you after awhile. It isn’t just the appearance of the room that soon disagrees with you, or the closed in space of four walls. It’s the absence of the warmth of the sun upon your skin, the feeling of the breeze blowing through your hair and the smell of pine trees that you truly miss. These are things we take for granted, but they are things that people living shut-in lives long for. These are the things that have brought Aimee great joy over the past two days.

 

As we sat amongst the pine trees, Aimee, Donna and I talked about life. We tried to come to an understanding about how the events of the past 49 days have impacted her life.

 

“So Aimee, how do you really feel about everything that has happened the past 49 days?” I asked.

 

“It’s okay,” she responded after a bit of thought.

 

“Okay how?” I dug deeper.

 

Aimee pondered the question for a moment. She’s always been very thoughtful and she doesn’t speak on the fly without knowing where she’s going. Aimee seems to always be two steps ahead. I bet she’d make a very good chess player.

 

“I don’t have any regrets about what has happened. I don’t focus on what I’ve lost, I would rather focus on what I’ve gained. I feel like I’ve been blessed.”

 

I was stunned by her response. I hadn’t anticipated this from her. It wasn’t that I was surprised about her lack of regrets, but her comment on being blessed caught me off guard. Keep in mind that I have said this to the media, that we’ve been blessed by God that Aimee is alive, so I thought this is what she meant by that statement.

 

“Yes Aimee,” I replied, “I feel blessed that you are alive.”

 

Aimee shook her head. “No, I didn’t mean it like that.”

 

“Then what do you mean?”

 

“I mean that I am blessed to have the opportunity to experience something that not many other people have the chance to experience. I am blessed to be able to have a challenge that not many others get to have. I am blessed to have the capacity to share my experience with others and have a chance to improve the quality of someone else’s life. I’m blessed to be different.”

 

I could only shake my head. I was and I am in awe of my incredible daughter. She has embraced her new life as a challenge and an opportunity. Perhaps all this was preordained. Last night I received a picture text message from Paige. She took a picture of a magnet that we have had hanging on our refrigerator for the past ten years. The words on the magnet are in beautiful script:

“Help me O Lord to recognize Your opportunities in my difficulties.”

I have seen that magnet on the fridge for ten years, but it has become such a common sight that I have relegated it to the back of my mind. Perhaps it was in the backs of all our minds, but God has yanked it out to maintain a prevalent position in all our lives.

 

So here we are on the dawn of a new day and Aimee, Paige, Donna and I all view life exactly the same. While we all see that Aimee’s opportunities are boundless, we also know that Aimee’s response will be critical. I believe she has the right to change her mind. She has the right to mourn her losses, the right to be angry, the right to be sad. I continue to expect it, but I continue to be amazed at her resilience and strength. Perhaps she is simply projecting my thoughts. It could be that she is telling me what I want to hear. However, I have no expectations of what Aimee should think; I simply want her to be herself. She’s a very smart woman and I don’t think she’s merely parroting my thoughts back at me.  At the same time,  I don’t want everyone to think that she is an unreal superwoman, but her responses to her condition continue to amaze me.

I only relate this because I want you to understand and appreciate the incredible heart of a very strong young lady. I also ask you to grant her the grace to be less than perfect. I’m sure that she will have moments of extreme frailty, but even when that happens she will always be an incredible inspiration to me. In Aimee’s greatest moment of weakness, she will always be stronger than I can ever hope to be.

God bless you all!

 

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945 Comments

  1. 6-25-2012

    How very uplifting…i follow your story daily. i am glad she is doing better.my thoughts and prayers are always with you…

    • 6-26-2012

      You inspire me Aimee in so many ways. Many things have happened in my life where I questioned God but not in anger, as time passed I usually find out that he knows far more than I do and I understand why these events happened. I think he has something real important in his plan for you Aimee. I see already the diffence you are making reading some of these comments. I pray that God gives you the strength needed until he reveals to you the plan he has had all along.

    • 6-26-2012

      What a special young lady. She has had so much pain that would bring a 300 pound man to tears. This is uplifting to everyone. We are blessed perhaps in a different way. Her experiences make every other problem look so small however large we feel it is. My prayers and thoughts are with you. My wife is battling cancer. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind sharing my prayers for her with Aimee! You are an inspiration I’m sure to everyone that reads the blogs. All the best from Wyoming!

    • 6-26-2012

      I am so happy to see Aimee got out for a bit of sunshine! My prayers fo her recovery, and for her parent’s strength, are ever with you. What a smile that girl has! How very beautiful!

    • 6-26-2012

      This is wonderful, faithful woman. You, Aimee, will be in my prayers and thoughts forever. I know what it is to have a challenge. Enlightenment comes through adversity. Love to the whole of the family and friends.
      Namste.

    • 6-26-2012

      How uplifting I agree also. Prayers will continually be with you and look forward to reading her updates. God Bless you Aimee.

    • 6-26-2012

      Hi Aimee! You are very brave and strong! Remember that God has a plan for your life! You are beutiful inside and out!!! I am SO glad that you are getting better!!!!!!!!
      Have a wonderful day! :-)

    • 6-27-2012

      You are absolutely right , Andy, when you say that you believe one of the
      key reasons for Aimee’s fast recovery comes from those who are following this blog. It seems, some highly evolved intelligence is behind this recovery. So you may also be right when you say God is alive. The second key reason is the doctor’s team at Augusta. Aimee’s European friends continue to think about her every day untill recovery as full as possible.

    • 6-28-2012

      On 9-27-11,the Nate Berkus TV Show featured a home built specifically for a woman who lost both arms and legs due to the same disease that struck Amiee (Necrotizing Fascitis). The home contains many features and products that can be of great benefit to Amiee. A video clip of the episode can be viewed on The Nate Show Website.

    • 6-28-2012

      I have followed Aimee’s story and I am amazed at this entire family. you have no idea you are an inspiration to the world. The light at the end of this tunnel is going to be very bright.

      I promise. God is always Greater than whatever happens to us.

      With Love, Mary Richmond, VA

    • 6-28-2012

      I am from Adelaide Australia and on the 21 May this year we lost my beautiful Dad to this terrible condition – necrotising fasciitis. Dad went into hospital for bowel cancer surgery and during the surgery the small bowel was perforated causing the bacteria to ravage my darling Dad’s body. He only survived for 5 days. We are still reeling with sadness and disbelief and as I was searching for information on the internet about this dreadful bacteria I came upon Aimee’s story. I just want to say that all the way from Australia my heart goes out to the family and in particular Aimee….you are truly an inspiration and I know that you will do great things in this life. Best wishes to you all.

    • 6-29-2012

      Simply beautiful – no better blog on the internet. All who read your blog are blessed. Thank you for sharing your story with us. God bless your beautiful family. You will never know how many lives were touched by Aimee’s story.

    • 7-1-2012

      You are absolutely right, Andy, when you say that you believe one of the
      key reasons for Aimee’s fast recovery comes from those who are following
      this blog. It seems some highly evolved intelligence is behind this
      recovery. So you may also be right when you say God is alive. The second
      key reason is the doctors team at Augusta. Aimee’s European friends
      continue to keep her in mind every day untill recovery as full as possible.

    • 7-2-2012

      You are amazing, beautiful young lady! With your inner strength you will give hope and faith to so many people in the world! I follow your story and know that the lord is with you! Your in my prayers Aimee. Many blessings to you and your family.
      Sincerely, Diane Lucchino

    • 7-2-2012

      Please let Aimee watch friendsofcapehenlopen.org which has a camera on an osprey nest in Lewes DE. She will see 2 eggs and one baby osprey growing stronger every day. She will enjoy this “nature therapy” so much! When the father brings a fish back to the nest and the mother and baby eat, its just too beautiful not to feel inspired. I know Aimee has a long way to go, but she will move through this. Our bodies are incredible machines. We guide the body to heal and process the trauma, and Aimee will do the same.

    • 7-3-2012

      I have been following this story and I am truly changed by it.
      My thought AIMEE IS THE NEW WAY TO SPELL AIMEENN!

    • 7-3-2012

      I don’t know if I am doing this right, but I have been praying for Aimee since her accident has happened. I have asked many people to pray for her also. I am so happy that she is leaving the hospital and going to rehab. I will continue to pray for her and her family during this difficult time. I am amazed to read this blog and see how much she has gone thru to get to this point in her life. After seeing her parents interviewed on the Today show this morning, I have no doubt that she will walk across the stage in December to graduate with her Masters. Look how far she has come in 2 months!!!!

    • 7-12-2012

      HEY AIMEE. I SURE HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU. AND IM SO GLAD JESUS HAS WORKED A MIRACLE FOR YOU. YOU HAVE SUCH A GREAT ATTITUDE AND YOU SEEN LIKE A STRONG PERSON. THE LORD HAS SURELY PUT THAT IN YOUR LIFE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP HIS HANDS ON YOU.HE IS FAITHFUL AND FOR SURE A HEALER.

  2. 6-25-2012

    Good for you, Mr. Copeland. You and Donna cultivated in Aimee the strength that you are seeing now. You earned the amazement she is giving you. Kudos to you, and more should be like you!

    • 6-26-2012

      God bless her and your family. It is wonderful that she is doing better.

    • 6-27-2012

      I am praying everyday…and attending the Zumba Fundraiser on Saturday30th in Snellville, Ga. You all have amazing strength and faith! ZUMBA LOVE, GOD’S LOVE…TO ALL OF YOU!!!

    • 7-4-2012

      Amen !

  3. 6-25-2012

    You just made my day. :). God bless you Aimee!

    • 6-25-2012

      May the God of Abraham, the God Of Issac and the the God Of Jacob be with you and your family, Aimee. I love you with all my heart.

    • 6-27-2012

      Hallelujah! Reading this has blessed me so…what an extraordinary young woman. Will continue to pray for you and your family. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and Aimee’s as well!

  4. 6-25-2012

    We continue to pray for Aimee and your family, and are so happy that she is on the road to recovery. I’m sure there will be bumps ahead, but with an attitude like Aimee’s she’s sure to be successful at whatever she undertakes. You must be so very proud of her. Raised her well, Mom and Dad.

    • 6-26-2012

      andy. i so glad that amiee id doing better, i have amiee picture on my home seen to remind that everyone needs to look around to see the bigger picture. i pray for amiee and ya family every night. i cry every time i read your blog my husband has to fishing reading it to bc i can’t cry and read outlook at the same time any ways i feel like i part of the family love ya good night<3

  5. 6-25-2012

    Well touched is an understatement when I read this blog! Thanks for sharing this personal journey with us. Sometimes out of tragedy or sickness comes a realization of what life is about. Our son was born with severe brain damage and we were told all the doom and gloom and he has done more in his 11 years than we have ever done. It is like no big deal to him. Your Aimee seems to have that same survivors spirit. It is astounding and I don’t think everyone attains that. So you go AIMEE!!!

  6. 6-25-2012

    After reading this blog I have to let you know that you have an amazing daughter with more strength then I thought one person could ever have, she is a blessing from God to you and all who know of her! Continued blessings to all of you and you are always in my prayers, God is great! Much love to all of you!

    • 6-25-2012

      I have been following Aimee’s story, a story that includes your whole family. This is the first time I have visited the blog. Having a Son and two daughters that I am close to your post brought tears to my eyes.

      I have had friends that have had serious health events that are so serious and they always affect me the same way. I always come away thinking how stupid it is for my complaining and thank God I am not dealing with your challenge.

      The strengh of you, your wife, Aimee and your close family that has shown through is nothing short of Godly. My spirt carries you all in prayer. Your example humbles me in my current challenges and I pray that all will be well with Aimee in a way so great that it is not understood by the rest of us.

      May God Bless you all richly,

      Doug Bush

      • 6-26-2012

        Andy,
        I, like most others; heard about your daughter’s story in the news. Her story struck close to home. I lost a dear friend of mine to this eleven years ago almost to the day. She got the infection right after she gave birth to her first child. A beautiful baby girl. I was finally brave enough to read your blog. Ever since hearing about Amiee I have prayed for her, but didn’t want to get too close because of the painful reminder of my friend Anne. Thank you for sharing Amiee with us. She is an inspiration and such a sign of strength and determination. Wishing all of you blessings.
        Tiffany

    • 6-27-2012

      Aimee, Mary and I are so proud to know your Mother and Father and to be a small part of your tremendous strength and faith. You are a remarkable
      young lady with so much to offer this world and the courage needed to influence the lives you may have an impact. Bless you Aimee for what your are today and what you will be tomorrow.

      Gene And Mary

  7. 6-25-2012

    Such a wonderful encouragement to read this morning before the day gets started! Continuing to pray for sunny days and more trips outside; it’s always a joy of mine to take my patients outside so that they can experience the warmth upon their skin and the freedom that comes with it.

  8. 6-25-2012

    Aimee’s peace is indeed a blessing from the Lord! Thank you for the update and sharing your story. Your family is in ur prayers.

  9. 6-25-2012

    I have followed your story from the first news report, reading
    all I can find and praying for you and your family.
    I continue to be amazed and thrilled by your progress
    and your attitude. I think your progress is a RESULT of your
    attitude…keep positive thoughts. You are AWESOME! Bless you!

    Joanne in Pennsylvania

  10. 6-25-2012

    Last night I started thinking about my problems then Aimee popped into my mind and I started praying for her instead. I am so proud of her.

  11. 6-25-2012

    Wow, I thank God for you, Donna, Paige, and Aimee’s testimony. And what a relevant and on time message.

  12. 6-25-2012

    God bless Aimee and the whole family.

  13. 6-25-2012

    Wow!

    I read a blog yesterday that says it better than I ever could.

    kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/2012_06_01_archive.html

    We are weak but He is strong.

    Strength today & for each tomorrow.
    April

  14. 6-25-2012

    The love you have for your daughter is simply amazing. Bless you all.

  15. 6-25-2012

    My Husband is one of the “blessed” as Aimee stated. Aimee, I place you and Randy (my husband) together – true fighters and believers in your inner being. God will continue to bless you and your family. Praying everyday for you Aimee.

  16. 6-25-2012

    You are still in my thoughts and prayers. Aimee along with the rest of the family is such an inspiration to me. I have went through a lot of hard times in my life but nothing compared to Aimee’s. Mine was more mental than physical. Losing a son was the worst that I dealt with but like your family, I chose to accept that God had a reason, he would use it to his glory and he would strengthen me through it. He has, and he will continue to just like he will you all. God bless all of you and thank you for showing such faith and letting me be a part of your lives. Rhonda

  17. 6-25-2012

    It’s great that everything is moving forward. The pain is the problemw. I had necrotize faciitis. It’s 13the months now for me and I still have pain. It is not severe. I found the supports is big help. She is getting alot of it. Keep in touch.

  18. 6-25-2012

    you ALL are amazing people! I am praying for you, and thank you for sharing this story with the world. I’m sure it will help many. All the best, from now on!

  19. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for sharing. You all continue to inspire so many . I continue to lift you all in prayer to our Lord and Savior. I competed in a sprint triathlon and thought of Aimee many times on my journey. I know God has great things in store for her.

  20. 6-25-2012

    Wow. Blessing upon blessing. Thank you for continuing to share Aimee’s journey with us. What an inspiration you ALL are to a world so in need of noble heroes. You and your family, and most especially Aimee, are in my prayers. May Christ’s peace reign in your hearts always.

  21. 6-25-2012

    inspiring.

  22. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for posting such a detailed and transparent note. Continuing to pray for you all! Praise the Lord!

  23. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is in my prayers!!

    • 6-26-2012

      I pray too hope and I Am shure you will manage it.

  24. 6-25-2012

    Dear Copeland family, your daughter is right, she is blessed to be different and you are right as well, you are blessed to have her. She will get through the tough hospital part and than the difficult home part…but God has a plan, even if we don’t know what it is. My daughters, Morgan & Makenzie will continue to pray for you all! May God give you all the strength you need.
    In Christ,
    Amy

  25. 6-25-2012

    My thoughts and prayers have been with Aimee since I heard her story. Being a NF survivor myself, I understand the pain she is going through….I am so glad she has family and friends who are there for her and help her stay positive….that is the single best thing for her…thank you so much for keeping people updated. <3

  26. 6-25-2012

    I have been following you blog since I heard about Aimee’s accident, and it is great to hear she is doing much better. She is definitely a fighter, and her will to live is inspiring. God bless her and your family and I do hope she makes a complete recovery, and do as she said…to be able to share her experience with others.

    Best wishes,
    Ambar

  27. 6-25-2012

    Andy,
    Thank you to Aimee, you and your family, for sharing this experience with the world. Your daughter is extraordinary. I read this blog entry today and a thought came to my mind. We live in an age where there is so much challenge made so apparent by the news, etc. Unemployment, war, societal breakdown. I personally am an optimist, and feel there is a bright side to these things that there is much to live for aside from the fact. Yet I personally have not had the challenges that have faced your wonderful daughter, on top of these other things. To see her grateful and to be so forward thinking is so profound to me. I don’t need to remind you that your daughter is great! I want you to share with that daughter of yours that she is inspiring. I do not want to sound cliche, but Aimee has set a standard. She has shown that life is about attitude and about hope in the face of anything that comes ones way. To have this insight is God given and I have learned a profound lesson. Thank you again for sharing this with the world. God Bless you, your family, and this wonderful daughter of yours. Keep fighting!

  28. 6-25-2012

    Wow real eye opener for me! I’m 55 and deaf and on the verge of having surgery for a cochlear implant undecided about do I want to hear! But your posts give ME courage and I see yr daughter as a shining light and pray she continues to adapt to her challenges thrown at her! So young and beautiful I pray her days and nights continue to improve!

  29. 6-25-2012

    Prayers from ny.i light a candle for you on sundays at mass.keep fighting and keep up that great spirit.love to all of you on this evolving journey.god is with you.and all of america is behind you……..

  30. 6-25-2012

    Thank You for sharing your story. Your heartfelt words and Aimee’s positive perspective of what has happened brought tears to my eyes. Truly an inspiration for people to realize that there is so much more to life than rushing to get the next errand done or emphasizing the need to acquire another “thing.” I’ve prayed for Aimee and I will continue.
    Sincerely,
    Ruth

  31. 6-25-2012

    God bless you Aimee! So many people you dont even know are keeping you in their prayers and following your recovery! You are an inspiration to so many people! All the best!

  32. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, you are such a blessing. I know God had great things for you in the coming days, months and years. You are truly loved. Keep healing and sharing your wonderful spirit.

  33. 6-25-2012

    I think about this young girl daily. I pray she continues to do well and less pain. I can sympathize with you guys on being in a hopsital room for 49 days my mom was in the hospital 126 days and it was horrible. She got so aggrqvqted looking at the same prison like walls everyday. She is still recovering from a bed sore she developed in the hopsital that was the size of a soccer ball to her spine. Its been 8 months now. I will continue to pray for you guys..:)

  34. 6-25-2012

    I am constantly amazed by Aimee. I am a Delta Gamma at UGA, so Aimee and I are sisters. Every blog that I read about Aimee puts me in awe. She is so strong and so forward-looking. I am so thankful to be able to call Aimee my sister and be able to share her story with any one and every one who hasn’t heard it yet. It needs to be heard, Aimee is worth hearing about. Continue to be strong Aimee, we all love you. LITB

  35. 6-25-2012

    Hello All,

    I so enjoyed reading this article today. I’ve been following Aimee’s story on FB and since it hit the news. Today’s latest hit me the most though. I can relate to Aimee feeling blessed in such an unfortunate situation, (from our perspective). Without getting into a long description of what I have experienced, I too felt blessed to have had it happen to me. I spent two weeks in the hospital and countless weeks in rehab after a shooting in which I was stuck 4 times. When people ask me how I can always be smiling, the truth is, I feel blessed. How many will ever experience miracles, (and realize it)? How many will experience Jesus knelling by your side and telling you that you will be okay even though you are bleeding to death on the ground? How many people will have your same appreciate for life and for your children’s health after such an experience? So while even I wonder how Aimee can handle such a situation such as she is in the midst of, I do understand where she is coming from when she says she feels blessed. Thanks for sharing her/your story with the world. God Bless

  36. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, you continue to be in my thoughts by day and prayers at night. We have three sons and you are right up there when I thank God for their being. I love them so much. They are beautiful adults now with beautiful children and wives. They are in Va, NJ, and SC. It is a pleasure to add you to our family in my prayers. You are an inspiration to me. I have a degenerative muscle disease and sometimes just want to quit trying. Then I think of your fight ad attitude and I think c’mon MJ. I also thank God for your wonderful family and your medical support staff. (I am a retired nurse). Hang in there kiddo. Love you

  37. 6-25-2012

    It is so evident that God is working through the Copeland family. Your blog, to me, is inspired by God. I am sure you are a smart and intelligent man and with God’s help your words are an example of faith snd trust in God to so many. including me, and I am a Christian.

    You are so correct when you say you believe God has a plan for Aimee and it is easy to see she is willing to follow where he leads her. It will be a awesome to watch her as she changes people’s lives.

    I could go on and on, but I will just say,thank you for sharing. I am praying.

    Darlene Dye

  38. 6-25-2012

    dear amy, i am not with you in person we are too far apart. i have been trying to keep up with your progress. i am amazed at the will power you have. don’t ever forget you are still #1. you have everyone trying to help you keep fighting. even with will power, day by day can be very stressfull for you. but you are doing your best. don’t push too hard. there’s a reason your still with us. an only god knows that answer. your a insprition for all people who are fighting day by day to have the will power you are still fighting for. for that we love you. you keep those going in the right direction. with that i will keep praying. and god bless you . joan graves

  39. 6-25-2012

    I’ve been following your blogs since the very begining, but not until today have I felt the need to comment back. I think of Aimee often, and wonder why such an awful thing would happen to such a beautiful person. Today, when I read the latest update, there are absolutely no words to descibe how it touches my heart to hear her say that she is “blessed”. She is 100% an inspiration to each and every person that has followed her story through this journey in her life. I wish Aimee and your family all the luck in the world through the rest of her recovery. Thank you for keeping us updated and sharing such an amazing and personal part of your lives with us.

  40. 6-25-2012

    My heart goes out to Aimee and to those close to her !
    May each day bring further strength, love, and perseverance !
    Go Aimee ! xxox <3

  41. 6-25-2012

    I would just like to say I am amazed as well. Aimee is a inspiration to all of us. Myt God daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetis in March. She is 14. She wrote on her face book page this comment which amazed me as well. She said “Some times things in life change but you just have tokeep staying strong. What a inspiration our children can be. I thank God for Aimee’s progress so far and will pray for continued healing. God bless all of you !!!

  42. 6-25-2012

    Another incredible blog. I think Aimee is an incredible young woman because of her incredible family. You all continue to strengthen me with your strength. I pray for continued healing and blessings for your family..

  43. 6-25-2012

    Inspiring once again. As you know, at this point the answer to all of our prayers is that Aimee be granted the strength of The Holy Spirit so that she herself has the strength to accept and overcome. That is the answer to our prayers for her family as well. I am blessed to bear witness to this prayer being answered. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you know that your unselfish act of kindness brings so many of us closer to Our God.

  44. 6-25-2012

    How wonderful that Aimee was able to breathe some fresh air and enjoy nature. I don’t need to tell you this, but you have a truly amazing daughter. May God Bless her, and your family, as you continue on this unplanned journey together.

  45. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Amy’s story since the beginning and am so happy she has such a wonderful attitude about the entire experience. I have shared her story with my step-daughter to try to inspire her but unfortunately to no avail. My step-daughter is bi-polar is has let her disease define who she is and has let self-pity rule her life. For the past year she has lived with me and her father and we have done nothing but support and encourage her, to let her know she is so much more than her disease. We recently found a book called The Spirit of Self-Pity that we has hoped to share with her. It had come to a point that we needed to stop letting her overwhelm our lives as her dependency on the attention she was receiving was truly destroying our lives/marriage. Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to share this book. Instead she has decided to attack and has now filed a restraining order against her father and is accusing him of horrible, horrible things. Now we can only pray she finds her way to recovery and hope that God sees the truth.

    Thinking and praying for Amy everyday :)

    Cheryl

  46. 6-25-2012

    Each time you post a new blog, I rush with a click to my mouse, opening another chapter of how this courageous and beautiful young lady is seeing life at this time. The encouragement of her actions, inner fortitude and faith is such an overwhelming rush of pride for me, for a person I don’t know, and will probably never meet, but yet I find including in all of my prayers as if she were a member of my heart’s family.

    Those 49 days you spoke of, being in the same room, the same walls, and the constant pain that would surely wreak havoc with most people’s sanity, has become a haven for Aimee, that is her healing place in the world, from within those walls she gains more strength and better health until, by the grace of her determination and the loving support of her family, friends, and others such as myself, she’ll be released to resume a life that has been altered, but not diminished, she’s too strong for that to happen.

    I would very much like to make something special for Aimee, if you have an address you feel safe in offering for me to send a gift to, I would very much appreciate it. It would take me a few weeks to complete my chosen project for her, but, would enjoy knowing she had something from me, as encouragement. My email is, melissa_pc2006@yahoo.com

    Thank You, and God Bless,
    Melissa

  47. 6-25-2012

    Mr. Copeland, I’ve been following your posts for a long time now. My eyes well whenever I read something new. Most of the time, they are tears of joy! You’ve been blessed; you, your wife and Aimee. Wonderful things happen to wonderful people. Together you make a wonderful bunch; a bunch of love, courage and faith! God bless you all!

  48. 6-25-2012

    Every time I read about how Amiee has the insight to understand that we are all here for a reason and the G-d put us here to lead the way for others then i feel truly blessed to be able to live in a time when this young angel can lead the way for all of us

  49. 6-25-2012

    Aimee sounds like one amazing lady. She will be one who will take her disabilities and encourage people all over the world. Praying for her and the family. Thanks so much for updating on this blog.

  50. 6-25-2012

    Hello Aimee,
    You are such an inspiring young lady….You are so strong and bring hope to many…I pray you constantly and pray that God continues to bless you and use you to show His miraculous powers (spelling?).
    I do not know if you have seen this yet?? included in my message is a link to a video story about an amazing man to also gives hope and inspiration to others.

    store.nickvujicic.com/p/dvd-noworries.html

    God bless,
    Jo-Anna

  51. 6-25-2012

    Wow, Aimee truly inspires me to be a better person! I love reading your blogs. You’re a great writer and I love reading these positive updates about Aimee. Lifting Aimee and her entire family up in prayers! -Katie Covar, Florence, SC

  52. 6-25-2012

    When you wrote, “In Aimee’s greatest moment of weakness, she will always be stronger than I can ever hope to be.” I knew that you were really speaking about most if not all of us that have followed your amazing daughter’s progress.
    Prayers and love are sent out daily for her and all the family. But I never figured how much her attitude and faith has taught and inspired my family and me. I can’t tell you how blessed we have been seeing God work a miracle in her life. Yes, I know that there will be struggles adapting to her new life but She has already proven that she can and will overcome all obstacles through her determination, faith, and such a positive outlook on life in general.
    As her parents you have instilled not only the proper foundations and faith in her life but through those simple actions on your behalf been blessed with more than just an amazing daughter. God bless you all and know that we will help to keep that bubble of prayer around you all.

  53. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is a truly incredibly strong woman and I am amazed at how well she is taking everything she truly is a role model. I am a professional dog trainer in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was bitten behind my knee by a pitbull almost a month ago, four days later I was supposed to leave on a cruise. The doctors told me I shouldn’t go because the risk of infection would be too high and I was devastated. I cried when I heard the news but then remembered Aimee’s story and was mad at myself for getting upset because I couldn’t go on a cruise. So, if I ever get upset about losing money and a good time I just remind myself it could be a lot worse. I haven’t gotten an infection because I take extreme precautions and always think of Aimee to keep me going. Thank you for inspiring me you have given me a whole new outlook on life. Aimee is inspiring a lot of people and I pray for her everyday. I really hope she gets to go out more and heals quickly. Your already a role model for so many people Aimee and you have helped me through my recovery more than you can imagine. Thank you Aimee and keep up the hard work!

  54. 6-25-2012

    As I sat and read your latest update on Aimee, tears once again filled my eyes. I am sure everyone comments what a fighter Aimee is becuase she truly is. The faith that your family posses is boundless. I want you to google Justin Gaertner. He is a girlfriend of mines son who is a double amputee. Please read to Aimee his beginning story and the two years following that attack in Fallujah up to today. It is a story of triumph over tragedy and might offer a future path for Aimee. Today he is participating in a 450 mile “Ride 2 Recovery” that started in Belgium a couple of days ago. The many things he has done with his “New Normal” which Aimee will find one day is amazing. He is on facebook as well and the pictures of his triumphs are endless. I hope you will look him up as I think Aimee will be an awe of him and strenghten her even further. May God continue to Bless Aimee and your entire family. Chrissy Gatlin

  55. 6-25-2012

    I have read each of your blogs, and I want you and your family to know that I have kept each of you in my prayers. I have been so moved by the way that each of you have dealt with this challenge in your life. When I read what you just blogged about Aimee feeling that she is “blessed” and why she felt that way, I knew then that she was going to come out on the other side of this and achieve great things. If you get the opportunity, please reach out to Kyle Maynard, who is a congenital all limb amputee. He lives in Lawrenceville and owns his own gym there now. He is an incredible young man, and is such an inspiration; very much like your Aimee. He has a book out “No Excuses”. Andy, you and Donna have raised two exceptional daughters, I wish all of you only the best and will continue to keep you in my prayers. God Bless all of you.

    Sincerely, Debbie Porter

  56. 6-25-2012

    I have followed Aimee’s progress from the start. She has a special purpose that has yet to be figured out. Our notes to Aimee are to help her progress, however what she doesn’t realize is through you, her parent, she is actually inspiring ourselves to not feel that we can’t overcome our own obstacles in life and to embrace each and every day as a fresh new start. Aimee you are an inspiration to us all. You are a special young lady with your whole life ahead of you and even though you’ve had some setbacks from your accident, I feel that you love a good challenge and you will excel with nothing holding you back and you’ve made us all realize that there is no obstacle that we can’t overcome, no matter how bad things seem to all of us at the time. I wish you nothing but the best and hope that we all can help each other learn lessons from this…..God Bless you and your wonderful family Aimee. XOXO

  57. 6-25-2012

    This is incredible. I look forward to these updates because it reminds me that deep down inside, I have the strength to deal with the issues in my own life. Aimee, I know you have probably heard this a ridiculous amount over the last couple of months, but you are my hero. From someone who has never really had a hero (aside from Mia Hamm when I was obsessed with soccer when I was 9), I really hope you know & feel like you are a hero. You are already improving lives from inside the hospital, I cannot WAIT to see what happens when you’re out :)
    ~ 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”

  58. 6-25-2012

    I just wanted to share with your family about my son, Shawn. Shawn is 9 years old and was born with a rare condition called Popliteal Pterygium Syndrome. To date, he has had 65 surgeries to correct various genetic anomalies, and he is doing wonderfully. I see Shawn and Aimee as a lot alike, always looking far beyond just the simple positives and seeing things in a way that very few people could. Shawn has chosen to not focus on his condition, and instead uses his energy to raise awareness and funds for children all over the world who suffer from limb deformities such as his. Two weeks ago, he was honored by the Governor of Kentucky for his volunteer work. Children like ours are rare, and we are all very fortunate to have them in our lives and learn from them.

    Our Best to all of you,
    The Aberl Family of Elizabethtown, Kentucky

  59. 6-25-2012

    Your post brought tears to my eyes as I read about your daughter thinking this has been a blessing. That alone gives so much hope that no matter what happens, God will bring good of it as He promised. Blessings and prayers!

  60. 6-25-2012

    Your blog this week brought me to tears. Aimee is such a STRONG woman. Most people could not find a positive in such a situation. May God bless.

  61. 6-25-2012

    So uplifting and inspirational to read Aimee’s update this morning. I have been a little busy lately and failed to check in but I have been following her story for the most part since day one after my friend Lynn Jordan asked us to pray for her. I am truly amazed by Aimee’s spirit above anything else. What a special young lady she is. She has the heart of a Lion and is wise beyond her years. To realize that she is blessed not only to be alive but blessed because she is different and can help others through her disability is truly amazing. My first prayers I sent up for Aimee was that God would save her young life and then my prayers evolved to not only to save her life but that He would make her a living testimony that would touch other peoples lives who were in the “dark”. It appears that our Father had that intention all along and I’m do delighted to read this update and to know that it’s not only what we wished for her but that is Aimee’s desire as well. God Bless you Aimee and God bless all of you. Your entire family is an inspiration to us all.
    Peace and Love,
    Wendy Milich

  62. 6-25-2012

    There just aren’t the words. It is truly a blessing, by the grace of God.

  63. 6-25-2012

    I’ve been following your progress with great interest and prayers. YOu have been given a tremendous opportunity to change the lives of those around you and others whom you may contact who are also suffering loss. The way you have coped is an inspiration to us all. May God allow you to continue to inspire others in the future. We are
    with you in prayer and in spirit.

    Susan

  64. 6-25-2012

    I know you have a long road to go, but with your courageous attitude and God’s help you will make it! God Bless You and keep up the good work!

  65. 6-25-2012

    Aime has sido una nina fuerte con muchas ansias de vivir , tiene un angel que te esta brindando el soporte que necesitas ,No te rindas eres un ser de inspiracion la fe es lo ultimo que podemos perder en esta vida si has llegado hasta hoy ya el proposito que Dios tiene para ti se esta cumpliendo eres una guerrera en cristo Jesus . Agarrate a el fuertemente no te decaigas solo queda esperar y el momento de el final llegara no te rindas ,recuerda solo Dios pone el dia y el momento y ya estas viviendo aunque tal vez no lo creas estas el milagro que el esta demostrandote a ti .Desde mi Kioskito en Aguada Puerto Rico Cafe Jataka mi esposo y hijos estamos pendiente a tu progreso que esta proximo en llegar .Nuestra constante oraciones y bendiciones estaran diariamente para que Jesus te siga fortaleciendote declarando sanacion Dios la bendiga a usted y le siga fortaleciendo a su familia. Saludos.Waleska Velez

  66. 6-25-2012

    Thank you so much for sharing Aimed’s progress. How someone lives their life can give strength to others. I admire your family’s courage and willingness to be open about your journey.

    My prayers continue to be with you and I will treasure today in a different light because of you.

    god bless all of you!

  67. 6-25-2012

    Andy,
    Thank you for the update. Your words are so eloquent and so incredibly insightful. Aimee is so very blessed to have you as her father. I continue to pray daily for your whole family and my family and I hope to meet you at the 5K next Saturday. I’ll be the bilateral below knee amputee walkin and rollin for your special Aimee. God bless, so glad to hear of her continued progress. ~ Jean Law

  68. 6-25-2012

    Aimee’s courage and that of your entire family inspire me every day. I have a daughter facing a lifelong medical challenge (of a different sort) and I shared Aimee’s story with her. I share in sending love and prayers with the thousands of people who are rooting for Aimee. As a parent, I know that your being there for Aimee makes all the difference. Love, Jean Cantu

  69. 6-25-2012

    May God Bless Aimee and the rest of her family. She truly is amazing.

  70. 6-25-2012

    I pray that God will continue to bless Ami in her heart, mind, and body.

  71. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Social media is awesome to me in that it gives me the ability to get to know & pray for people I do not even know. Makes me feel useful somehow. :-) I will continue to pray and know that God will use this experience to show His glory. People of faith often ask “why” do good people suffer? My friends who have no faith ask me why God lets that happen. I remind them that Christ did not heal every person when He was with us. His plans are not our plans but I have enough faith to believe in his promises. May you and your family hold tight to those promises in the days ahead. Bless you all.

  72. 6-25-2012

    Aimee continues to amaze me! This young ladies faith and grace puts this older woman to shame! I will always think of Aimee and others before I complain about a little discomfort again! God has answered so many prayers and I feel honored to personally know one chosen by HIM! Great things are in store for dear Aimee and I can’t wait to see what an impact she makes on many, many people! God Bless all of you and I can’t wait to see all of you at the lake….soon!

  73. 6-25-2012

    Aimee;

    What an amazing woman you are! I think most of us would give up where you see an opportunity to make the best of it. I have been following your story and your fathers blog. It really makes you think “What if I was in your shoes…How would I do?”
    I wish you the best and I am sure you will be a winner at that!

    Get well Soon!

    Thomas Barnes
    Rochester, New York

  74. 6-25-2012

    Amiee remains an inspiration to me as well. Her courage and strength are qualities of legends. My family continues praying for yours.

  75. 6-25-2012

    From Puerto Rico I am sending my prayers and wishes for Aimee full recovery. She is brave and so mature. Her response to your question “I mean that I am blessed to have the opportunity to experience something that not many other people have the chance to experience. I am blessed to be able to have a challenge that not many others get to have. I am blessed to have the capacity to share my experience with others and have a chance to improve the quality of someone else’s life. I’m blessed to be different.” touch my heart. As I go on my way to work I have Aimee in my heart…her words are with me in my day to day life. Bless her.

  76. 6-25-2012

    Be strong!!!!! I am praying for you and your health all the way from Venezuela!!!

  77. 6-25-2012

    You all remain in my thoughts & prayers.
    Thanks for sharing Aimee’s journey.

    Glad there is more daytime now.

  78. 6-25-2012

    Oh how I adore this daughter of yours, that I only know through your beautiful words…

  79. 6-25-2012

    I am truly inspired by Amiee and the whole family. You all are very amazing, loving, and strong people. I think many of us could learn a lot from how you all live your life. Amiee is so strong and I am thankful and blessed to be reading her story. Amiee, you are so special and so amazing. I hope I am raising my two daughters to have the same outlook in life like you do. I am learning from reading these posts how to appreciate what we have and accept and welcome the difficult times because they too are blessings. Thank you. Thank you for being strong and letting the world learn from you. My family thinks and prays for you often.

  80. 6-25-2012

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!so glad to hear that Aimee is doing better..I continue to pray for her and the family….God Bless You

  81. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s story from when the accident happened. Once a week, I look for her update from her wonderful, loving father. Twenty-eight years ago my sister was in a terrible accident where she lost her right leg. She had to endure the pain of the skin grafts. The doctors took the muscle on her back that is used mostly for chin up exercises and a patch of skin from her left hip to cover the exposed bone on her leg. While her and I were at the hospital ( mom and our other sister had to go back to work and I was on lay off) she asked me to call our dad, she wanted to see him. I called him and asked him to come and told him that if he didn’t want to see our mom that he could come doing the week. He never showed, didn’t send a card or flowers or call or anything. That hurt her so bad. When you write about Aimee it is so beautiful to read and feel the love you have for her. Aimee will be okay because of you and your support for her. Your powerful love is truly amazing, your words and actions reflect that. Family support will get her through this. God bless you and your family and prayers will always be coming your way.

  82. 6-25-2012

    I fly from North Carolina to CA every two weeks, and it is amazing
    How many people follow Aimee , all prayers are with you , and soon with your continued progress and fight you will get to go home and start enjoying life again .
    Cheers,
    Thomas

  83. 6-25-2012

    Continuig my prayers for Aimee. What a truly special and inspiring young lady. I have a feeling that once she gets past her current health struggles, she will be very successful at whatever she does. God BLess.

    • 6-25-2012

      Please pardon my typos!

  84. 6-25-2012

    To hear that Aimee is improving,is good to hear and I thank and praise God for His healing. Just that she survived is a miracle in it’s self. I prayed many nights for Aimee and it is wonderful that to know that God get’s the credit for the “great things He has done”.

  85. 6-25-2012

    I woke up this morning feeling less than satisfied with how things seem to be going in my life. Then I read your blog about your amazing daughter and I am reminded to appreciate what I do have and not what I do not have. It is beyond belief that someone could accept what your daughter has accepted and be thankful for the opportunities that she has experienced! I think about all that she has gone through and all she will have to endure and I think to myself she is indeed an inspiration to people around the world.

    I also wanted to tell you that your words are very rich and moving. You truly have a gift of telling a story and bringing whomever is reading your words into your world. Keep writing – even as your daughter grows in this experience, you are helping keep others “grounded in life”.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas and for the blessing that you and your family bring to others.

    May God continue to bless your family!

    • 6-25-2012

      It is hard to put into words the encouragement that you convey while you face such trying times, Clearly God has blessed you and your family. Continue to be strong and have faith that
      god is doing what we cant… God bless…

  86. 6-25-2012

    Praying for Aimee and your family. What an inspiring post to read! It truly reminds us all that we are to face our difficulties and make good out of it not only for our sake but for others.

  87. 6-25-2012

    What a strong strong family yall are. I have been praying for Aimee and y’all. What an amazing young woman indeed!!!! What an inspiration!!!!! I will continue to keep y’all in my prayers!!! God Bless you all as indeed he already has been!!! Hugs for you all!!!

  88. 6-25-2012

    A beautiful testimony of God’s Will! God Bless you Aimee and your entire family. This has been and continues to be a difficult journey, but you all seem to find the strength and comfort that only comes from a faithfulness in our Lord. Prayers continue.

    In Christ’s Name,
    Nancy Yoder, Stockbridge, GA

  89. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for the posts! They have been a huge encouragement and challenge to my perspective on life’s difficulties. We are doing a Bible study right now on Contentment. It is so easy to get wrapped up in discontment-focusing on those things we don’t have…looking to those who have more and feeling we have been overlooked, instead of looking at the great blessings we have and being overwhelmed with gratitiude. Aimee’s perspective through her struggles has helped me see a whole new slant on this thinking. She can’t look to those who have deeper struggles and so feel blessed in what she doesn’t have to carry, but instead finds the place to feel blessed IN the struggles. Amazing!”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed…therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (fr 2 Cor.) Thank you so much Aimee and family, for putting everything in perspective in my life today!I know you are touching many other lives as well! I’m praying for you all. ~Mary

  90. 6-25-2012

    I have been following your blog for quite some time, Mr. Copeland… and for some reason had never commented on it. After reading this post, I just had to write something. Your daughter, your family, and the fact that you are sharing this journey that you are all on is truly a gift. I can’t begin to imagine how much you have all gone through during this ordeal…but by sharing your daughter’s amazing courage, strength, and fearlessness with me and with the world, you inspire every single one of us to keep going, to not quit in the face of adversity, to strive to push a little harder, stick with it a little longer, to believe in miracles where you least expect to find them. In the moments where I used to complain about things (my coffee being too cold, the weather being too hot, my paycheck being not quite enough…) I realize that I need to be grateful for having that coffee to drink, for the ability to work and the pride that comes from having a job… I think of Aimee every day and in all those little moments where I might have complained in the past, I now say a prayer and I thank God for the gift of your daughter in my life. God bless you and your family!

  91. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, Please know that your strength is truly an inspiration. I have seen some amazing things in my life, but this truly is like TOP 10 in my book. Most news’ stories are far off situations to unknown people that tug at our hearts for a few moments, only for us to change the channel and change our thoughts. No one wants to dwell too long on another’s suffering for surely our time will come sooner or later to be the recipient of sadness. Until then, we do not want to deal with it.

    In your case however, I could not change the channel. I could not change my thoughts. Your experience did not go away when I closed the computer window, but stayed in my heart and my thoughts. I think I speak for several in this regard. I appreciate your family for keeping us updated. Your suffering is something that is truly your own, but we all, in a way, have taken on board some of your pain. Each day that you get better, the vice that holds the rest of us so tightly eases a little as well. I will not “change the channel” on you until I am 100% sure that you are completely healed from this experience, and even then, I will still sometimes look you up to see that you are still well. Until then, you have my attention and with that my thoughts, prayers and best wishes. I, like many others, am supporting you from the distance. When you get weak, reach out- we are here to hold your hand for surely you are holding onto our hearts.
    Keep getting better dear Aimee… the world is holding their breath until you do and when it is all over, and one day soon, I hope all of us can exhale together and breath in deep to sing songs of rejoicing for your recovery.

    Staying tuned…. -Stacey

  92. 6-25-2012

    I live in England and have been following your blog over the last few weeks. Aimee is much an inspiration & i keep her in my prayers. God bless you and your family x
    Emma ~ Milton Keynes, England

  93. 6-25-2012

    what a truly amazing daughter you have. I am in awe everytime i read something she has said. I could never have the courage she has. Praying for your family today and always.

  94. 6-25-2012

    Andy
    I do hope you are keeping all of your journal entries. You writing style is great and honest. When I read your post about Aimee not waiting to take pain med, I knew then Amiee was doing OK. I felt she was testing herself so that in the future she would be able to assist and inspire others who are in the same situation, because she has been through it. She will be able to honestly say that she knows when to go with out pain meds and when it is needed. This ordeal that she has had to endure is experience that someday will help others. I say that God always does things for a reason…we may not know what the reason is at that time but some day it will be explained. Aimee is going to be fine, I think that she is going to be able to pick up where she left off and do great things with her life. Please keep those blog post coming. Hugs to all of you!
    Pam in North Carolina

  95. 6-25-2012

    When I read your blogs, I’m not only amazed at the strength found within Aimee, but the strength you and your wife protrait. Blessings.

  96. 6-25-2012

    I continue to think of Aimee and wish her all the best in confronting the enormous challenges she faces. God bless her and her family.

  97. 6-25-2012

    I can’t believe the strength and knowledge that Aimee possesses. She truly is an inspiration! I hope to teach my 2 young daughters as well as you have taught her. Aimee is a candle in the darkness, hope in these times of turmoil all over the world. God speaks through her and I hear it everytime I read your posts about her. God bless her and thank you for sharing your journey Aimee <3

  98. 6-25-2012

    God Bless to all of you. Aimee your strength and Faith are astounding and very humbling. I wish for you continued peace and comfort I think of you every day. I was just outside of your burn center on Saturday and to think you might have been outside at that very moment. I am so proud of you and for you.

  99. 6-25-2012

    Wow, Aimee you are amazing. I don’t know how anyone could have such a great attitude after all you have been through, and especially after being closed up in a hospital for so long. I too believe firmly in the healing power of nature and choose to live with my kids way back in the woods. I was in the hospital recently for two measly days and was half out of my mind, more from the lack of freedom to be outside and go places than the pain and discomfort I was in. I am so thankful you have Faith to carry you through all of this, so thankful you have such a wonderful family. I have a newly diagnosed medical problem that is serious but nothing compared to what you are going through so when I feel sorry for myself I think of you, my fellow GA girl, and realize I have no right to whine or feel sorry for myself. You are an inspiration and I know there will be many who inspire you in your new and different life. You definitely seem like someone who is up to any challenge thrown your way. God bless you as you continue your healing journey.

  100. 6-25-2012

    I check every day for updates on your family. Aimee is the most amazing and beautiful person I have ever seen. Your entire family is amazing and she is very blessed to have y’all. I just wish I could give all of u a hug. In the beginning when they didn’t know if they were going to remove Aimee’s other leg or not, I was telling my daughter that I would be willing to give one of my legs to save one of Aimee’s…even though that is not possible. I wish u all the best and I’m so happy Aimee is getting better and survived this horrible tragedy. Lots of love to your family:)

  101. 6-25-2012

    Dear Copeland Family, dear Aimee,
    All I can say, and I know I am not alone in doing so is WOW! Because it says it all.
    Anna in Denmark

  102. 6-25-2012

    As always, your blog has brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing woman of God you have!! May He continue to bless Aimee and the rest of your family with patience and courage.

  103. 6-25-2012

    The strength of both Aimee and her family are amazing. It is incredible the amount of love and patience and understanding. Our love and prayers goes out to you as well as wishes for “day” to finally come and bring with it peace and joy as you continue to stay strong through this new part of your life.

  104. 6-25-2012

    Dear Family,

    Blessed! Amazing to me! Aimee is super human!!! Never in my wildest dreams would I expect this response from a young beautiful woman that has endured so many losses. I can’t seem to wrap my mind around her words of such incredible strength and courage.

    You have raised an incredible young woman. I hope she can share her secrets one day in a book, so more of us can learn her secret to overcome any obstacle in life. I pray she will write a book, so many others can learn and grow to be better people in our own lives when faced with adversity from her incredible story of hope and courage. Oh my goodness, I’m simply amazed.

    I am 55 years old with three grown children (Aimee’s age) and as we all know, life beats us up at times. We are faced with challenges, faced with sorrow, faced with loss, faced with disappointments, faced with severe pain. I am in awe of your precious Aimee. When learning of Aimee’s suffering, I immediately reflected…..how does a beautiful young woman like Aimee go on? How does she overcome? How does she find peace, joy, happiness?

    When you shared her latest outing to the outdoor pine trees and her words of inspiration….I feel very small. Suffering and loss has taken me to my knees many times in my life, praying to God to help me. Overcome with grief. Thinking can I go on again? Can I ever be happy again?

    I have never suffered the tradegy that Aimee has, now my losses/pain seem so very small. So insignificant. So petty.

    After hearing Aimee’s words, my heart should be filled with joy and peace. My heart should be happy, positive, and I should never cry another tear.

    I pray for Aimee’s continued incedible courage and peace with her new challenges. But, I am positive that this young woman will trimuph. Aimee already has trimuphed! She is a hero nationwide!

  105. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for sharing your walk with God through these difficult moments. It has humbled me and helped me to separate the petty inconveniences that my life has that I once thought were important. My children have made decisions that I strongly dislike but I can now open my heart unconditionally. My kids may not be close to me now, but I have been blessed with independent children who are healthy, whole, and able to make their own decisions. Aimee’s blog has helped me return to God love after some Life experiences that I now realize were truly insignificant events. Thank you and God Bless

  106. 6-25-2012

    i think about Aimee everyday and i pray for her and all of you. She is a very strong young lady and im so glad she has a wonderful loving family that loves her and stands with her i know God has a plan for her life that is perfect. God bless each of you and i pray for a speedy recovery.

  107. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, you are truly an inspiration! Thank you for showing the world how to take a tremendous challenge with such grace. I have followed your battle for life from the beginning, checking in on your condition through the news media and your dads blog posts. I have prayed for you from the beginning and will continue to do so….you won’t be forgotten! I also pray for your precious family.

    I love you, Aimee, my sister in Christ

    Stacy Smith, Fayetteville , GA

  108. 6-25-2012

    She is not only an inspiration to you, but an inspiration to us all. My family continues to pray for your all every day. I can only imagine how much the outdoors trip could lift ones spirits. I get a little down during our cloudy and dreary winters. I couldn’t imagine spending so many days inside in a small room. I’m glad she sees this as an opportunity. Whether knowingly or not, she has already been inspiring and giving strength to millions of people around the world. Bless you all!

    • 6-25-2012

      Sorry for the typos…it’s early :)

  109. 6-25-2012

    Wow. What a testimony. Just want you to know my Emmaus Walk Men’s Breakfast group has been praying for Aimee for several weeks and will continue to do so!

  110. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, I am happy you got out a bit. I can’t imagine what you are going through but I do know one thing you are such a brave young girl. The prayers are coming your way!

  111. 6-25-2012

    I continue to be amazed by Amy’s courage and strength. I follow this story every chance I get and it inspires me to be more patient with things. Amy, your Dad is also amazing with the words he writes as he tells your story. What a blessing he is to you! Keep up the good fight. God Bless you and your family.

  112. 6-25-2012

    So truly inspiring! So many get well prayers being sent your way. May God continue to bless her and her family.

  113. 6-25-2012

    God bless Aimee and family. You are an excellent writer, and have the ability to express feelings without many words.

  114. 6-25-2012

    As I continue to follow Aimee’s progress, I am amazed to read of all your faith. I am also very thankful! I too am a Christian and it is such a blessing to me to pray for your during this time. Your testimony of faith will continue to inspire those around you (far and wide). I will continue to pray for Aimee’s healing and strength that can only come from God. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  115. 6-25-2012

    Dear Copelands -

    You all are a testimony of God’s grace – your posts about Aimee and your faith remind me why we live – to be the fragrance of Christ. Aimee should, indeed, always have the option of grieving and mourning and crying out to God as should her parents and sister – we pray you will know it is safe to do so with your Father in heaven. My daughter has a form of muscular dystrophy and is fully disabled physically but her mind, heart and soul far surpass most of humanity – her faith is what sometimes gets me through the day. She recently wrote a book about the character of God and I would like to send you a copy – is there an address I might send this to?

    You continue in the prayers of saints throughout the world-
    Mercy –
    Lynn MacDougall

  116. 6-25-2012

    Our God is amazing and your family is too.

  117. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for the update and so good to hear Aimee’s pain has somewhat subsided. I have thought about her every day and anxiously check your blog for updates daily. As a Mom, I feel a certain protective nature over my children and Aimee has become like one of my own. I hope all is well and say a prayer for her every chance I can. But I also know that God had blessed her with an amazing family and that I am just one of many people who will be blessed to be inspired by her. :) I have always been a positive thinker and joke that although true, even my blood type is B positive; but Aimee’s courageous and strength will no doubt inspire and help more people than she can ever imagine. God Bless you all!

  118. 6-25-2012

    I am truly in awe! The love you have for your daughter is like none you see often! As I sit here and read your blog I am moved to tears. Some tears are for her pain. Some are for her suffering. Some are because of her loss. But most are because she touches my heart down deep. She is a tower of strength! She is what a TRUE child of God is! She has more faith than anyone I have ever seen! Your family inspires me so much! I can’t imagine how difficult the past 49 days have been but your family’s amazing faith and trust in our ALMIGHTY GOD is unbelievable! I will continue to pray for Aimee and your family! Please tell her that! God’ grace is sufficient! May he keep blessing you all!

  119. 6-25-2012

    Thank you Aimee for these words, The Lord is using you abundantly. These are the words I greatly needed to hear today.Help me O Lord to recognize Your opportunities in my difficulties.”

  120. 6-25-2012

    What an inspiration your whole family is to everyone. It is so marvelous to hear of all the people who are praying for and encouraging Aimee and the whole family. God bless you for your constant positive comments and phenomenal outlook on life and all it’s challenges.

  121. 6-25-2012

    Your daughter is truly an inspiration. Her faith in God and her obvious enthusiasm for life is contagious and will probably do more good for countless people than you both will ever know. Keep fighting! Kim P from Michigan

  122. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee,

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since I first heard of your accident. At age 62 things have begun to happen physically to me that can be discouraging and challenging to say the least, but then I think of you and how your father writes about your attitude and how you all are coping. I immediately pray for you and feel the strength and grace of God flow. May God continue to bless you with strength and courage and be assured of my continued prayers and moral support.

  123. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s progress since this happened. She must be a really strong woman. I don’t know what I would do if this happened to my children. She really gives me hope in faith. She is a beautiful girl.

  124. 6-25-2012

    Can you please remove the question mark? Thanks. ?

  125. 6-25-2012

    Oh, now I know what happened, they were hearts!

  126. 6-25-2012

    Hi. I couldn’t get you out of my mind this past Friday. I was having a horrible day. At least I thought I was. Up here in Pa, people with allergies have had a horrible time with them this year. Well, mine hit me on Friday. Drip Drip Drip went my nose. A constant 8 hours of this. My head is tilted a lot during the day because of my job and this doesn’t help the drip. Just awful! Even though i thought I just can’t take this anymore, I kept thinking of Aimee. The admiration! I commend her! Even though things happen to people, I truly believe there is a reason behind it. We don’t know what the reason is yet for Aimee but give her time and we will all be astounded I’m sure! We all have to take the good with the bad and hopefully, from the bad, we can learn and grow from it. Take care Aimee and stay strong family. You have a wonderful daughter and I know you already know that. Tina

  127. 6-25-2012

    Thank you so much for this beautiful update. You are her voice now which is so inspiring!

  128. 6-25-2012

    My daughters, Jennifer Green & Stephanie (Green) Hanson went to school with Aimee & Paige and even though I never met them, my daughters remember them well. Please know that we’re all praying for Aimee and for all of you. I ask that GOD surrounds all of you with his comforting arms and help Aimee with her struggles. My mom has lung cancer and a year ago this past April, her oncologist gave her 6 months, yet she’s still here with us and will celebrate her 81st birthday on Wednesday. Our family firmly believes that it was the power of prayer and GOD’s will that she did so well with her lung surgery and she is still maintaining a strong resolve and is getting around very well. She has a strong Faith and I’ve always said she has a direct line to GOD through her prayers. As soon as I heard about Aimee’s accident and condition, I called her and asked her to put Aimee and the family on her prayer list. We’ve seen such miracles through the power of prayer and I know that GOD is using Aimee as a way of showing all the rest of us that anything can be accomplished through faith in Him and His will.

    Take care and know that our prayers continue for all of you.

    Sincerely,
    Angela Magill

  129. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for sharing the inspiring night and day story of how Amiee has progressed in the last week. I pray for Amiee to take one step at a time and be ok with every step of the healing process. Amiee is a very strong young woman and I know that God is using this journey some may think of negatively, but allowing her to show others that we can be victors in difficult times. I pray for Amiee daily and know that she will continue to move mountains!

  130. 6-25-2012

    Prayers for Aimee + her family. Her father’s understanding, insight, support + love are an role model for caregiving. You are all an inspiration.

  131. 6-25-2012

    For Aimee, Her Parents and Sister – May God continue to wrap his arms around each of you and give you all the strength you need to do what is necessary. I come to the burn/wound center weekly with my Sister who is now a paraplegic (3 yrs June 23rd) and think of you all each time I am there. She is 46 yrs old – never married, no children and our parents are both gone.
    She has yet to ever ask why me, complain, just says that God has given her a new purpose in life and she is up for the challenge. She has had a rough/tough year this year but keeps her head up and a smile on her face. With that being said, some of what you are going thru, maybe I feel a bit more compassion, strength, not sure but want you all to know that you are in our prayers and will continue to be. Maybe sometime they can meet — I feel we will be visiting the wound clinic for a while longer so… Your blog today brought tears to my eyes and I feel very blessed to of read it. When we feel down, always remember there is worse than yourslf! God’s Blessings to you all.

  132. 6-25-2012

    Mr. Copeland – I’ve been keeping up with Aimee on your blog and Facebook site. For some reason today’s update brought me to tears (good tears:)). What an amazing daughter you have – she has every right to be angry with the universe and isn’t – but I’m not really surprised. I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but reading her story and your blog entries I know that she is strong because of the family foundation she has. You are also amazing because your blog entries are so full of optimism and love for your daughter – you don’t dwell on the negativity either. It appears that it is in Aimee’s genes to fight for her life, consider what she DOES have instead of what she doesn’t, continue to adore her family and – of all the unexpected things – perceive the changes in her life as an “opportunity”. (When I read the word “opportunity” in your blog, I thought “get out of town !!!” – what a unique girl!!!) She is an unbelievable example to others her age as well as those of us not so much her age:). I will continue to send prayers and positive thoughts to Aimee, you and the rest of your family. I look forward to your updates. Take Care. Kristin Lee – Noblesville, Indiana

  133. 6-25-2012

    Hi. This is Shawn from Chiefland, Florida. I want to tell you and Aimee that her thoughts and words on being different sums up the word acceptance and grace. This nation and world need so much more of those two words. To see courage and difference in the same sentence or explanation is very rare these days. Aimee the day you finally went outside I believe you got a heavenly glimpse to go see God’s therapy room. You have many of his therapists around you too. Your smile and courage come out in your father’s words. He has been blessed with the gift of writing your journey and your parents journey from God.God will use your parents to help your shine through this experience. God bless you. I thank you for being an inspiration. Look me up on facebook sometime. I find these interesting articles sometimes.

  134. 6-25-2012

    Such an inspirational story! I continue to pray for you all daily. God Bless!
    Sonja West

  135. 6-25-2012

    WOW is all I can say. Her positive outlook on all of this is amazing. Aimee, you are an inspiration to us all! May we all have this outlook on life! Sending prayers your way for a fast recovery and for continued strength! You are a fighter Aimee!

  136. 6-25-2012

    Once again I am amazed by your beautiful thoughts and well written words. Your family is in my thoughts daily and I pray that God will continue to give you all strength and bless you! I am certainly more aware of my own blessings through your words. God bless Aimee! God bless your family!

  137. 6-25-2012

    Praying for all of you every day. Praying that God’s amazing grace will continue to inspire you and lift you during all of your moments.

  138. 6-25-2012

    Wow, what an amazing young woman. God bless Aimee and your entire family.

  139. 6-25-2012

    Good Morning to all of you,

    Thank you so much for sharing this journey with all of us so that we may help by pray and support all of you. Aimee is such an INSPIRATION to so many people, her journey inspires us to take on even the greatest of challenges with FAITH!!!
    I hope you have a BLESSED day and may PEACE fill your hearts..

    Sincerely,
    Kim Follano

  140. 6-25-2012

    What a completely amazing young woman. An attitude truly like no other I’ve ever met. I wish we were all “Aimees”. Imagine what the world would be like.

  141. 6-25-2012

    Good morning Aimee and family! I’ve read some of your Dad’s blogs over the past few weeks. I’m a Christian and shouldn’t be amazed, but I am, at you and your family’s strength! What a testimony of faith you all are! I have a lot to say, but I don’t even know how to say it. I will just let you know that I have been praying for your health and for strength for you and your family. I know there are oodles of people out there doing the same! You have endured way more than anyone should have to! I am truly sorry you have had to go through such intense pain and loss. I do realize it can be used for God’s glory and you surely have allowed that! Kisses and hugs to you and your sweet family! Thanks for being an encouragement to me, but know you are human, and we all understand when those times of “Why me?” come. Bless your heart, Becky!

  142. 6-25-2012

    She IS an incredible inspiration to me. And SO ARE YOU. So don’t you forget that.
    God Bless.

  143. 6-25-2012

    Mr. Copeland,

    This particular entry of your blog has reached ineffably deep within me. I’m a 21 year old nursing student from California who is currently attending Penn in Philadelphia. A little over a year and a half ago I was forced to take a medical leave of absence after being diagnosed with major depressive disorder. I am normally attuned to the small triggers of beauty and blessings in our everyday lives, but for a dark period I was shut off from them and my family stepped in and brought me home.

    I know the pain that Aimee has endured is different and beyond what I went through, but reading the moment when she was outside, soaking in the Nature Therapy surrounding her brought me so close to the moment I could breathe without depression’s chokehold.

    I was further improved by taking a course at Penn called Living Deliberately, in which we were required to take a month of complete silence and abstinence from technology – this too led me to appreciate further what so many others take for granted, and I am also blessed to be able to say that I can and have used my experience to help friends and anyone else who reaches out.

    Your daughter is incredible, inspiring and beautiful. Please let her know her faith has reminded me to keep hold of mine forever. My thoughts are with her continuing recovery and my hopes are that she continues to see how much of a blessing she truly is.

    Thank you for your words.
    -MK

  144. 6-25-2012

    God bless you, Aimee! I am a grandmother in NC who teaches Sunday School. The kids in my class pray for you and when I give them updates, they usually know more about your progress than I do! Even though these kids have never met you, they care about you and they pray for you. I am tucking away your comments, your determination, your journey so that I can share it with others in their times of adversity. You are, and will continue to be, an inspiration to many!

  145. 6-25-2012

    Aimee God has blessed you .And the DeFalco’s are praying for you

    Luigi DeFalco

  146. 6-25-2012

    After having just read this blog, I remembered how blessed I am. In our daily lives we all tend to forget this. All of us are here on earth for such a short time, that we take for granted our days. I’m going threw a difficult period and in a major funk. You story reminded me that it is what I make of it and if I change my outlook it would change. Thank you for this reminder. When I first read Aimee story in the local paper I offered up a prayer for her and then went on with my day and forgot the important part of life, it is what we make of it. May God continue to Bless all of you.

  147. 6-25-2012

    thank you for creating such an amazing women and thank you Aimee for existing and shining so much in this time of darkness.
    Gold Bless you ALL

  148. 6-25-2012

    I’m so thrilled that you were able to go outside!!! I was speechless when I read that. I pray that Chris is able to make that a possibility for you often.

    Your positive attitude is an inspiration to all of us, I’m sure you haven’t heard that before. Lol

    I’m sending gently hugs and prayers every day. :0)

    Brenda

  149. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is a very strong women indeed and as you say there will be times that hits her hard but with god’s grace she will pull through. She is an amazing young woman with such strength that is hard to find. Everything happens for a reason and only god knows the reason but with Aimee I believe the reason is to show what strength there is in the love of god and family. My respect and prayers go out to Aimee and you and the rest of the family. God Bless you all. Sheila

  150. 6-25-2012

    I only heard about Amiee through the news/login screen that pops up when you log into AOL. For some reason I clicked on the link to read her story…and Im glad I did. Amiee has truely touched my heart and opened it up as it has shut for so long. I want to thank her for that. And I want to let her know that there are people out there that look up to her for her strength and bravery. I will continue to pray for you Miss Amiee.

  151. 6-25-2012

    Aimee has to be one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever read about. Her courage and strength are a profound testament to her faith in God. I truly believe that her story will reach into the hearts of many who have little or no faith and help them to see a God who loves us and holds us in His arms during such difficult times. Aimee has affected me personally just by inspiring me to ‘get off the couch’! I struggle with being active sometimes, just because of pure laziness. I ‘know’ I need to exercise..but I just don’t ‘feel’ like it. After reading Aimee’s story, when I have those thoughts I just think of Aimee and so many in similar situations that can’t go do those things, or at least struggle with being able to do those things. That inspires me to not only get off the couch, but to push myself to do better than I would have. She’s also inspiring me to get out and do things that are out of my comfort zone, simply because I am able to do so without limitations.
    I know Aimee will inspire so many amputees who struggle with their new ‘normal’, but I believe Aimee will also have an impact on people like myself, who just need that little extra push of confidence or will to do something.
    Thank you for this blog and for sharing Aimee’s story. I am praying for the whole family, and I look forward to many more updates of Aimee’s progress.
    God Bless You All!!

  152. 6-25-2012

    To the Copeland family,

    My name is Ashley Whitt. I had a chance of meeting you all some weeks ago. And I must say, it was truly inspiring and such a blessing for me. Not only did it change my outlook on life, but I felt much inspiration and such positive energy from y’all. I have high respect for Aimee. She has fought so hard and to see that she is still not done fighting, after 49 days, blows my mind. She is such a beautiful woman, on the inside and outside. No matter what happens, she has such an amazing family by her side.. And pretty much the rest of the world. She has inspired so many people and she has also inspired me. This was Gods plan from the very beginning. He picked Aimee because of her strength. I have cried for Aimee, I have laughed for Aimee, and I have prayed for Aimee. I will continue all of this. I wish there were something I could do other than just send an e-mail. My Grammy puts the most awesome gift baskets together. Maybe I could send Aimee a gift basket. But back to everything else, words cannot describe the way I feel towards such a strong woman and her family without even knowing you all. My prayers will continue to go out and I wish the best to y’all!

  153. 6-25-2012

    Dear Andy,
    Thank you for so transparently sharing. I deeply appreciate Aimee’s insight. Our family has been through some valleys in the last few years and we have learned that our “challenges” are God’s opportunities to reveal His strength in our lives. I have 5 daughters and 10 granddaughters and your family is in my prayers daily. Aimee is remarkable but so is God! As much as I thought I knew Philippians 4:13 in the past, I have begun to understand its full meaning in recent years. I believe Aimee’s “difficulty” is no accident because through her “challenges” God can open doors for her to have an unbelievable impact on the lives of many! I look for your updates daily and you are all in our prayers. Ron Hamilton’s song Rejoice in the Lord has been a special blessing to us and so has your family. jg

  154. 6-25-2012

    Thanks for keeping us up to date. Aimee is a true inspiration to many, which this world needs. God bless you all for your love and support, your family is like a milky way of shining stars for Aimee.

  155. 6-25-2012

    Praise god for this wonderful update on day 49 of Aimee’s amazing road to full recovery. I truly admire her courage and tenacity as well. What a wonderful and Christlike reaction by stating how blessed she felt to be able to undergo a challenge that many may not have a chance to experience. You must truly be proud of Aimee and you have raised her up well. Truly ,our good lord will definitely not allow us to be tested in ways beyond our capabilities to handle and undergo such trials and testing for sure. Aimee has truly passed such “testing” (if any) with flying colours and revealed her godlike Christian character and composure for the world to see. Her words are a living testimony of how a Christian should react in trying circumstances as well. Truly, she is a shining example on how one is to be a salt of the earth and light of the world. With christ in the vessel, we can smile at the storm. One wonders what great things is install for her. I am hereby reminded of “The sufferings of Job” with its glorious and happy ending and i sincerely believe and trust that this is what will happen here with Aimee as well. We serve a great god with plans to prosper us and not to harm us. We also serve a risen saviour who loves and cares for us. Andy, thanks so vey much for sharing and engaging the world through Aimee’s temporary predicament. I for one has now at this very moment been ministered to by Aimee. Although i work in a very competitive and tough plus highly pressured target based environment and had earlier entertained thoughts of quitting, Aimee has now given me the inner strength to soldier on, press on, stay calm,stay strong,be gracious,be accepting of one’s situation too.
    Aimee has taught me to definitely count and name my blessings one by one and in every situation, to give thanks to our god for this is the will of Christ Jesus concerning me. Although i am in Penang, Malaysia a country in South East Asia and pretty far from Georgia, i just feel so connnected with you and family. You be rest assured that Aimee is in our prayer agenda daily and you be strong for her coz’ god is definitely in control. My two children, Bryan age 12 and Rachel age 9 sends their love greetings and i have taken the liberty to update both of them a couple of minutes ago on Aimee’s
    condition as well. My hometown is also an island resort and you and family are most welcome to visit some day soon with full sponsorship! May god’s bountiful grace and abundant blessings chase and overtake you and family always!!! God bless always, sincerely from all of us:Michael, Lee Sian, Bryan and Rachel. Email: yoong.michael@gmail.com Mobile contact: 0060195287788.

  156. 6-25-2012

    WOW-You have raised an incredible daughter. I was feeling down and out this morning until I ran across your blog on facebook. Your words of wisdom and news of Aimee’s progress were great inspiration to turn my day around and look at life differently. I’m so excited to hear great news of Aimee’s progress. She is an amazing young woman to be admired by so many. Tell her the world loves her and is praying for her! Thank you for your post! I hope Aimee and her family have an awesome day and even more awesome night! God Bless!

  157. 6-25-2012

    All I can say is you are an amazing family and My family is praying for your recovery.

    love. The Wadsworth Family.

  158. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for posting these letters to us. I enjoy reading them tremendously. They give me hope.
    shannon

  159. 6-25-2012

    Your last post made me cry!! I was sitting her feeling sorry for myself due to some challenges I’m going through and know I want to have Aimee’s attitude! What an amazing woman of God that I respect SO MUCH!! God will greatly bless her and your whole family. I will pray for quick healiing, high spirits, and no pain. God bless!!!!
    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

  160. 6-25-2012

    You are truly amaizing, your strength and outlook on what has happend is inspirational. I have alot going on in my life but then I see what you have been going through and I say to myself, “get over if, if Amy can go through all this, you have nothing to complain about”. Stay strong and keep enjoying the outdoors, the sun shining on your face will always make things feel better.

    Missy
    Fox Lake, IL

  161. 6-25-2012

    wow! this news almost leaves me speechless. even though amy deserves the grace to be “less than perfect”, i don’t think she’ll really ever dwell too much on the negative. i think she’s a rare person, chosen by God, to be an inspiration to the world. may God bless you all and continue to shower you with His strength, courage and grace.

  162. 6-25-2012

    What an inspiration your Aimee is to all who read about her!

  163. 6-25-2012

    Prayers for Aimee, from Louisiana…We keep a candle burning for you at St. Rita’s Catholic Church.You are truly an amazing young woman… your great faith,strength & courage…are absolutely incredible !!!

    An Irish Prayer !

    May God give you…
    For every storm, a rainbow,
    For every tear, a smile,
    For every care, a promise,
    And a blessing in each trial.
    For every problem life sends,
    A faithful friend to share,
    For every sigh, a sweet song,
    And an answer for each prayer.

    God Bless You,& Watch Over You,Aimee

  164. 6-25-2012

    I am so amazed and in awe of Amy, and the entire family! God is going to use Amy and this family to touch and change so many lives. She already has! What an inspiration. May God continue to bless Amy, your family and each person that is praying for her. Thank you for your blogs – I look forward to each update. The sun may not always be shining in her room but is forever shining in her heart!

  165. 6-25-2012

    I lost most of my right eyelid to NF a few years ago, but that seems like nothing compared to what Aimee is enduring; my heart is with you as are my prayers. – David

  166. 6-25-2012

    Write a book together about this experience (Andy and Aimee). I, and I suspect many others, would RUN to the bookstore to get it. Aimeee has the potential to be one of the most inspiring people in history, and Andy one of the most gifted writers. I admire your incredible, amazing, unwavering faith Copeland family!

  167. 6-25-2012

    What a wonderful testament to Aimee’s strength! Thank you for sharing this story and reminding us that we should not take anything in our lives for granted! Prayers continuing for Aimee! God bless you all!!

  168. 6-25-2012

    Five years ago my life was craziness. I had been married for almost three years, I had a little boy that was almost two years old, and I had a husband that was in and out of rehab for an addiction to crack cocaine. I was working at my job almost ten hours a day, five days a week, and I felt like I was my life was totally spinning out of control. Then on June 13, 2007 I was at work as any other day and something happened that totally turned my life around. It was a beautiful day The sun was shining, and it looked as if I was going to have a great day and get off early to spend some time with my son. Right before lunch time I was driving down a country road doing my job when a teenaged boy came around a corner on a country road, driving too fast and cutting the corner, and hit me head on. I had no control over this. It happened so fast and if I had been able to swerve I would have driven into a creek. When I looked up after the accident I was stopped on the road and I was trapped in the car. I noticed that my left arm was sitting on the tray beside me and it was contorted in a way that I knew was bad. Thank God it didn’t hurt, adrenaline is a wonderful thing, I was begging a gentleman standing next to my car to help me get out. I didn’t realize that the car was in such bad shape and he couldn’t help me. I passed out after that and the next time that I woke up I was in a strange room and I had no idea where I was. My husband then came in and told me that I had been life flighted to a hospital in a nearby town after I was in a terrible wreck and I had been out for six days. After they moved me from ICU and placed into a hospital room my husband told me exactly what had happened in the wreck. When the young man hit me the im

  169. 6-25-2012

    Amiee I have kept up with your story from day one…..I have prayed for you everyday….I believe God let you live for a reason and he has big things in store for you…..May God bless you and be with you always.

    Lisa

  170. 6-25-2012

    Mr. Copeland, you’re right. Aimee could just be telling you what you want to hear, but let me say that I don’t believe it, and I don’t think you believe it, either. :) I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Aimee in Athens, GA last fall when she came to visit some of her friends who happened to be my new roommates. I graduated from UGA in 2009 with a degree in music, but I had been taking time off since then because I had no idea what I wanted to do. Just a few months before, I had decided to leave music behind (at least as a career), but I was lost. I had gone through a serious bout of depression my senior year in college, and even after graduating, I was still depressed and rather angry. I made a conscious decision to be more positive, and before I knew it, I had left my depression in the dust and was living a joyful, positive life, grateful for everything and everyone in my life. Of course, we can always work on ourselves, and around the time I met Aimee, I had been reading a wonderful book called “Wherever You Go, There You Are”. It’s an amazing book that presents meditation techniques with some of the most amazing advice: to live fully in each moment, without judgement, and to just be. I know I’ve prattled on for a while, but I want you, Aimee, and your family to know just WHY my brief, almost insignificant meeting with Aimee changed my life. I didn’t know what to do or where to go when I met Aimee, although I felt a small tug toward therapy and counseling. After meeting her, however, that small tug became an insistent pulling I couldn’t ignore. I got the sense from the moment I met her that she was already living fully in each moment. Aimee, of course, had read that book, and we started talking about it and her master’s work. She told me all about humanistic and transpersonal psychology, as well as nature therapy. I could see the passion in her eyes. Sitting there talking with her, I felt like she knew me and loved me and wanted everything wonderful for me. That brief time I was around Aimee, literally only four hours at the very most, inspired me. I don’t believe in coincidence, and I truly believe I was meant to meet her so she could inspire me to pursue counseling and therapy. I was blessed to have an incredible capacity for joy and love and empathy, and I believe it is my purpose in life to use my gifts to help others in whatever way I can. I can’t speak to Aimee’s purpose, but I know it’s something special. I’m blessed to have met Aimee, and I want her to know that I love her and want everything wonderful and more for her. To Aimee and your wonderful family, much love and even more peace, for now and always.
    Love,
    Andrew Frazier

  171. 6-25-2012

    I am sharing your powerful comments with my congregation. We will be praying for continued healing for ALL of you. God bless you!!

    “Lord, even in the midst of indescribable pain and suffering, this amazing young lady has spiritually matured beyond her years. Betsy ten Boom, who died at the hands of the Nazis said, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” Help this family, your precious children, to feel your love and ultimate protection in their lives. Help them to continue to be this beacon of hope to all those around them. We pray for continued healing, blessing, and strength in the days to come. In Christ the Great Physician’s name we pray, Amen.”

  172. 6-25-2012

    this post tug deep into my heart. such a blessing she was able to go outside and breathe fresh air. i am floored by your beautiful daughter and daily i am inspired to be more like her. she is incredible and i know God has given her such a strong heart. thank you for sharing her story. i feel like i know your family and i love being able to rejoice in the good and mourn in the bad.

    tell aimee she is loved immensely and that she will NEVER be alone in this. thousands of her brothers and sister in Christ are supporting her.

    <3

  173. 6-25-2012

    What an incredible life story. A true inspiration. Life is a blessing. I am amazed at your recovery. You are truly a beautiful soul… Wishing you all the best in your recovery!
    Jennifer

  174. 6-25-2012

    Your words were such an encouragement to me this morning. I have felt almost since the “first” day that Aimee would be an overcomer, that she would be a blessing to many and to God be the glory. May He continue to raise you up and use you to reach many.

  175. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is an amazing young woman. She exemplifies the power of a strong family bond. I am certain that much of the positivity that she displays is a direct result of the two wonderful parents that have raised her well and nurtured her faith. Blessings to you all.

  176. 6-25-2012

    What an amazing testimony. Brought tears to my eyes. I am continuing to pray for Aimees recovery~may God’s incredible peace surround you all.

  177. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,

    you have such an amazing outlook on life and the way people are blessed. You are such a gift. I pray you will continue to heal and get stronger…

    ~Skip

  178. 6-25-2012

    Andy, you do have a way with the written word… so beautiful and poignant. Sweet Aimee, your attitude and faith is the reason that you have and continue to touch and inspire so many of us… the fact that you can see your circumstance as a blessing is why so many of us contine to follow your story. You HAVE and WILL do amazing things with your story… keep going girl… we want to know everything! We want to learn from you! We hope that just by hearing about you, some of that amazing spirit will rub off on us! You are truly a beautiful person… mind, body, and soul. Thank you for allowing us to see what it means to live… to really live. God Bless You… but as you said, He already has!

  179. 6-25-2012

    I admire you, Aimee. For everything.

  180. 6-25-2012

    Truly amazing! What a wonderful woman she is I dont think I could have half the
    strength she does. Ive been following your story for quite awhile now and I continue to
    be shocked by the resilience of Amy. I continue to keep your family in my heart and prayers.

    God Bless

    Charlene

  181. 6-25-2012

    Praise God for what He is doing in your family. Aimee is truly a gift from God and a very courageous woman.I’m still praying for a miracle, God is able in Jesus name,amen<3

  182. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s story and am continually amazed by your family’s strength and faith in God. That is how Aimee will get through all of this. You have brought up such an intelligent and faith-based child. Her faith in God and search for the positive that will come out of this ordeal continues to amaze and inspire me. I cried as I read this post. I cried because I pictured myself in your situation with one of my sons. I cried because I would be beaming with pride as to how my child was handling this situation. Please tell Aimee that I continue to follow her story and pray for her and your whole family. She is truly one of God’s angels and your family is an example of how God wants his children to behave. Your values and dedication to God and your family are a true inspiration at a time when our society seems to have lost what is important in life. Thank you for the blogs. Please continue them. Prayers to you, Donna, Paige, and of course your dear Aimee. Jan

  183. 6-25-2012

    I am so happy to read the news of Aimee’s latest accomplishment of being able to leave her room! Its a amazing story of God’s unfailing love towards us. He never gives us more than we can handle, and wow, he sure does think highly of Aimees’s ability to take a challenge and your families as well and turn it into what she calls, a Blessing. I myself, do not feel that I could ever be that strong, however Amiee’s story is amazing inspiration to all who are following. I pray that she and your family continue to draw strength from all the Love and Prayers being sent to you daily as well as the peace of God that is always with you. The struggle that she deals with on a daily basis definitely will have its “Days and Nights” , but hopefully the nights become less and less and the Days start to shine Brighter for Aimee.

    You always talk about the amazing resilience of Aimee, and why I certainly agree with you 150% I also want to commend you and your family in this journey as well. You have been a strong leader in your family never blaming God for the recent events, but Thanking him for the life that Aimee has been blessed to keep. Your family is an inspiration, that no matter the situation, All Things Are Possible with GOD!

    Your family is in my continued prayers and heart. Please tell Aimee that she has inspired me not to give up even in the simple things of life.

    God Bless

  184. 6-25-2012

    It is easy to see where Amy gets her strength and grace from. It is amazing to see how firmly yall rely on God and trust Him in all things. It is an inspiration and an awesome reminder to count our blessings daily and to search for them in unexpected places. Continued prayers over you and yours!! God Bless Aimee!!

  185. 6-25-2012

    Thank your for the update. Her strength and courage as well as yours are a continual reminder of the power of God working in your lives. I keep you all daily in my prayers. I know that even through this God is indeed blessing you.
    As I read your words, I think how God has blessed you with an amazing ability to write and share with the world. That is also an inspiration to me.

  186. 6-25-2012

    Aimee has remained in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very pleased to hear of her strides forward. She must know that other people do indeed care and worry too over her progress. In reading your Blog Andy I can only imagine how blessed you and Donna feel to have such a remarkable daughter. She is a true inspiration and I believe one of God’s angels. In the face of adversity Aimee has a tremendous faith which will never let her down. May God continue his blessings on all of your family. We patiently wait to hear of her recovery. Be sure to tell Aimee what a wonderful young lady she is and we will continue to pray for her progress. God Bless.

  187. 6-25-2012

    Everytime I read one of your blogs I’m profoundly moved by Aimee’s grace and courage- good luck xxxx

  188. 6-25-2012

    Wow!!! Is all I can say. There I sat this morning with a bum knee feeling oh so sorry for myself. Shame on me. Aimmee, you give me renewed hope, strength, inspiration in life. I have a smart and talented daughter your age who i feel is quite similar to you. I seem to feel your pain personally because of the similarities. I have been praying for you and your family. You can only get better and GREAT things are in store for you gal!!!!!
    Thanks for letting us be part of your life, which is,again, unselfish of you.
    In one word…. AMAZING…… Thank You
    Rebecca Sebastian

  189. 6-25-2012

    I can only simply say “thank you” for sharing with us Aimee’s journey. She truly is an inspiration, and I am grateful to be able to share in her journey and recovery. Her words regarding being blessed to be different in the challenges she’s facing resounded heavily with me regarding our son with ASD – I have never grieved a moment because I have always felt that we were blessed with him as he is so that we could enjoy him and share him with others. I think of Aimee often and look forward to your blogs; I am certain that this “challenge” is something she will not just overcome, but become. Thank you Andy!

  190. 6-25-2012

    Thanks again for the update. Even though I am a firm believer of the power of prayer and God’s healing power, Aimee’s journey continues to leave me awestruck. So with my mouth hanging open, but my heart full of continued prayer, I send you greetings. Blessings to you and yours.

  191. 6-25-2012

    Wow! I am so happy to be the first poster to this! Thankyou God for Aimee! I remember when my son had cancer and then complications arose and he had to be placed in a drug induced coma. The doctors had to put him on life support because he was so sick. The doctors gave up on Bryan but God didn’t. God had a different plan and showed me a dream where he was home healthy and happy. I told the doctors that and they agreed to give him a few more days before disconnecting the life support. It was within those few days he improved drastically! He was taken off life support and was taken out of the drug induced coma. He survived! I had to watch some intense treatments take place and he did have to suffer a bit but one thing he never did was complain! I called him my hero and I know Aimee is your hero! I am so proud to know her even though it is not personally but only this way. I am proud to know all of yall! To God be the glory!

    Amy

  192. 6-25-2012

    Continue to pray for Aimee and your entire support system, family and medical staff. God blesses us wherever we are but sometimes it is hard to see. I thank God that Aimee sees his blessing. I will look closer at myself and see my blessings. Keep the faith.

  193. 6-25-2012

    I believe that sometimes we all go through trials not for ourselves, but maybe for those around us. I came across the story of Aimee shortly after her accident – on the Today Show. From there I was directed to your blog and I have been consumed with updates on Aimee. She has helped me a great deal. I have not gone through anything like what she has gone through, but she has made me realize just how blessed we all are and how God is there and does answer our prayers. I know that God lives and that he loves us, that he loves me. Thank you Aimee for helping me remember that my life here on earth is a trial – a test. I want to live with Him again and so I will endure my trials here so that I can celebrate my glory and receive my rewards later. I pray and wish for God’s healing hand for you Aimee. Get Better Soon!!

  194. 6-25-2012

    Wow!! I am so inspired by Aimee and your family. I can’t wait to walk in my first ever 5k for such an amazing woman!

  195. 6-25-2012

    Have had Aimee in my prayers and your family. Will continue with prayers. She is a strong and determined person. My father was an amputee. He lost his hand/arm in a cotton gin accident when I was 1 year old. I never knew him with a right arm. But, he lived 79 years with one hand. He built things, worked on cars, and taught us how to drive. Keep the Faith and love of God!

  196. 6-25-2012

    I am a wife and a mother sitting here in Ohio reading your blog posts. Always…tears. Of sadness but more and more of the power of hope and of strength when you have nothing but Jesus. Because He is all any of us need, but rarely do we see that. Aimee sees it and the power of the Holy Spirit living inside her is so evident. She will be – and is already – a world changer. I have been so inspired by Lauren Scruggs and now even moreso by Aimee. This world is not our home and we are only here for the blink of an eye – and you are making it count for eternity. God bless you Aimee and your amazing family.

  197. 6-25-2012

    Very insightful…while rejoicing in Aimee’s remarkable ability to reframe her physical condition into a positive (and her response at this time is amazing; highly doubt I would have that much strength), you also realize the challenges ahead. She is human, will have times of weakness in face of the many adaptations she will have to make. She will need a strong supportive network. It is a blessing that Aimee has a loving father, mother & sister to help her move forward during such times.

    Sincerely hope Aimee fully recovers from all future medical procedures, maximizes her rehabilitation potential to become as independent as possible, and completes training for a career in psychotherapy or the clergy. Authoring a book and motivational speaking are also possibilities down the road. Aimee’s perspective on how she transcended a severe problem and moved forward will profoundly benefit anyone who truly listens,whether through individual therapy sessions or by speaking to entire groups.

    For the greater GOOD of ALL concerned (Aimee,her family,doctors, nurses,therapists,caregivers)…MAY THE RAIN OF BLESSINGS FALL!

  198. 6-25-2012

    This is the first time I have come across and read your blog. I am so touched and awed by Aimee and you. Yes, you too. You write beautifully and offer such amazing insight and love. Thank God for Aimee’s recovery and life. She is an amazing inspiration as are you. As a parent, I can only begin to imagine the challenge this has placed on all of you.

  199. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, you are Incredible!

  200. 6-25-2012

    I’ve spent the last 25 years as a Respiratory Therapist caring for people with serious conditions, oftentimes life altering-not only for them, but for their family. The most wonderful thing I have encountered is the indominatable human spirit. The will to overcome, the choice to not blame, and to see your circumstances as a pathway to a better tomorrow.
    I have kept up with your blog and Aimee for the last 2 months…but as I read your “Night and Day” I had to email to tell you several things…. 1)your writing ability is to be commended. As I am reading I find myself “feeling” right along with you and your family. I smiled as I pictured the three of you walking outside,with the sun upon your skin and the sounds of nature all around you. I’ve participated in such outings with patients…and then with my younger brother who is a quadraplegic from a diving accident (currently so engaged in life that I cant keep up with him! *note* same spirit you’ve described in Aimee). 2)I feel that after Aimee has healed, her strength and spirit will allow her to use this experience to help others in some way.
    Since you sometimes read these emails to Aimee- tell her she can do ANYTHING….she has already proven to be a fighter and there are so many people, just average people like me, who are in her corner and praying. Also, I would love to see you sometimes blog on what components come together to make up that “indominatable human spirit”….I’ve tried to figure it out over the years…but the components seem to vary.
    Sincerely,
    Shelly Cooper
    Silsbee, Texas

  201. 6-25-2012

    AMAZING……….Thank you soooooo much for your updates. I wait anxiously for them.

    I am so inspired and Blessed by Aimee….. What a strong young woman she is, it is so encouraging to see her ability to accept and adapt to her challenges.

    Thank you for showing your wonderful Faith. I will continue to pray for you and your sweet family.

    GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD.

    I am sorry I do not have a way with words all I can say is WOW,WOW,WOW. LOVING THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY MORE EVERYDAY.

    Shirley

  202. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, I am so amazed and inspired by your perspective. This will give you so much strength and resolve as you continue to recover and go through rehab. You are and will continue to be such a shining light to a world that is often caught in the darkness of despair and lack of faith. You’re in my thoughts and prayers daily. Bless you

  203. 6-25-2012

    Was on the right side of the car where I was sitting. I had broken my left arm six times, my right femur, my right ankle five times, some ribs, and lacerated my liver and my spleen. After being in the hospital for three weeks I was able to go home. My husband was able to get off of the crack by the grace of God. And today I am a stay at home mother to my son who says I am the best mommy ever. I still have to go to physical therapy some but what a small price to pay You never know what is coming around the next corner but always remember that God is there and He loves you, and He can and will make all things good. God bless you and give you strength in the rough times. And bless your wonderful family for their support because I know it makes it so much easier

  204. 6-25-2012

    Praying for Aimee.

  205. 6-25-2012

    Your family and your daughter, Amy, are the most incredible witnesses to the fact that God really is in control! You have gone through this ordeal with so much courage. Your faith and beliefs are a testimony to all who hear your story. God must be so proud of you, Amy!
    Thank you for keeping us updated. I so enjoy your letters…they encourage all of us!

  206. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s journey from the beginning. Have been overwhelmed at the physical destruction left by this disease…I’m truly amazed at the strength of your daughter..I realize life for her will always be a work in progress, as are all of ours, But Aimee’s will have many more twists and turns. Be proud of her and yourself for raising this Inspirational. Young woman..I wish all of you gods strength, peace, love and acceptance? I will continue to stay hopefull for Aimee’s recovery. Thank you for sharing your daughter and family with us!

  207. 6-25-2012

    Prayers are with you.

  208. 6-25-2012

    Aimee I am amazed at your strength and conviction. I am fighting stage 4 cancer and you give me strength. You and your family are in my prayers. I cheer every time you reach another amazing feat as you battle this. You are truely an inspiration.

  209. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is amazing. Her experiences have led me to dig deeper into my own life and be grateful for what I have. I appreciate the blog and your way of illustrating honestly your daughter’s courage and strength. We are less than perfect, just in different ways. It seems as though Aimee is on the verge of changing the world, I can’t wait to see it.

    God bless from MN.

  210. 6-25-2012

    My mother got the flesh eating disease on one side of her bottom a few years ago at the age of about 80. This was before this disease was widely understood or recognized. The survival rates for those over 50 who get this are near-zero. She recovered thanks to a very smart doctor who figured out what it was immediately – she was in surgery within 3 hours of first visiting the doctor’s office. Aimee, there is light at the end of this tunnel. We have been there and seen it. You are young and still have a full life ahead of you, by the grace of God.

  211. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee, I have followed your progress from day one and am so proud of the way you and your family are working through this life altering experience. You and your family are an inspiration to those of us who have also had life altering times and also to those who have not had such things happen.Mayu God bless and keep you!

    Love, Carol Dunaway

  212. 6-25-2012

    I have been waiting all week to hear about Aimee! Her story inspires me. And evertime I read a blog I am always in complete shock. She is amazing! She sure is a strong woman! Her answers to your questions still have me in awe! I read that part 3 times. I pray God continues to bless you and your family, Aimee!

  213. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,
    You & your family continue to serve as an inspiration to so many people. I am awed by how well you have handled the situation & are able to see even your adversity as a blessing. The grace of God is evident in your lives. One of my favorite hyms comes to mind when I think of you –

    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.
    -Hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul”

  214. 6-25-2012

    God glory is shining all around your sweet family…
    “For when you are weak, I AM strong.”
    Thank You, Jesus!

  215. 6-25-2012

    Below is a quote from a book entitled; Instruments In The Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp. We have been studying this book in our adult class in our church and I thought it applied to you Aimee after reading what your Dad wrote on your blog.
    You have a great positive attitude toward your “misfortune” and you are an inspiration to me. I pray that God will continue to heal you and use you in whatever He purposes in your life.

    ‘You have been called to suffer so that you would experience God’s comfort, You have experienced God’s comfort so that you can comfort others….

    Suffering does not mean that God’s plan has failed. It is the plan. Suffering is a sign that we are in the family of Christ and the army of the kingdom. We suffer because we carry his name. We suffer so that we may know him more deeply and appreciate his grace more fully. We suffer so that we may be part of the good he does in the lives of others.

    “He has promised to give me whatever I need to face what comes my way. And he has promised that I will live with him forever in a place without suffering, sorrow, or sin. This means that in the most difficult moments of my life, nothing truly permanent or valuable is at stake. What I really live for is safe and secure. I don’t know what tommorrow will bring, but I know that I am in the family of God, eternally loved and cared for by him. This is real hope”

  216. 6-25-2012

    Wow what an amazing girl Aimee is! Im in awe like you are with her response. I will continue tp pray for the whole family. What an inspiration you all are we love you! Thank you for the update it is good to know the power of prayer works!

  217. 6-25-2012

    Andy – You don’t know me, but I have read your blog since Aimee’s accident.

    I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says, “It is in the darkest skies that stars are best seen.”

    This experience has been a very dark ‘sky’, but Aimee’s ‘star’ is the one that everyone sees!

    I think about your family often and appreciate your updates.

    Janet C. Hart, Charlotte, NC

  218. 6-25-2012

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, you are amazing!!!

  219. 6-25-2012

    Your Aimee is AMAZING! Using this injury as a blessing and an opportunity to help others. To be so outward focused. SHE is the blessing from God. God IS already using her in her frail physical state to look at things, as Bethany Hamilton did, with perspective. We will continue to pray for her and all of you as she continues to rehab and recover to her “new normal”, and that through all of this, Christ will be glorified.

    I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:13. It is HIS strength, not OURS that enables us to do “all things”.

    God bless you for sharing.

    Saralee and family in Baltimore

  220. 6-25-2012

    So wonderful that Aimee was able to get out and feel nature abound around her. We all take life and all its trappings for granted, we can’t begin to imagine what she has gone through and will continue to battle through but Aimee has a beautiful spirit and will continue to climb the hills while sometimes lingering in the valley for a bit! Aimee, you deserve to linger now and then. Prayers continue for your recovery. God Bless!

  221. 6-25-2012

    Daily Devotionals By Oswald Chambers

    Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow
    Jun
    25
    2012

    . . . what shall I say? ’Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. ’Father, glorify Your name’ —John 12:27-28

    As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the fire of sorrow. He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.

    We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we have to accept and receive ourselves in its fires. If we try to evade sorrow, refusing to deal with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life, and there is no use in saying it should not be. Sin, sorrow, and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them.

    Sorrow removes a great deal of a person’s shallowness, but it does not always make that person better. Suffering either gives me to myself or it destroys me. You cannot find or receive yourself through success, because you lose your head over pride. And you cannot receive yourself through the monotony of your daily life, because you give in to complaining. The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be this way is immaterial. The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you can go to him in your moment of trouble and find that he has plenty of time for you. But if a person has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, having no respect or time for you, only turning you away. If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people.

  222. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s “adventure” for reasons i can not understand. I have not had much in the way of physical challenges in my 50+ years , but I have had a struggle with chronic depression. I have come to understand it is both “real” and an “attitude” as well. how I view it makes a difference in how I allow it to effect me. I cant change it, but I try not to let it take over. I have often felt alone in this, although I know many others struggle as well. For some reason, I have recognized a parallel between Aimee’s struggle and mine.
    I also believe in God’s blessing. I have gifts because of my condition. sometimes I, too, wish I could be “normal”, but mostly I feel very lucky to face the challenge of depression. I am not famous , but many students of mine and friends and family watch my ordeal and I always have hoped it gave them encouragement.Now i see that Aimes’s give ME the same encouragement. It is a cycle of life that is beautiful.
    Please let Aimee know that she truly is making a difference to others. And I hope , with all my heart that she finds peace and healing and joy in the life that our Father has given. I will also renew my gratitude and strength in God.
    Thank you!

  223. 6-25-2012

    I read your blog and I can’t imagine how painful the day and the night of Aimee can be! with my mind I send you so much force and love to

    at the thought of Aimee I start every day and I am hopeful the sun will gona shine
    Alexandra from Switzerland

  224. 6-25-2012

    Aimee may not yet operate a wheelchair like a superhuman quad amputee but she surely has a superhuman quad amputee spirit and thought process. What an amazing young woman. Thank you for sharing her personal thought about her experience. I’m sure she has already improved the quality of many, many lives.

  225. 6-25-2012

    My wife and I live on Belle Glade Trail, just a few houses away. We have been praying for you all since right after the accident. Praise God that the recovery is going well now. We will continue to pray for you all, your faith and perseverance have been an inspiration, God bless you!

  226. 6-25-2012

    You are an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of you! You young lady are going to teach the world something special. God and Life are truly good! We all say many prayers for you and your recovery and strength. God never lets us down or gives us more than we can handle. In my life God is the Great One! I have strong faith in him and he has never let me down and he will never let you down. You are here to show the world something special! God Bless you Aimee!!And God Bless your family too!
    Melissa

  227. 6-25-2012

    Hi Aimee, I have been following your progress and I am truly amazed by your positiveness, strength and outlook on what has happened to you. You are truly blessed by god and you are also an angel. I look on the intranet almost every day to see how you are doing. When I read what had happened to you it really made me feel so sad, as I have twin daughters who are 24 years old and are very active with the outdoors and thought wow this could of happened to one of them. I have been reading what your father writes and you are a fighter and you will get through this. You are a very beautiful young lady inside and out. You have many many people praying for you. Keep your faith and believe, stay strong and god will heal you.

  228. 6-25-2012

    My daily reading had me in Philippians over the weekend and I came to a verse that I had marked years ago when a friend of mine went into labor way early and her child was born severely premature. God’s hand in her whole situation was always so beautifully present. Of course there were times of darkness, but He is ever-faithful. On Saturday, as I read the verse again, my thoughts turned to Aimee and now, her name is written along side baby Travis’, as a reminder of His beautiful hands at work- even when we don’t quite understand the purpose or outcome… “He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.” I watched from afar as God transformed baby Travis, miraculously, into the life that he is now and I read your blog and this verse and think, WOW! God is, once again, at work in a miraculous way- transforming dear Aimee from this humble condition into the glorious life that He plans her to be!! Praise God, He is ever Faithful and we continue to lift you all up in prayer- for covering, peace and joy. XOXOXOXO

  229. 6-25-2012

    Hello Sir,

    I want to apologize in advance for my English and spelling because I am French and I do not control your language well.

    I just found out the tragic story of your daughter and I am really moved.

    Know sir, that your courage is the best proof of love of a parent to a child.

    AIMEE, your child is as beautiful as strong. Life imposes a very difficult but the way she fights proves she is blessed by God. Especially because she continues to fight as she did during those 49 days.

    AIMEE, is a source of hope for us.
    May God Almighty with you you and your family through this ordeal.

    I am a practicing Muslim and know that I will not forget nor AIMEE or your family in my prayers, I pray that Almighty God to guide continuous AIMEE on the road to recovery.

    Thank you for your blog, allowing us to hear from you so beautiful child.

    God bless you.

    Diana from Paris, France

  230. 6-25-2012

    Wow.. What a testimony and a sweet spirit. God has his hand on her and has touched her soul despite the circumstances she’s in..What an inspiration. I pray that God will continue to work in your lives and provide all that you need. God bless.

  231. 6-25-2012

    Andy, Your daughter just brings tears to my eyes and heart. She is a wonderful young woman and she had become this way due to being raised by wonderful parents! She is truly blessed, truly! I am sure that you are all swamped with emails, and other correspondence. She is blessed in all aspects. Aimee is truly blessed because she has an amazing family that has taught her no boundaries, no regrets. My dad lost his leg at the Battle of the Bulge. There were no regrets or bitterness. He taught us all to live as one with God and that our wonderful Lord and Savior would never give you more then you can handle. I know that it is hard to imagine, BUT, God has blessed you all. To see how your family has enriched the lives of not only people that you knew before this, but to see how it has blossomed throughout the world is just a wonderful example of your faith. Thank you all for sharing this journey with us, but thank you Aimee for being such a strong young woman. You are wise beyond your years. You have a great family also!! Elizabeth B Gray

  232. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is an “AWESOME” daughter!!!! Still thinking about your family daily and praying for all of you and expecially for Aimee. She has a long road to travel and the desire to see it through never looking back, only forward. Thank God for her family support to help get her through. Thanks so much for all the updates on the nights and days.

  233. 6-25-2012

    Hello Aimee,

    Your courage through this event is so amazing to so many people. You have been an inspiration too many. You have been in so many people’s thoughts and prayers. I hope these prayers and thoughts are felt your way. Your family, friends, Faith, and for the many people around the states that are thinking of you and your family – all this will keep getting you stronger each day.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa and family

    • 6-25-2012

      I agree with you 100%. This young lady needs all the support she can get. I cannot imagine her fears and pain. This type of incident is so rare, you just don’t hear of things this tragic…we must continue praying for Aimee and her family. I know the Lord has seen all the tears and I know He has heard all of our prayers for her. I’m so thankful that there is a blog for Aimee….I know she’ll be guests on TV shows, and I know when I first see her, especially see her smile, I’m going to bust out in tears. I have children and grandchildren, and I can’t imagine something like this happening to them, it’s so tragic and so disheartening. Thank the Lord that she has a wonderful supporting family who is going to see her through in life. God Bless you and all the folks who are praying for this wonderful young woman.

  234. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is such an inspiration to me for all that she has endured in 49 days. I thought my life change was dramatic but nothing compared to hers. I came home from Bethesda Baptist Church revival on Aug. 10th and I was having a really hard time breathing. My husband called the E-Squad and in the ER at Doctor’s Hospital they said I had a collapsed lung. I laid for 12 days on a lung machine then I was told surgery to mend a hole. 5 days later came home and thought everything was fine. Well 5 months later went back into the hospital with an upper respiratory infection, that’s when I found out they had taken half of my lung. Guess the Dr. didn’t seem to think it was necessary to tell my husband, my daughter or me. Never could understand why I was so weak and not getting back to normal. I was told in 2007 that I had COPD so I already had oxygen. Hope your Dr.’s don’t hold anything back and that Aimee understands the reason they do what they have to do. Needless to say I was very upset with that ER Dr. Still keeping Aimee in my Prayers and she is also on the Prayer List at our church! Also Thankful she has such a strong family standing behind her. I’m still Glowing and Growing in God’s Love and I send my Love to Aimee!

  235. 6-25-2012

    The same thing happen to me lost my hands and feet in March of “07″.My attitude was the same as Amy’s and I knew this was a wonderful chance to witness to people about God but also to witness for strength. I could say it’s been hard but it hasn’t my determination has been unbelievable and for that I do thank god.Never for one moment was I scared I looked at this as a challenge. Since then I have gotten married and raising 2 step-kids and ENJOYING life. I am God’s tool “a very special tool” he chose me and Amy and others like us to continue to shine for him.Keep up the good work Amy!!! God Bless You.

  236. 6-25-2012

    I sit here in my kitchen desk chair at the computer– before my hands were on the keyboard, they were clasped together in praise,prayer and thanksgiving for your daughter. For our Lord and Saviour sparing her life and for all the many hearts and lives that Aimee and her circumstances will touch. My family and I will continue to pray for Aimee and the healing required for her to live a full life. Full of all the emotions that we share. And for her, emotions that only she and God’s only Son, Jesus, know. Those heart emotions of loss and forever gain. Aimee is truly and inspiration to so many. Thank you, Andy, for sharing your blog and for your undying devotion as an earthly father and a believer.

  237. 6-25-2012

    Hi, I have been following Aimee’s story and praying for her daily. I am speechless at how she is adjusting to her new life.
    Praise God who loves her and goes before her. We are not our own but belong body and soul to our precious Savior Jesus Christ.
    Aimee, you are an inspiration to me. Really! I have had struggles in my life but nothing like this and you are teaching me to be thankful and not complain or be depressed about the small things. Blessings to you and your family, your medical team, your support. You go girl, I am rooting for you in prayer! Love from Montana! <3

  238. 6-25-2012

    I am one small person in Pennsylvania who will pray for God to be at your side during your future days of recovery. God Bless You and Your Family

  239. 6-25-2012

    I am reminded of a quote I saw online yesterday. I wanted to share it with Aimee.

    “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop”
    (Dieter F. Uchtodorf).

    Aimee is such an inspiration. She embodies the meaning of this statement. We are not defined by our limbs, we are defined by who we are at our core. I can tell that Aimee and her family are good to the core.

    You are in my prayers,

    Debbie Philliber

  240. 6-25-2012

    Hi Aimee,

    You are such an inspiration to millions of people all over
    the world. You are a breath of Fresh Air. I will continue
    to pray for you. God is a very present help in trouble.

    God Bless You
    Dottie

  241. 6-25-2012

    God has picked you, dearest Aimee, to help so many others.
    He is using your strength to give others strength,
    He is using your courage to give others courage, and
    He is using your stamina to give others stamina.
    His power is being shown through you; and it’s a shining light to people all over, special people that only you can reach and inspire with your awesome story.

    You certainly are an inspiration to me; and I know that God has such a great plan for you.
    Keeping you and yours in my prayers
    In Jesus

  242. 6-25-2012

    May God continue to strengthen you each and every day, Aimee! All my love and prayers to you and your family!

  243. 6-25-2012

    God Bless you Aimee! You are an amazing fighter with great strength & faith in the Lord. You are an inspiration to many. We’ve never met but you are always in my thoughts & prayers. “In Aimee’s greatest moment of weakness, she will always be stronger than I can ever hope to be.”- wow, what a strong statement this is. I tear up every time I read this blog.

  244. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, we are following your amazing story, and our prayers have been specially for your healing ASAP, and that your courage will not fail for the rest of your life.

  245. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is truely an inspiration. I am glad that I found your page. Your family truely helps me realize the parts of my life that I have taken for granted. May you find comfort in your strength and your faith. You are an amazing family.

  246. 6-25-2012

    Aimee: You are an amazing inspiration used by God for a joyous glory. Everyone in my house continues to pray for you daily. God is so wonderful! We feel that our prayers are being answered, and will continue to be answered. We ask God everyday to infuse your heart with the strength of the Holy Spirit, to allow you to do His will in spite of all of your obstacles and challenges. You have a goodness in you that is beyond anything that I have ever seen and God is using you to inspire others. We don’t know you Aimee and you don’t know us, but we love you, we are inspired by you. May God continue to embrace you, wonderful woman of grace.

  247. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is such an inspiration in her faith, determination and trust in the Lord. I firmly believe that God’s Holy Spirit dwells within her, there every nansecond in her life…it shows!!! I ask for complete healing for Aimee so she can return to a healthy, normal life blessed by God. She is positive impacting so many people world-wide.

  248. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee,
    I feel honored to have his priviledge to write you this message. You are without doubt the strongest woman, that I have ever read about. Your story has enabled many people to have the courage to actually get out of bed in the morning. When I think of servants of our Lord, you come to mind. He has given you strength, courage, and a sweet spirit. Our Lord shows through you. Thank you for showing all of us at true example of courage. I pray for you everyday. May you feel better, everyday. As always, keep your eye on the prize, though as far as I am concerned, you are a prize. Thank you very much. God Bless. Vi Jones

  249. 6-25-2012

    HI..I worked at Reidville w/ Debra years ago. I have been following Aimee’s story and praying w/ my church and small group for her continued strength through all of this. I became a Christian in 2003 and Aimee’s incredible faith helps to reaffirm mine. God Bless your family.

  250. 6-25-2012

    I have watched Aimee’s story unfold since the first days and I am still amazed at her strength and stamina. As you say she has her rough days and I am sure there will be days that she will be discouraged and frustrated. Maybe even angry but as long as she keeps her faith at the forefront God will continue to bless her with the Grace that she needs to overcome. I continue to keep Aimee and your whole family in my prayers.

  251. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, I’m amazed with the solid will God has placed in your life. I have spent the last 11 mths complaining about my inability to do what I did prior to my c5-c6 fusion (4 mths ago due to a car wreck), but I feel so ashamed. I will heal, slowly, but surely, according to God’s will, as will you, but you’re mountain is so much higher, yet you make it seem like a hill. From this day forward, no more complaining on my part, I do what I can do physically and be thankful for God’s mercy, as I could’ve been paralyzed from the neck down.

    We are all praying for God to continue to keep you strong emotionally and heal you physically. You are the light Jesus talks about in the BIble. You are a light unto this world. A light in the darkness you and your family and friends have been traveling through. You, Dear Aimee, are a testimony! God’s will in your life is a mountain others will see, and know they can climb their own with His grace and mercy!

    Love, hugs, and prayers,
    Melissa

  252. 6-25-2012

    Oh honey, you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I first heard the news of your accident. I am praying for you nightly and hope that your pain is subsiding. I also pray for your family as I know they have been taking care of you night and day. Thousands of people of all religions and faiths are praying for you daily. Know this and let it give your strength!

  253. 6-25-2012

    Thank you Andy for keeping us so beautifully informed of Aimee’s progress. We her friends love her so much, and have been sending a steady stream of love, healing, hope, encouragement, and ENERGY+! Just hearing of her being able to feel the sun yesterday and be outdoors brought me tears of joy, and I am continually overwhelmed by how she has not only only survived, but prevailed, and will continue to prevail. Her spirit truly is in charge of her situation, and while I am amazed and joyful at her rapid progress, there is a part of me that is not surprised, and says, “yes, that’s Aimee!”

  254. 6-25-2012

    Wow Aimee is a remarkable woman. I am reminded of the story of Joseph in the Bible.
    Aimee is in the pit but she is finding the blessings in it. Like Joseph God will use her in remarkable ways.
    Joseph went on to be used by God in much bigger things. You inspire us all Aimee!

  255. 6-25-2012

    Praise the Lord for the good news. We are continuing to pray. But glad to hear the good report of the positive attitude.
    Carl
    Dallas, TX

  256. 6-25-2012

    What an incredible inspiration Aimee has become to so many people. I hope I could meet her someday, it would be an honor.

    Aimee you are in my thoughts and prayers ongoing. You are and I know you will continue to be a strong witness for God’s love and presence in your life. I will remember you always. God bless you sweetheart and continue to grow stronger and healthier each day.

  257. 6-25-2012

    What an inspiration Aimee is! I will continue to pray for her and the family. I’m glad she was able to get out for awhile and spend time with you all. I believe she is going to help so many people. Be blessed.

  258. 6-25-2012

    I am truly humbled by this young woman and her family. Aimee has the heart of a lion and a spirit that has been touched by God. Bless you all. You are an example to everyone!

  259. 6-25-2012

    How inspiring that Aimee recognizes that God has great plans for her. I just finished caring for someone who was ill that had expressed how she felt this tug to be called home to Jesus. I kept encouraging her that God must have other plans because she was getting better. Who knows the opportunities? Who knows if a caregiver will realize their faith because of her? Who knows if someone else who is incapacitated will be inspired by her story? God has great plans for Aimee. She is blessed! May she continue to dwell on those encouraging thoughts and view her future as a wonderful adventure, yet to be realized.

  260. 6-25-2012

    Wow what a great post. Aimee’s inspirational words will stick with me as I fight my lymphoma. I too am blessed. Thank you for helping me to see this!

  261. 6-25-2012

    “Help me O Lord to recognize Your opportunities in my difficulties.
    THAT is going on MY refrigerator! Thank you, thank you! I am 52 and have had a lot of problems, hip, feet surgery, heart. kidney, diabetes … My dad always told me “There is ALWAYS someone worse off than you.” That always keeps me going! Love to all of you.

  262. 6-25-2012

    I know that Aimee will be a blessing to others in ways no one will be able to predict!

  263. 6-25-2012

    As I posted on my facebook page about a week after I learned about Amy, She is my Hero! An awesome inspiration to all of us. I know that for the rest of my life, I will never forget what she has been through and how she and your family have dealt with it. God’s grace is always sufficient!

  264. 6-25-2012

    You all continue to be in my prayers. Aimee, your courage has been and continues to be remarkable.

    Just remember that it’s okay to grieve for what you have lost. You don’t have to be strong for anyone else but yourself.

    Best of luck to you!

    Kimberly Price

  265. 6-25-2012

    Bless you Aimee and the entire Copeland family; you are an inspiration to everyone– please know you are in our thoughts and prayers non-stop, and we are cheering you on everyday.

    With love and blessings from our classroom in Boston: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you land among the stars.

  266. 6-25-2012

    Wow! I mean, WOW!!!! What a great blog to start off a Monday morning. I always love waking up in the mornings to sunshine. It is like a precious wonderful gift from God, our Savior, to be so Blessed with tremendous light after a night of darkness. That daughter of yours is a precious gift to everyone who allows her in their hearts. Blessings and continued prayers to you all.

  267. 6-25-2012

    Dear Copeland family
    i heard of your ordeal while on cvacation to the USA.
    I’m from the Netherlands.
    7 years ago as an 18 year old, i lost both hands and both lower legs due to meningitis septic shock.
    I want to say to Amiee, your whole life is in front of you, you will have bad days even after many years, but your achievements and good days wil be so much greater.
    I know you will probably recieve much messages from people in similar situations. Use them in your advance and courage.
    if you ever need advice on anything, i’v been there, done that. so feel free to e-mail me. Maybe to early for this now, but i developped a motto: half Limbs, totally me!
    good luck and god bless

    suzan

    • 10-8-2012

      I had Meningitis at 20 months of age and was deaf. Thank god I have all my limbs but finger and toe nail tips are deformed due crohns disease. I have autism since 7 years old and crohns disease since 8 years old. I had 6 flare ups from crohns. December 1999 I had problem walking with my right leg due to an abscess on my abdomen and lost part my small and large intestine along with a hole in my abdomen.

  268. 6-25-2012

    Wow, as tears roll down my face Mr. Copeland, I can only sit here and think how incredible and fragile life is….everyday we do take it for granted. Amy is facing life in a new direction and taking it head on as this is her fate, but not exactly a negative one. God has plans for us and it may be a way for her to shine to lift up others in times of difficult need. I am way beyond recognition of what she goes through daily but if she didn’t have faith and family, she may not be here today.
    I believe in her and her will to live, and I cry almost every time you blog. I cry in happiness for her, for your family and I feel in my soul she will not give up.
    Please give her a hug for me, and even though she does’t know me, let her know that people out here are praying and singing praise to God every day for her progress.
    Thank you for your time…..

    Kara P.
    Gainesville, GA

  269. 6-25-2012

    I have been following your comments about Aimee’s progress since the beginning.. Aimee is quite an inspiration to all of us.. and she is so Blessed to have you, Donna and Paige at her side..
    Bless you all ..I am sending loving thoughts and many prayers….

  270. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,

    Hi! My name is Mary Mock. I’ve been following you story and I’m glad your dad is writing posts and updates about you so your prayer warriors can know how you’re doing. I am so thankful that you are healing and getting better! When I heard of your accident, my heart sank. I went outside that night and begged and pleaded to God to please let you LIVE- not only to be alive but to allow you live the gift of life each day to your fullest and to be a witness to everyone that He does hear our prayers. As heartbreaking as this accident has been, your positive reaction is so amazing! You ARE the GLORY to all of the prayers that have been said for you. Your strength is inspiring and should be a reminder to all of us that when we’re faced with challenges, there are always choices we can make. We can choose to be brave and strong or to wallow in self pity. You, Aimee are one of the strongest and bravest women I have ever heard of. You are a light of hope for so many people and a daily miracle of answered prayers. May God continue to bless you and use you to fulfill his purpose. With sincere thoughts and prayers for your recovery, Mary Mock- Waco, TX <3

  271. 6-25-2012

    What a wonderful young lady…This really touched my heart…Especially the part were she said she was blessed…You have raised a wonderful daughter…She has really encourage many other’s. My prayers are with you all!!! May God bless each,and everyone…

  272. 6-25-2012

    May God continue to shine down upon you and your family, Aimee. You are a blessing to your family and to the world. Stay strong!

  273. 6-25-2012

    A long time ago, when I was a student at college fighting some very difficult times, a very wise psychology professor simply told me that you can’t change the past or its situational dynamics, but you CAN decide to change your relationship to it. You can change the picture before you like moves on a chessboard. That kind of free will is the core strength that every human being can draw upon if they choose to do so. This will be crucial to Aimee’s successful recovery – which will of course be a long and difficult road.

    Andy, I love reading your perceptive and articulate blog about your daughter, and your view of her as a strong and unique individual. Many parents can’t “individuate” and do that, so your ability to see your family situation on many levels and share it with the world is a gift.

  274. 6-25-2012

    Just wanted to say Aimee you are a great inspiration to everyone!! I pray for you and hope that you continue to improve!!

  275. 6-25-2012

    God bless Aimee. What a unique person, very inspirational and with a beautiful heart. Everyone in the world should have a some of the attitude and grace she has. I will remember her words from today’s blog. I want to share some healing scriptures she may enjoy listening to as you read them to her: jesserichministries.com/PDFFiles/DivineHealingScriptures.pdf

  276. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for all your up dates on Aime.You seem to have a strong family and strong mom and dad–God bless you all for what you have done to help her in these hard times- I would have done the same. Glad to here of her progress and knowing that God is not far from you–He has touched you,Aime, and the rest of us in sooo many ways!!! Always Thinking of You.
    Karen Moon :)

  277. 6-25-2012

    Reading how Amy is responding to the story God has written for her with such love and grace is incredibly humbling and inspiring. Rejoicing and praying with you for God’s greatness to reign; His name to be known through this story to those who have not heard and to those who have heard but turned away; and that His love to sing over your girl, and your whole family; day and night.

  278. 6-25-2012

    To the Aimee & family , on Aug. 22 , 15 yrs ago , my nephew had a motorcycle accident at age 22 . The Trama center said if he survived the life expeatancy of a C-4 Quad is about 10 yrs. My family does know the type of ordeal and support its takes to get thru this kinda of life trauma . Who knows why ? But God has a plan for everyone . My nephew has found happiness in his life . He didn’t become the GREAT pitcher he wanted to be . His wife of 4 months left him but it was ok ……HE HAD FAMILY . Aimee its hard to see now maybe , but you will be ok too . God Bless may his healing angels be by you and your family every day Joyce Bartoli

  279. 6-25-2012

    Aimee you are an inspiration to me and many others. I continue to pray for your healing and strength during this difficult time!

  280. 6-25-2012

    May God bless you & your family – I continue to pray that Aimee will get stronger, be in less pain, and fully recover. I believe that she is a miracle, and that the power of God is working through all of you. Thank you for sharing Aimee’s story & this blog. It speaks volumes as to the testament of your faith and God reaching out to all of us. He has a message – we just have to listen :)

  281. 6-25-2012

    Your blog brought tears of joys to my eyes. What an inspiration your daughter is! God bless her and your family! God is so great!

  282. 6-25-2012

    Oh, that girl. What an amazing soul she is. She’s right, too: she WILL have opportunities she wouldn’t have had otherwise. Imagine all the good she will be able to do for others who have suffered similar physical setbacks–her personal experience combined with her field of study… She can be unstoppable. Her scholarship in this area can be unmatchable. Congrats, Aimee.

  283. 6-25-2012

    Aimee and family –

    AWESOME! You are awesome! Your post gave me goosebumps more than once. Our God is an AWESOME God who will take care of you all! Thanks for sharing your blessings with us. It reminds us to be grateful for our own!

  284. 6-25-2012

    Not a day goes by that my mind doesnt think about you and your family. I was on Lake Rabun over the weekend with 5 of my 8 grandchildren. While I pray that no harm will ever come to them, I also pray that one day, they can learn perserverance, faith and determination from your life’s story. Today, however, I just pray for your comfort. The power of the human spirit inspires me and humbles me. People like you inspire a nation. When I read you left your hospital room and went outside……Amen.

  285. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee: I think of you every morning when I jump out of bed…well as fast as an 81 year old with a fractured vertebra can jump. You and your family are in my prayers and I especially pray that the strength God has given you thus far will continue as you face new challenges…er opportunities. What a precious gift He has given you. God. Is good and you are one of his powerful beacons. Sarah

  286. 6-25-2012

    I am so pleased to hear of Aimee’s progress and attitude during all this agony she has had to endure.Devastating illnesses like this are as she says, a blessing in disguise, since God doesn’t give us any more than we can handle & in Job Ch1 when satan came to the heavenly court to say what he did about Job, it set the test before the heavenly court in motion as God knew Job would still love Him and no matter what happened to him that he would remain faithful!! Aimee is going through her own Job experience, which many believers are spared such a high honor for such a terrible trial and loss~!! Most take life and normalcy for granted and petty things are all they can possibly cope with, but when God permits a trial of this magnitude, He has already ordained the outcome for His glory and Aimee seems to have been given this answer before its outcome, whereas Job was in the dark about most of his trial and taunted with suspected wrongdoing by his so called comforters~ it was all revealed at the end of his sufferings that it was for the glory of God that he endured it all and he was rewarded beyond measure in the end. I hope and pray that this purpose remains a comfort to Aimee as she embarks on her new direction in life. With the marvelous love and support she receives from her godly family, Aimee will be a blessing and a witness to all she encounters to relate to in their sufferings~!! Praise God for this good report and I pray her struggles finish soon and her pain is relieved. GBU~! AveHurley

  287. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee….WOW, you are such a strong, brilliant young lady. I have read every post that your dad has written! It’s amazing how through words, I like millions others, feel such an affection and connection to you. My heart goes out to you and your family….keep being YOU, you are a gem.

    Xoxo,
    Tracy
    Calabasas, California

  288. 6-25-2012

    Simply amazing young woman! The courage she has shown has changed my whole attitude on life! GOD BLESS HER!!

  289. 6-25-2012

    I have been praying and asking others to pray for Aimee since first hearing of her circumstance. I can relate due to my son being injured in an automobile accident. He was in intensive care for 3 months and a total of 12+ months in the hospital. He lost his spleen and has less than 3 feet of his small intestines left. It was a major ordeal BUT we have continued to pray for him and this has been almost 6 years since the accident.

    GOD is good and he answers prayers, it may not be the way we would BUT we are not him. It is so amazing how things work out and how much we depend on him when we are hurting. When we are at our lowest and in the valley there is a light and when we are at the top of the world we don’t realize we need GOD as much.

    Your daughter is a special child of GOD’s which he loves and is watching over her as all his children! He will always love us and he never gives us more than we can handle and your Aimee is showing this in her beautiful life! This is only showing others what a special person she is and how prayer does change things!

    Please let Aimee know people care about her and will continue to pray for her!!! May GOD continue to bless her and your family! Love to your family, Gail Craft, Hoschton, GA.

  290. 6-25-2012

    My prayers are with Aimee and your family. If only everyone could have parents as wonderful as you.
    FYI – Dr. BJ Miller @ UCSF Medical Center here in San Francisco is a Pain Mgnt. Doctor and a triple amputee. He has an incredible story that you can find on the internet.
    God Bless Your Family!

  291. 6-25-2012

    She is awesome. I, too, continue to be encouraged by her bright light. I look forward to your updates. I find hope by Aimee’s encouragement. Her journey is an inspiration. Hugs and love to you all.

  292. 6-25-2012

    Aimee this is to you i dont understand why anybody would want to live after what has happen to you but i hope you never think this way and that when you get down that you think about what you have beat to be where you are i just wish i had the strength that you have icant help but to be amazed by how you just moveing forward with life i wish you and your family the best in yalls recovery

  293. 6-25-2012

    I am so glad to see that Aimee is still positive through it all. I know for a fact that Our Heavenly Father has amazing plans for Aimee. I’m only 21 and I aspire to have the faith that Aimee has. God bless you guys! Sending my love from Illinois!

  294. 6-25-2012

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praying for Aimee and you all.

    Blessings ~

    Debra Patterson Baker
    dpb386@gmail.com
    Greenville, SC

  295. 6-25-2012

    I am so happy to hear recovery is moving forward. As the rest of
    the world– prayers, thoughts and hopes are always there for Amy

  296. 6-25-2012

    I was reading and at the statement she made under the pine trees to you left me in awe. I was just shaking my head in awe, and I read on and saw you wrote that you did the exact same thing. Only God can be working with Aimee in His grace and mercy to give her this strength and wisdom to handle this. God is so at work in Aimee. When I see God at work, I am always in awe. I think about her throughout every day, and so glad you took her outside to get fresh air and hear the birds. God bless all of you.

  297. 6-25-2012

    Here it is Monday and I start my day reading this beautiful worded blog.Aimee my thoughts and prayers are with you. Glad you got to go outside.I hope you can travel out of that room a lot!!! Your words reminded me of my nephews words to his Father on the day his best friends and future wife’s killer sat waiting to be sentenaced for stabbing her to death one month before the wedding. Adam told my brother,”I feel blessed that I have experienced this awful moment in my life,I feel no ill feelings towards this man,I feel sorry for him” “And I forgive him” Wow, Adam forgives this guy when I still wanted to beat him to death. Aimee,you have had the rug pulled out from you,but you have stayed strong,positive and blaming no one, I find that I truly beleive you have Gods strong healing touch on you. I feel as we get older and not as strong in our faith we get negitive about life. Sometimes all we see are the negitives. Aimme,both you and Adam are young people and to have that power of faith to beleive the negitives are POSITIVES makes me cry with joy that there is hope for all of us. Bless Us All,Liz

  298. 6-25-2012

    Heyaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Hemm

    Hey Aimee

    You are such a brave woman.You have been through so much and God has been watching over you and caring for you. It truly amazes me how much that you have endured the 48 days of pain and discomfort!!! Wow girl. You also have an amazing Dad and Mom.you will come out a more beautiful womanand strong woman!!

  299. 6-25-2012

    Andy thank you so much for taking the time to keep us all updated:) I look forward to your post to see how Aimee is doing. Although this is a very private situation for you and your family it means a great deal to everyone because the whold world is praying for your family every minute of every day.

    Aimee is an inspiration. She is truly a gift from god and she would never cease to amaze me. SHe has an incredible family that stands behind her no matter what that is the true meaning of love and support.

    Andy you Paige and Donna are going to bring Aimee to greatness although she has come quite a ways already by herself but in the tough times and there will be some never forget that god is looking down on all of you always. Everyone takes life for granted and you never think it will happen to someone you love but you realize just how precious life really is when you are faced with some many challenges that you don’t think you could overcome. But Aimee is a true fighter!!!

    Aimee is the true meaning of strength, wisdom, courage, determination and greatness and no one can ever take that from any of you.

    AIMEE keep up the great work and continue to get stronger and you will have many many more days of the wind and sun upon your face because there is nothing in life you can’t conquer you are already living proof of that.

    God bless you all and I will keep your family in my prayers.

  300. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for updating us on Aimee’s progress. She is going to be an inspiration to so many as she progresses through her new life. Even when it is not a good day for her she is still amazing. You all are in my prayers today and always.

  301. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, I have been thinking about you ever since the accident, wondering how you are doing every day. The more I learn, the more unbelievable you are to me. I sent my best wishes and prayers. You are truly an inspiration.

  302. 6-25-2012

    I am overwhelmed by your latest post…
    showing through your news of just how great and awesome our God is! He provides all we need, PLUS much much more!His daily miracles…many of which I, myself, take for granted, are too numerous to attempt to count! Aimee’s comment on just how she is blessed, and blessed to be different, touched the very center of my soul. What powerful words..AND true!!! You ALL continue to be high up in our prayers, and especially in our gratitude and blessings!!! Love to you all! Betsy

  303. 6-25-2012

    I have been following your journey for a while and continue to be amazed at your family’s response to what most people would regard as a hopeless situation. God’s grace and love has been shining through you! This scripture has been on my mind since I first heard about Aimee: Genesis 50:20 ‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.’ Your testimony of God’s love and blessing, along with Aimee’s opportunity to help others who are dealing with similar situations will indeed be instrumental in this life-saving process – physically and emotionally as well as eternally. I am so sorry for Aimee’s suffering and pray for her continued healing and recovery, but I am inspired by her reaction – and those surrounding her with so much love and support. The following scripture assures me daily of how much God loves me: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
    Prayers and love to you all.

    • 6-29-2012

      I just came across this again and wanted to share it with you. I hope it encourages you as much as it has me. joniandfriends.org/television/ive-got-questions/
      Love and prayers

      • 7-6-2012

        I was checking out a video on the today website and this video was in the queue. This might not even be an avenue you want to pursue but I felt very impressed to share with you. If you get a chance, watch it and file away the information for the future. video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/48079116#31941052
        Love and prayers for you and your family.

  304. 6-25-2012

    Praying for blessings to be continually bestowed upon you and your family….peace be with you and thank you for setting an example to millions of people !

  305. 6-25-2012

    As I read your blog, I was so blessed to read the strength Aimee has. It helped me to look into my life and truly trust God in whatever circumstances we are faced with.

    I have an ailing father, and all weekend i cried to think of his pain. But, when I read about how Aimee is doing despite her circumstances, it gave me strength to know that the same God that is with her is also with me.

    You are in my Prayers! Thank you so much for letting us know your progress! I continue to pray that God will cover you and your family during this moment!

    God Bless!
    Carolyn

  306. 6-25-2012

    Your daughter is an inspiration to us all. God be with your family.

  307. 6-25-2012

    Continuing to pray for you and your family and especially for Aimee’s progress. What a true witness for our Lord! As a parent of two grown children, I can not imagine what you are going through but I am so blessed by your positive attitude and example that you have set forth. I will continue to follow Aimee’s progress and pray for her daily. May God continue to richly bless you and your family as He works His mighty miracles in each of your lives.

  308. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for posting updates, and being open about the conversations you have and your thought. I am sure they are having an impact on so many. This last update is the most important yet. I was injured and almost lost my leg at 11. I don’t ever remembering thinking why me, just happy for what good things they did to help me and found the positives where I could. I didn’t know why I had that response, I just did. Years later I figured it out. It stemmed from seeing my aunt fight Poli from age 9-19 and now at 68 fighting yet more effects. As a disabled child (she was bed bound for years, and then to a wheelchair, until painful experimental surgery inabled her to walk)she always smiled always wanted to do all she could happy to make improvements, etc. No focus on what she couldn’t do, but what she could do, that was the real unknown for her:)

    She helped me years later in my stuggle, and I know Aimee will help so many in the future. That magnet you have really does say it all! Good luck, and thoughts with all of you!
    -Joan

  309. 6-25-2012

    We have followed Aimee’s story from the first day we saw it. Add us to those following and sending healthy thoughts and prayers her way. I have included this incredible video that “perhaps” Aimee will look at some day. The man in this video has no hands or legs. Sending our love too…… Robert & Erika
    wimp.com/watchingthis/

  310. 6-25-2012

    Give thanks to the lord,cal on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. glory in holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the lord rejoice. look to the lord and his strength; seek his face always remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced

  311. 6-25-2012

    The following lyrics is a song we sing in church. It has helped me in times of trouble/sorrow. I pray it brings you Peace and as the lyrics say,

    Create in me a clean heart, oh God
    And renew a right spirit within me
    Create in me a clean heart, oh God
    And renew a right spirit within me

    Cast me not away from Thy presence, oh Lord
    And take not Thy holy spirit from me
    Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation
    And renew a right spirit within me

    Create in me a clean heart, oh God
    And renew a right spirit within me
    Create in me a clean heart, oh God
    And renew a right spirit within me
    [ Lyrics from: lyricsmode.com/lyrics/k/keith_green/create_in_me_a_clean_heart.html ]
    Cast me not away from Thy presence, oh Lord
    Take not Thy holy spirit from me
    Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation
    And renew a right spirit within me

    Create in me a clean heart, oh God
    And renew a right spirit within me
    Create in me a clean heart, oh God
    And renew a right spirit within me

    Cast me not away from Thy presence, oh Lord
    Take not Thy holy spirit from me
    Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation
    And renew a right spirit within me

    More lyrics: lyricsmode.com/lyrics/k/keith_green/#share

  312. 6-25-2012

    GLORY TO THE MOST HIGH GOD FOR THE THINGS HE HAS DONE. AIMEE IS TRULY A TESTAMENT TO THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WORKS IN US AND THROUGH US, WHEN WE CEDE OUR WILL AND SPIRIT TO HIS WILL AND SPIRIT! AIMEE HAS A CALLING UPON HER LIFE TO DO BIG THINGS FOR THE LORD. I PRAY THAT HUNDRED’S OF THOUSAND’S WILL BE SAVED STRICTLY ON HER TESTIMONY ABOUT HOW ONLY GOD COULD HAVE TURNED WHAT LOOKED LIKE AN ENDING TO THE NATURAL EYE;INTO WHAT WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF AN EXTRAORDINARILY, BLESSED, LIFE FOR AIMEE. THE JOY OF THE LORD IS HER STRENGTH!! AMEN!!!

  313. 6-25-2012

    I have been amazed by your family’s trouble and joy. I hope that many good days are to come. Thoughts are with you all in this difficult time.

  314. 6-25-2012

    So happy to hear that Aimee was able to get out into the sunshine and is improving on a daily basis. Thank you for all your updates.

  315. 6-25-2012

    God bless your whole family ! Aimee! I wish you strength and joy!

  316. 6-25-2012

    I am truly humbled at what an extraordinary young women Aimee is. Aimee, we will continue to pray for you, your family, friends and doctors. You are a shining example of God’s grace. Continue to look to Him for guidance and healing. Through you, I have returned more to prayer than I have in years. God bless you!

  317. 6-25-2012

    dear sweet amiee
    i am praying for you daily, i am amazed at what a strong young women you are. and thank you to dad for keeping us all updated on your progress after all your family has been through your father is as strong as you are and amazing at how strong he is to be able to keep us updated through all the things you are all going through .i pray you get to have daily visits outside i know that makes a big difference in heeling . i think of you all the time and keep praying for you sweetie .
    all our love yvette greg lexie steven

  318. 6-25-2012

    AWESOME, STRONG…..words to describe Amiee…..I know you can do anything Amiee!!! You have already showed us you can….Keep on Girl!!! My toughts and prayers are with you and your family ALWAYS!!

  319. 6-25-2012

    WOW. She is amazing. Even IF (big IF) she is parrotting your thoughts and saying what she thinks you or others want to hear – the understanding that comes with what she is verbalizing means she’s on the right track. She is extremely intelligent and emotionally intelligent. Every cloud has a silver lining, and in this case, it appears Amy creates the silver lining even on clouds that appear to have none.

    I am SO GLAD she got to go outside! Change of scenery is SO important! I imagine in the days and weeks and months to come she will want to be outside more an more. Especially since the topic of her thesis is as such. She will gain strength and perspective – and I’m a believer in FRESH AIR, sunshine and meditation helping her through her pain and pain to come.

    You all continue to amaze me. Andy you have a beautiful hand to write these blog entries. They uplift me more than you know.

    Keep on ROCKIN your recovery Aimee! Peace!

  320. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, your attitude is amazing. It really is inspiring me and pushing me to be a better person in Christ. You are about to impact the World in unbelieveable ways!

  321. 6-25-2012

    I am in awe everytime I read this blog. Aimee is such a strong, amazing person. Her ability to stay so strong and positive should be an inspiration to all. I don’t personally know Aimee but I attend the University of West Georgia and I have seen first hand all the love and support that surrounds her. We are all thinking and praying for all you daily. God bless you all!

  322. 6-25-2012

    I am blessed by the updates of Aimee’s unfolding miracle and privileged to be a part of holding her and your family up in
    prayer. So thankful she is in less physical pain. Her courage
    is not diminished by the many highs and lows that come with
    such a challenge. God bless you all.

  323. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, what an incredible young woman you are!

    It’s a wonderful and uplifting thing to have the thoughts and prayers of friends and strangers thinking about and supporting your recovery.

    God Bless and may each tomorrow be better than the day before!!

    Candy from Pittsburgh PA

  324. 6-25-2012

    May we all face our challenges–big and small–with such grace, wisdom, and peace as Aimee is doing. God Bless you all.

  325. 6-25-2012

    what an incredible young lady you have raised. I dont even know what I will do if that happened to me or any of my kids, I am so very proud of her and I am praying for you all every day. You are an amazing father and you have a great family!!!! God Bless you.

  326. 6-25-2012

    I share your blog with my coworkers….it is so inspiring and as I’ve told Deirdra Carlisle (our good Lake Murray friend), your love and pain are palpable….as a parent you are showing exactly where Aimee got her fortitude….I can’t wait to see the places Aimee will go and the people she will inspire….it will be amazing!! Much love to you all….My family and I are certainly part of TEAM AIMEE!!

  327. 6-25-2012

    Oh Aimee, what a relief that you got to go outside and breathe the free air again!! You WILL be well! Please continue to look forward to living life again. I can’t wait for the day when I see your pretty face smiling, glowing and probably being ‘interviewed’ by some goofy reporter. Heal from the inside out now that the outside in is on the upswing…of course….many prayers….Kitty

  328. 6-25-2012

    Aimee you are such an inspiration and an amazing woman. I gain so much strength in simply reading your dad’s post of your daily progress. I know others do as well. I pray you have continuous success in your new adventure. God is right beside you along with your wonderful family to lead you every step of the way. Many prayers coming your way!

  329. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee,
    I have been following your progress and am amazed at how well you are progressing. I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to be so sick and yet have your attitude. You are truly blessed to have such a loving family and the strong belief in the “Above”. You have probably always been an inspiration to others and now you are an inspiration to the world. I pray that you continue to go forward with your healing in mind and sole. You have a long ways to go but with the prayers of everyone, you will get there.
    Forever praying for you,
    Jo Minor

  330. 6-25-2012

    In February of this year my 5 year old son complained that his arm was hurting him. My wife and I shrugged it off and we got on with our day. My little boy gradually got worse through the day and into the evening. The next day he was still complaining that his arm was hurting so we carried on with Calpol and some TLC. By the third day he was very poorly and his left arm and right hand had swollen to twice the size so we took him to hospital (we are English but live in Dubai). He eventually went for 2 MRI scans before the doctors diagnosed him with NF, I had never heard of it but as the doctors explained by heart sank and we went into shock. He was in terrible pain and there was a real chance he could lose his arm or even worse. The doctors performed surgery and somehow he made it through and recovered. He was very lucky he has bad scarring on his arm and hand but full mobility. My wife and I think God played a massive part in what happened, firstly the surgeon told us that if we had left it 6 hours longer to bring him into hospital then he would have lost his arm, secondly we had the finest doctor who cared for him as originally then wanted to move him to another hospital. The doctor demanded he stayed and he was instrumental in helping him to recover. My wife and I are still getting over the whole thing and it was the worse 2 weeks of our lives. Our love and prayers go out to you all, your strength is amazing and i hope one day we get to meet the wonderful Aimee. God bless X

  331. 6-25-2012

    Dearest Aimee, you are an amazingly strong woman. A true inspiration. Thank you for reminding us that no matter what your disability is, it does not have to be life-ending. Keep the FAITH. You can do this. God bless you!

  332. 6-25-2012

    This is great news!! She is lifted daily in MANY prayers!

  333. 6-25-2012

    You are every bit of amazing. Thank you for the inspiration and the updates!!

  334. 6-25-2012

    the best to you and your family

  335. 6-25-2012

    Beautiful. Our God has been merciful to you and blessed you and caused His face to shine upon you…there is no other way Aimee could attain this peace in such difficulty. May He continue to bless all of you richly. Thank you for sharing. Your encouragement is priceless.

  336. 6-25-2012

    Andy, I find myself checking your blog updates daily as I wake up each morning now counting my blessings and thinking about Aimee and how her night went and praying for a good day for her. She’s beautiful beyond words. When my day starts to get tough, I think of Aimee right away and know that God has this.
    ~ Chantal
    <3

  337. 6-25-2012

    I love this post. First of all YAY of making it outside! That is AWESOME. I am so happy for all of you and so glad that the pain level is better now. I do think it is clear that Aimee has touched more people having gone through this than she would have if it had not have happened. HOW AWESOME! Aimee’s spirit is something I will continue to share with my children to help them through any challenges they may face in their lives. Thank you so much for continuing to share your experience.
    michelle

  338. 6-25-2012

    I have ceased to ask God for help with my trivia.Instead each nite I ask that what might have been spent on me go directly to Aimee. Just a small token of what she deserves. I hope her future blessings far surpass anything we could imagine. She is one of God’s most special children.

  339. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, it must really seem truly difficult each and every day as you face each struggle. You seem to be a young woman of great strength. I continue to think of and pray for you almost daily. Your attitude about what you’re going thru is very admirable and encouraging. Prayers and thoughts will continue for your recovery. I have faith that all will get better and your situation will continue to positively touch many lives. I too have a a daughter that experienced what you have last year. I am happy to say that after a long journey she is healthy and doing well,there’s no doubt you will do the same. Stay positive and strong. Kathy Gibbs

  340. 6-25-2012

    My dearest, beautiful Aimee – While I am not at all surprised by your amazing resilience and indomitable spirit, I AM in awe, inspired, and full of undying admiration. I love you and miss you tremendously. Keep that heart on fire! And in the words of one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?”

    Thinking of you and meditation with you daily, sweet Heart!

  341. 6-25-2012

    God does not make mistakes! All of her studies have apparently led up to her being able to take on the task of helping others regain a full life with limited abilities. She can help people realize that your abilities do not have to be limited. This was her life choice to reach out to people who suffer great physical traumas, and what better way than to be able to honestly say “I know how you feel!”
    God has a plan for all of us, and she is facing her plan with grace and dignity and my prayers will continue to be with her and your family.

  342. 6-25-2012

    Thanks for the update….this is great news for Aimee and for many of us who have been praying for (and weeping) for Aimee all along the way. She is a very strong young women and I believe that God has something in store for her that is very special and that only she has been prepared to do. God bless you all and continue on in the strength of the Lord.

  343. 6-25-2012

    I am a senior at UWG and believe I had class with Amie in the past. Her amazing drive and attitude never cease to amazing me. The mind is a powerful tool in the healing process and her strong mind and a faithful God give me no doubt that she will come out of this stronger in many different ways. I also wanted to share that it’s a small world. I went to HS with Ashley Kurpiel. Amazing woman also and really glad that her and Amie got time together. Amie, your family, and the team of doctors working with Amie are in our families prayers. I know, as a parent myself, that seeing your daughter experience hurdle after hurdle must be hard, but you must also be incredibly proud of her strength and faith. Good job raising her!

  344. 6-25-2012

    Blessings to the Copeland family,
    I try to “stay tuned” to your blogs regarding Aimee’s day to day success and recovery because I not only pray for her and all of you each day…but it is a constant reminder of how easy all of our lives are compared to what all of you have to make it through day to day. Just this past weekend…I had to replant my beans in our large garden for the third time due and I had myself a nice little hissy fit. Everytime a healthy plant makes it through aphids, beetles or whatever “blight” seems to hit it…I go out each morning to water and discover yet another form of destruction. Bunnies (we put up a fence with mesh over the top even!) were trying to eat the tops off the newly emerging plants (we replanted)..and now, just yesterday we had so many holes in our mesh and couldn’t figure out what had gotten in now to eat the entire tops of our plants..until we walked to the west side of the garden. Piles of deer excrement….ugghhh!

    Just when it seems we make any progress toward our beans becoming healthy viable plants and look forward to the taste of fresh beans on our table and even enjoying our harvest throughout the long winter after a season of canning …we are forced to re-plant this garden again!

    I logged in today to check Aimee’s weekend progress and to say yet another prayer for your family…only to see your recent post and “hear” Aimee’s words of wisdom. It made me feel like such a crybaby over my destroyed beans. Instead..even though I’m still frustrated over the loss of my “bounty” I will choose to look at it as a much needed sustenance for our local wildlife who are struggling with the drought we are suffering. In the meantime, we have replanted yet again, repaired our fence and will water and wait for new life to sprout.

    My prayers for all of you is that God will continue to be your light, and our prayers and His Great Love your family’s sustenance to continue on growing in your faith and in the love that you all have for one another in your family. Please tell Aimee thank you for her courage and words of wisdom. For continuing to be a source of inspiration for everyone in this life.

    Much Love and Blessings to you all…
    Julia in Southwestern Michigan

  345. 6-25-2012

    You are such a blessing to many people. Thank you for your testimony and for sharing your story with us.

  346. 6-25-2012

    Andy – I am grateful for the continued improvements of your Aimee. I too am amazed at the reflections of your daughter as they are spiritually breathtaking. My friend, Lisa, survived and our friends and family never question why all this happened. Hers and Aimee’s future will serve a greater purpose if only to bring inspiration and the experiences as to the true joys of life. I know my life has changed for the better…God Bless ~ Julia

  347. 6-25-2012

    God Bless Aimee and your entire family. What faith! What hope! What will! All of us should be so willing to accept our difficulties as blessings. Thanks, Aimee, for opening our eyes to see someone whose true faith shines through.

  348. 6-25-2012

    God bless your family.

    You are all an inspiration. May God be with you.

    I wish you the very best!

    Denise
    New Hampshire

  349. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for continuing to uplift me with the incredible story of Aimee. What an inspiration. Thoughts and prayers continuing to all of you. With love, Debbie

  350. 6-25-2012

    Amen! My wife and kids continue to pray for Jesus’s hand in Aimee’s healing.

  351. 6-25-2012

    I read your post today with tears in my eyes. I am inspired to do less complaining and more exalting as I read of your daughter’s courage and faith. I am in awe of her outlook despite her suffering. May God continue to heal her and bless her and give her an incredible future life of happiness and service.

  352. 6-25-2012

    My name is Jen Brennan. I am just an ordinary 30-something year old who is reading your posts and amazed more and more everyday how unbelievably fantastic your family is. When all we see/hear in the news are stories of murder, war, political scandals, etc, it is SO pleasant to hear that there still is some good in this world, that miracles can happen, and that they are happening to you. I started reading your posts the week of Aimee’s accident. I have to admit, based on your reports, I was very nervous for her recovery. However, as I continued to follow you and your family, I became certain that Aimee would overcome this challenge and that one day, she would recover. I am so so delighted to read the latest news and will continue to keep your beautiful daughter in my thoughts. You have amazing conviction, determination, and passion for life. I wish you all the best. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  353. 6-25-2012

    Very lovely and inspiring. I love that you have proclaimed the right for Aimee (and your family) to mourn. A few years ago I heard a new perspective on the beattitude, “…blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted…” The fresh perspective (to me anyway — maybe many other people already know this) is that it IS the process of mourning that helps bring comfort, i.e. mourning is one of God’s “tools” for seeking His comfort. So it seems that mourning is a powerful thing to do, not just an acceptable thing to do. God bless all of you!

    • 7-7-2012

      That is awesome and thank you for sharing. It is the sharing of scriptures like this that truly brightens my day. I have studied the beatitudes in the past, but I somehow skipped over the significance of mourning. I mentioned to someone how God’s word has been illuminated to me through Aimee’s experience. It is nice to know that His word is also illuminated to everyone else who is following her story. God is indeed great!

  354. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s progress through your blog from the beginning. I feel I know Aimee. I have shed many tears for her. I have prayed for her. Her strength and acceptance are gifts from the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful family, the Copelands. I wish I could be there to wrap my arms around you all. Thank you so much, Andy, for sharing your thoughts with us through your blog. You will never know in this lifetime the impact you have made and all the good that has been planted and nourished. God has plans for Aimee. He has touched her heart and soul. My prayers are with you all.

  355. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,
    You are an amazing young woman. I am in awe of your strength and outlook on life. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers.
    Trudy Snite
    Spartanburg, SC

  356. 6-25-2012

    congratuations Amiee! You have done what most people can’t. You have found a new challenge. the Challenge to help others deal with what you already know is a challenge. We wish you all the luck that your parents, friends, family and others can help you with.
    I have been following your father’s blog since the accident happened and will keep following it!
    Good luck!

  357. 6-25-2012

    I have been following aimee’s story from the beginning. i am so glad that she made it this far, but i knew she would. she is a very strong girl. and, we have a God that answers His children’s prayers. i wish i could be more like aimee. she blesses my heart every time i read about her. i just wish i could have her strength and courage. she is gonna change the world. may God bless you all and keep you in His protective embrace. sincerely, chasity

  358. 6-25-2012

    What an amazing daughter you have. Wow! Every time I read your updates I am once again amazed at what an amazing woman she is. God bless you and your family.

  359. 6-25-2012

    Keep your eyes focused on God’s long term plan for you out of this ordeal. All things( good and bad) work together for good for those whose trust is in the Lord.God will see you through.
    Keep smiling, you have such a beautiful one.

  360. 6-25-2012

    Your family is a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story!

  361. 6-25-2012

    I can never read these blogs without that rubberband ball in my throat…i hold back the tears of empathy within my soul for you Aimee…and I understand what it is like to know you muct be strong…because the sadness is too deep. However the positive mindset will help you through the tough times…I hope you can enjoy the nature more…i agree that it is the best therapy. I am rooting for you as always. Keep moving forward Warrior ; )

  362. 6-25-2012

    My brother suffer a lot lost one of his arms.and was going to loose his legs,but by grace of god the doctor saved them.he is now fully recover and he is living a normal life . God has a destiny for everyone. I pray god to give you courage and strength !!

  363. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, you are a true inspiration to us all. God has a plan for us all, but most of the time we don’t understand it or just fight it thru our whole life. You have accepted your challenge and God will use you for his glory and may He bless you beyond yor wildest dreams. Thank you for your service in His kingdom. A brother in Christ, Joey

  364. 6-25-2012

    Aimee your strength is amazing. I pray for you everyday. I wish you the very best. I don’t believe in accidents. God does everything for a reason. We don’t know the why yet but one day you will. Take it one day at a time Aimee. God has big plans for you. And to Aimee’s family wow you are all amazing too. Your faith and hope is so inspiring. :-)

  365. 6-25-2012

    The whole world is watching and praying for your beautiful daughter, she is on our prayer list at church. You and your wife raised a wonderful young lady, be proud as you should be…God Bless each of you, and he will alway keep you in the palm of his hand..Footsteps in the sand…at your lowestis when I carried you..Thank you for your letters of progess..God Bless

  366. 6-25-2012

    Very touching moments..Inspirational, God’s presence is with Aime, I am pretty sure, by faith not by sight that He will use Aime incredible..actually, He is now using her…like she says..to be an example of courage. Nothing can separate Aime from the Lord..Not life or death, good times or bad times..She is faithful and I know God’s heart pleases with Aime…God keep blessing you, thank you for sharing you story..thank you for this great testimony of Love, care, inconditional LOVE.

  367. 6-25-2012

    What an amazing girl & family! We continue to keep you all in our prayers. Aimee is an inspiration to all.

  368. 6-25-2012

    The reason you have an incredible daughter is because she reflects what kind of parents she has, especially, her father. I read your blogs, pray for her, and know God is listening, and will keep your daughter getting better each day. You, and Aimee are an inspiration to all of us. May God continue to bless you, and obviously in the process, he is molding your hearts, and ours. When I walk my little dog at night, and I see the stars in the sky, I know that one of those stars is Aimee, inspiring us all to be better, and not only accept the Will of God, but count our blessings in the process. Looks like Aimee knows how to make lemonade with the lemons life threw at her.

    I never read blogs before, but I feel, in a way, I know Aimee, and her father. You, Aimee, and your wife are bright stars on God’s earth. I shall continue my prayers for Aimee, and you, and your wife. I cannot even imagine how all this feels from your side of the fence.

    Aimee, keep it up girl! You are a trooper, and an inspiration. God loves YOU!

    Lovingly,

    Victoria Rembeau Miko, Los Angeles, CA

    • 6-26-2012

      Well said. I and my family continue to think of you. I look for your dads blogs everyday. I am so glad that you got a chance to enjoy outside and feel the warmth of the sunshine. I think about you guys all the time. You have truly been an inspiration to me.

  369. 6-25-2012

    Never commented…..until now. Looking each day for an update, and wondering, worrying as the days passed that it may not be good news. Lost the “no news, good news” mantra for a bit.
    This “news” was worth the wait.
    I am in awe, and adoration of Aimee!!!
    What a gift she is to the world to show us what gracious strength, determination, and, yes, even tenaciousness is! I expect she will say that there are others more so than she. Possible, but this moment in time is hers!
    Rough roads still ahead. Certainly. Faltering emotional fortitude. Allowed, and expected. Going the distance. Without question.
    Rooting, and praying for you, Beautiful Aimee.
    BTW….appreciate all the posts, and love THIS Family. You are Rock Rockers!!!

  370. 6-25-2012

    Oh Amy, I have been praying for you so much. I am glad that you are coming thru a period of difficulties with such a positive outlook. It is a parent that can look at their child and hurt when the child hurts and cries when th child cries but it is a parent’s job to be supportive and offer unconditional love. God is our father and he offers us all more that we are worthy to accept. Your dad here on Earth is a full extention of our Heavenly Father… he is doing a remarkable job keeping people at bay but informed, all-the-while soliciting prayer and love for you! In Him, Michele

  371. 6-25-2012

    Great post. I wish Aimee had not traveled this tough road, but I am amazed how she wants to find opportunity for the positive in the midst of adversity. I pray she will not need to search far for fulfillment of that. I also pray that her children will inherit her spirit of reliance upon the Lord and being content in whatever circumstance they find themselves.
    best to your family

    bob

  372. 6-25-2012

    Just praying for all those who are touched by her story who do not know that Lord – that the Lord just speak to them through conviction in their soul and that they turn their lives over to Him – the great Healer. Jehovah Rapha! Also pray that the Lord shares some of these blessings with Aimee so that she can get a tiny glimpse of how God is using her journey to change lives! Continuing to pray for Aimee, the hospital staff and your family. That God continue to lift you all up and give you that peace that surpasses all understandings. What a privilege it is to be a part of this journey through this blog. Thank you!

  373. 6-25-2012

    Dearest Aimee: What a blessing I have received from just knowing you these past days. Oh yes, God is watching over you and me…helping us in our frailities. I Love You Aimee :) Janet

  374. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee;
    I just finished reading your fathers blog and I am deeply amazed at your outlook on life, your strength and your resolve surrounding your young life.
    I truely admire your determination and will. You are in my thoughts as well as my prayers.
    God Bless you and your wonderful family.
    Michelle

    (Savannah, Missouri)

    s

  375. 6-25-2012

    Aimee-
    I cannot tell you how much your words have moved me. ” I am blessed to be different.” This is such a true and powerful statement.
    I have suffered from Cerebral Palsy since birth. I am confined to a wheelchair, and I cannot walk unaided. On the outside, I have never let my difficulties become a source of pain for others. I have a smile and positive thought at the ready to motivate and inspire anyone. Along the way, however, I lost myself.
    I have seen it as a mission to love others, and to use what skills I have to help them reach their full potential, but I always considered myself to be unworthy of the same. On the inside, being different was just a source of separation, a dividing line between me and “them.” I always felt and still feel lesser than anyone else. Now, I think I understand why.
    I never let my difficulty be a blessing. I just said the words as if they were a habit but no longer believed them. I am unique. I have and will experience things in a way that no one else can. Every obstacle is just another learning experience that I will carry with me and share. I hope that in those moments of anger, frustration, pain, and sorrow you will find comfort in being different, being special. Every moment will make you stronger. Continue to believe that this is for a greater purpose.
    Thank you for being so strong, and for reminding me that I have the same strength. Even though so many people have said this to me in 26 years of life, and I sometimes take them for granted, Aimee, you are an inspiration to me.

    • 7-7-2012

      Wow, thanks Matthew. It is difficult for me to type with tears in my eyes, but that’s what your post has done for me.

      Years ago I taught a Sunday school class and one of my students was a young man with cerebral palsy. He always had a big smile and a positive outlook. Unfortunately, he also passed away several years ago at a young age. Your post made me think of him. I thank God for your similar take on life. You are one of the many from whom I draw my inspiration. God bless you.
      Andy

  376. 6-25-2012

    My prayers are certainly with you, Copeland Family! I am always amazed every time I read the courageous words and actions from Aimee in the AJC. This time, I had to click on the father’s page and read the entire article. Aimee, you will continue to be blessed so that you can continue to be a blessing to others. Your warm spirit and such uplifting and encouraging words during such a difficult time displays just how much of a beautiful person you must be both inside and out. I did not know you before now, but if your “now” is any indication of your past, I know that you have always been a true inspiration! Aimee, stay strong, and believe…You CAN do all things, through Christ, who strengthens you!”(Phillipians 4:13)

  377. 6-25-2012

    This is the first time I have read your blog. I have followed Aimee’s progress through the media. Your blog brought me to tears to hear how your daughter is viewing her trials so far and the trials that lay ahead. So often we get overwhelmed with even the smallest of trials that we have to bear in life. I find that I need to complain less and see all the blessings that are in my life. I have a cousin who had a gun accident over 15 years ago which left him a paraplegic. I hadn’t seen him since his accident and was finally given the opportunity to visit him this month. My mother always told me what an amazing man he was but I really didn’t know him for myself. After visiting him I was amazed and blesses by this wonderful man. He has a strong commitment to God and never complains. He faces each day as a challenge worth facing. He and his wife adopted 2 children from Guatemala and are wonderful parents. He recently was hospitalized with MRSA on his foot. The infection spread and he even had kidney failure. He has recovered and when I visited him he never complained. He has lost some of his strength which he is sure he will recover. He is able now to put his own wheelchair in the car once again but he is dependent on his 7 year old son to help him in and out of the car. He told me he is so blessed to have his son and couldn’t imagine surviving without him. I fully expect him to fully recover from his ordeal and be stronger spiritually because of it. People like my cousin and Aimee give so many inspiration and hope in whatever life brings them. I will pray for your family daily. God Bless

  378. 6-25-2012

    I just sobbed after reading this.

    Her acceptance–her courages awes me. I have a 9 year old autistic son that struggles every day. Her outlook inspires me to accept what I cannot change.

  379. 6-25-2012

    I love to read these updates and I feel so humble when I read of such courage. I have had some loss in my life and often wonder when I read here, was I that grace filled in the midst of such pain? I think not but I do know that your Aimee is an inspiration and has been saved to give hope to others. Thank you for sharing her progress. With Kind Regards to you all, Faye Elizabeth Gardner of Suffolk VA

  380. 6-25-2012

    I too am awestruck by Aimee’s strengths, conviction, and outlook! She surely will go on to bless others in life who suffer such loss. She will be a shining example of what can still be!

    You may be right about times of frailty, but somehow I have a feeling she will remember all she has endured, and remember how she realized, that Our Lord, has special plans for her!

    Amazingly, Aimee has listened to her heart and soul, heard the words and thoughts that were within her formed by her own personality and providence. Her outlook on all that is to come is indeed a blessed thing to celebrate!

    You are amazing Aimee! I pray for a quick recovery with little pain. You have endured so much for someone so young! I pray the rest of your life is filled with nothing but happiness! Happiness is all you deserve!

    Christine

  381. 6-25-2012

    God continue to bless Aimee and all of you! You all are special.

  382. 6-25-2012

    you have responded to extreme adversity in a manner which we all hope that we would but in honesty doubt if we could—God bless you and keep you through all your future endeavors–i pray for you to continue to be the shining light you have been for so many people–

  383. 6-25-2012

    Dear Sir,
    I am in Dallas, TX and praying for Aimee and your family. I sing with a gospel group, Trusting Hymn and I sent our most recent CD for Aimee and your family to have several weeks ago. I sent it to the hospital. Just wanted to see if you received that?

    God bless!

  384. 6-25-2012

    We here in dallas are so happy and excited to see daily progress in Aimee, not just physically, but God has blessed us all with her strength, courage and faith. My coworkers ask me daily how she is and I start off the conversation with “she’s and angel….Thank you Dad for sharing the hardest times and better times with those of us who see what God is doing. God Bless you and all your family.

  385. 6-25-2012

    Every time i read your blog it makes me cry. I think of my children and could not imagine what your family is going thru, what Aimee is going thru. I have been so amazed with Aimee strength and so touched by all the prayers around the world for her and your family. Aimee and your family has touched so many hearts, you have the world behind you praying for her daily. She is truly an amazing young lady and you are so blessed to have her as a daughter. God Bless you always Aimee.

  386. 6-25-2012

    Aimee and Family,
    I’ve followed your story from day one but did not comment due to the lack of words to convey what an amazing and wonderful family and person you are. As I sit and read this blog I can no longer not try to convey to you some of those words. I have seen my mom come back from stage IV colon cancer and my 18 month old niece come back from kidney cancer from the sheer grace of God, so I am very familiar with the after midnight hospital routine. But the amount of pain of my family and how we banded together to help our people through it strikes such a chord with me. I am so so truly blessed to be able to read your blog and have tears streaming down my face as I right this. Aimee, you are helping me. Right now I have more strength because of what you are going through. You are helping so many people understand that they need to band together and help each other out. I’ve started a “pay it forward” once a week in your honor but it does not seem enough. I will continue to look for ways to show you what you are going through is God’s will and you are one of the most remarkable women in the world. I am so in awe of you and you are as always in my daily prayers!

  387. 6-25-2012

    Praying for Aimee in Huntsville, Ontario. Canada

    Job 23:10

  388. 6-25-2012

    Go, Aimee, go! You are an inspiration to everybody! If you can overcome this, everyone has a chance to overcome their own difficulties!

  389. 6-25-2012

    I have been following your progress. I am an orthopedic surgeon so I am seen people like you give hope to thousands. Your testimony is a true gift from God and I hope and pray he blesses you as you heal. It’s truly inspring to find young people such as yourself find peace that only can be felt when truly consumed by the holy spirit. God Bless

  390. 6-25-2012

    May God continue to bless you Aimee. I am in awe of your courage. I do believe your strength has made me a stronger person. I look forward to following your continued progress. What a truly beautiful family you have.

  391. 6-25-2012

    So amazing. I seriously doubt that i could be that strong and have such a positive outlook under the same condition. Prayer are continuing for you all. God’s an amazing and all powerful God. His grace and miracles have and will always humble me. God bless ya’ll.

  392. 6-25-2012

    I pray for Aimee every day…I broke my ankle in an accident in May and every time I develop pain I think of her…no comparison to what you and your family are going thru…
    so glad to hear she is improving!

  393. 6-25-2012

    My thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family. Aimee is a very strong young woman I can tell. Just be strong and aways keep your faith in God. I lost my favorite uncle to NF in 2000. I can’t remember what all happened. I was only 18 years old back then. I know he was all swollen up though. It was a sad time in my life. I rebelled because I lost him. But, I am so glad I got saved in 2002. God is great. Peace, love and God bless.
    ~Sarah~

  394. 6-25-2012

    Wow, that is amazing. It makes me remember my own frailties and how I often think of them as curses and never as blessings or opportunities. Thanks Aimee for inspiring me. For some reason, I am reminded of Phil. 4:

    4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

    5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

    6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  395. 6-25-2012

    I am so inspired by Aimee’s courage. What a great woman she must be. I have been following her story and I am just in awe of her. How she dealing and coping is amazing. You all as a family are just wonderful. I am sure others will be inspired by Aimee as well. She is meant for great things I am sure. I will continue to pray for her and your family. Always keep that love in your heart. When I read your post I can feel your pain and passion for Aimee. Please tell her that I am praying for her healthy. She has a great life ahead of her. I am sure God has something great in store for her.

    Prayers,
    Donna

  396. 6-25-2012

    I, too, am amazed by Aimee. She’s extraordinary. I pledge my support, forever.

  397. 6-25-2012

    As I sit here and read your weekly blogs’, I am still
    amazed and humbled by Aimee’s courage. She is an
    inspiration beyond words. Blessings to all of you,
    I am praying every day and I am not a very spiritual
    person, so that in itself says a lot.

    Huggggs.
    Jeanette

  398. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s progress since this all started and I must say this is one remarkable young lady. It would be so easy to withdrawal and be angry, it takes a very special person to view the positive from a negative. God’s plans for us can take us to places we could never before imagine but what we do when we get to those places says alot about who we really are. I certainly wish Aimee only the very best and I will keep her in my prayers as well as her family.

  399. 6-25-2012

    I am blessed to read about Aimee’s response about being blessed. Many of us have been praying for her, your family, the doctors and nurses, insurance, money, etc. etc. In the years to come, Aimee, we will continue to life you up in prayer as the Lord brings you to mind. I wonder if anyone has contacted Joni Erickson Tada, who had a spinal injury as a teen and has lived a life glorifying God, and who also has incredible ministries for disabled people around the world? Aimee’s physical situation is not unlike that of Joni’s, although the causes are different. Blessings to all of you, especially to beautiful Aimee.
    Love in Christ, Marie Harrison in Siler City, NC

  400. 6-25-2012

    I continue to be amazed at the love and attitude that has brought you through such an event as this. I have followed the story and I admit that I am indeed inspired by your family. Aimee has been amazing through all this. Her willingness to work thru these challenges will be what gets her through the tough therapy and adjustments she will face. God has blessed your family thru his amazing grace. My prayers and hope will continue to be with all of you.

  401. 6-25-2012

    I will be 87 years old on July 17. I have my share of health issues that others my age have. God has always been an important part of my life. I am just completely at a loss to truly express my admiration of Aimee. She truly is a modern day Job—all of the bad ‘stuff’ that she has had to endure, just as Job had to endure, and like Job, Aimee is still praising God. I don’t know if Aimee is praying the ‘Serenity Prayer’, or not, but she cetainly is living it.
    I am in prayer for her several times each day, also for her parents, I just cannot imagine having to see one of my daughters go through such a terrible, terrible thing.
    I am very glad that I found this blog, so that I don’t have to wait for the channel 11 news or a newspaper.
    God Bless all of you.

  402. 6-25-2012

    We have been praying for Aimee since her story appeared in the news and will continue praying for her. No one knows why things like this happen, but we do know that God has a purpose for the rest of Aimee’s life. Thank you for posting information on your blog about her condition so we will know of her improvement. God bless Aimee and her family. Our prayers continue.

  403. 6-25-2012

    I have followed your story since I first heard about it on the news. You are an incredible young woman and you are and will continue to be an inspiration to all.
    I admire you so much for your strength, courage and the positive outlook that you have on your circumstance. You are destined to do great things.
    I am so happy to hear how strong you are getting and I will continue to pray for your healing. GOD Bless and a speedy recovery

  404. 6-25-2012

    Tears as I read this not of sorrow but of peace. as you speak of the journey outside to the beautiful Georgia pines in my minds eye I can see the peace that Amiee has in her heart and being outside in All of Gods beauty can only help with her healing. still praying for you all. May God keep his loving arms wrap around you all.

  405. 6-25-2012

    I am so inspired by your daughter Aimee, she is truly a blessing to so many by her inner strength and resilience. I know it comes from the Lord and that He must have mighty plans for her to accomplish (Jeremiah 29:11) Aimee, you and the rest of you family will be in my continued prayers. God bless you all.

    Blessings,

    Buz Phelan

  406. 6-25-2012

    I having been following news on Aimee from the beginning. I pray throughtout the day and night if I wake for God to ease her suffering and to grant the strength to fight. I have prayed for you, her parents, because as a mother of 3 grown sons and 6 grandchildren I can only imagine how you want to change places with her. But I also KNOW the GOD is bigger than any of this and am humbled at your blogs. On days when I feel some stupid irritation creepying in, I think of your precious Aimee and ask God for forgiveness at being to weak and self centered. May He continue to bless you and keep. Praying always.

  407. 6-25-2012

    Wow…I will pray for Aimee. What a grounded, intelligent, self-confident woman. We’ll never know why things happen to us, I think it’s another way of growing. My heart is touched by this powerful woman. God Bless Aimee and her family and friends who are helping her through this challenge.

  408. 6-25-2012

    Your daughter is a true hero and you are amazing as well for telling her story so eloquently. Blessings are coming to all who are involved with your incredible saga as well. We are blessed to be able to read it through your writings.
    Thank you!

  409. 6-25-2012

    You are such a wonderful writer. When I read your posts, I feel so in tune with what you are trying to convey. I’m so glad to hear that the sun’s rays have made an appearance, and I will pray for more days than nights for all of you!
    When I read Aimee’s response to your questions, I was reminded of a little picture from a calendar that I once saw: it was 2 paths with a sign pointing to path 1 which read “Your life” and a sign pointing to the other one that read “No longer an option.” I think of that picture often, for big things & small things… & it reminds me to trust that God has me on the right path. May God always make the “right” path appearant to Aimee. :)

  410. 6-25-2012

    Joyous news of Aimees improving………beyond words! There is victory in surrender and Godly contentment brings great gain. I truly pray that each awakening day that Aimee’s life will become more and more amazing. That Gods amazing grace will fill up the places where Aimee is lacking anything!
    May God continue to be your souls anchor and assist you all! May you each come to know the Lord more and more intimitely and savor His love in your hearts everyday! He loves each of you deeply and everlastingly!Always remember this little gem:
    Many things are possible for the person who has HOPE. Even more is possible for the person who has FAITH. Still more is opossible for the person who knows how to LOVE. BUt all things are even more possible to the person who practices and perserveres in all three virtues………FAITH and HOPE and LOVE! The peace of God that far surpasses all understanding to each of your hearts. SO happy for you! Sending you love, hugs, prayers, and rainbows! <3

    • 6-25-2012

      PS) Aimee is a gift; and God has now gifted her by equipping her in her life of adjustment with vision and inspiration.May every new adjustment hold special blessing and promice. HE WILL BRING BEAUTY FROM ASHES. Aimee; I pray you will be blessed with such great inner joy and victory that your heart has never known! BETTER THAN ANY OTHER JOY YOU HAVE YET EXPERIENCED. MAY GOD TRULY REDEEM ALL OF THIS FOR HIS GLORY, YOUR ETERNAL GOOD, AND THE BENEFIT OF MANY OTHERS THAT YOU CAN ENCOURAGE AND BRING HOPE TO ALONG YOUR WAY.! oops. :) The Love of GOd hold you up and keep you strong and perservering! ” Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope, it can outlast anything. It is in fact , the one thing that still stands when everything else has fallen. ” :)

  411. 6-25-2012

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    Your story has touched us so much that my children (ages 9 & 13) would like to donate their allowance money to help me pay for this:
    amazon.com/Brewster-4-065-Forest-Oregon-10-Inch/dp/B0015TYSOO/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hg_6
    I did not know if the hospital would allow it but when you said those four walls are closing in on her, this thought came into my mind. I would love to be able to do anything at all. We have already donated through the paypal site but if you think you could get this or any other wall mural up on Amazon, I would love to send it to you. I have Prime shipping so I could get it to you overnight with an address.
    Thank you,
    The Springers

  412. 6-25-2012

    I am honored to follow Aimee’s story as I am alwayss encouraged by her growth. Mr. Copeland, I thank you for sharing such a personal experience. I have a condition that keeps me home from work. Not nearly anything like Aimee has. But, I have good days and bad days. Sometimes it is as if the nighttime doesn’t go away. So I read and pray and come out of it; only through encouragement and God’s Grace. We have to have God’s Grace. I am also amazed at Paige. Her warmth and love and encouragement to her family is uplifting.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share a couple of my favorite verses.

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Amen) the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consoloation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation. 2 Cor. 1:3-7

    May the God of our salvation bless you and encourage you today.

    Continued prayers and In His Love: Tracy

  413. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, no matter how you feel about what has happened, you are an inspiration to me. Your heroic courage continues to bring me to tears. Even if in the days ahead you wonder, “why me, God?” you will still inspire me. Even Christ asked, “let this cup pass from Me” and “why have you abandoned me?”

    Donna, Paige, and Andy, you are like Mary, Mary, and John as they went with Christ through His suffering. It was horrible for them to watch Him suffer, yet they never left His side, were never filled with hatred. They looked only at what God would accomplish through Jesus.

    Thank you all for being a continuing witness to Jesus’ love, mercy, kindness, and sacrifice. Your family is bringing Jesus’ light to the world. I know Jesus will use what has happened to help others, save souls, and bring His kingdom even more into our midst.

    May God bless you all. I cannot wait to meet you all in Heaven.

    Please tell Aimee that I am so grateful for her courage. And even if in the days ahead she mourns what she has lost, I will stay by her side. I will still be proud of her. And even if you three are hurting because of what happened to Aimee, I will still be on your side. I will still be proud of you.

    Your family is not heroic because they are superhuman. Your family is heroic because you are human, and because you allow Jesus to strengthen you. You have never left him through this. And He has never and will never leave you.

    “When you saw only one set of footprints, that is when I carried you.”

    I am always praying. I love you all.

    Lots of love,
    Lisa

  414. 6-25-2012

    I continue to be blown away by Aimee’s courage and strength. I believe God has a special plan for her and knew she was the woman that could execute His plan perfectly. She will continue to reach people that she may never meet but will have made a difference in their lives. May God continue to bless Aimee and her entire family. You are all incredible!

  415. 6-25-2012

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Copeland; You do have an amazing daughter! You are profoundly blessed and

    Greetings Mr. and Mrs. Copeland!
    May Jesus Himself, and God our Father reach out to you in love and surprise you with gifts of unending help and confidence and put a fresh heart in you. May He invigorate you and take you by the hand and lead you along the path of Gods love and Christs endurance. Grace and peace!:)

  416. 6-25-2012

    GO AIMEE!! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, The Collins Family!

  417. 6-25-2012

    Courageous describes Aimee Copeland.
    Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome describes Andy Copeland..

  418. 6-25-2012

    Aimee continues to amaze me! I can feel her determination, unbelievable attitude and faith that pours out through the beautiful words that you write in your blog, Andy. I am SO happy that Aimee was able to go outside and breathe fresh air and look at the beauty that was surrounding her. She truly is an inspiration to me and I know God is using Amy as an example for all of us for she has touched so many and brought together communities of people and prayer all over the world. God Bless you and your family, Aimee! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers every day!! Much love.

    Debbie Majors

  419. 6-25-2012

    Aimee I just want to tell you how much of an inspiration you are, you will get through this and you will be a better person because of it. I went to college with Angie Harris Nixon and have followed your story through her and am truly amazed at how well you are doing.
    I share a similar story of the unexpected happening during my college years. In my forst semester of school I was in a bad car accident and had multiple severe injuries including broken back and spinal cord damage. I was in the hospital for over 90 days and my family was told there was only a 20% chance I would ever walk again. Iam happy to say I do walk and do sometimes suffer from pain and walk with a limp but really I am so thriled for what I have overcome. I know you have that same strength in you and will keep you in my prayers!!!

  420. 6-25-2012

    Tears are in my eyes. Aimee is teaching us all some priceless lessons. She is writing her master’s thesis from her hospital room.
    Yours is an amazing family- a combination of strength and grace in the midst of an horrific challenge. The circumstances would overwhelm any family, yet that has not happened to yours. I am humbled by your example and I am grateful.

  421. 6-25-2012

    I have been reading these for quite awhile now and have often wanted to comment but couldn’t think of anything to say. Andy writes so eloquently he leaves me speechless ( which as anyone will tell you is hard to do !!) …but I do want you to know how much I am thinking about you, so I will say…” YOU GO GIRL, YOU ABSOLUTELY ROCK ” Maureen from Saskatchewan, Canada

  422. 6-25-2012

    Concentrate on what you can do-not on what you can’t.

  423. 6-25-2012

    Andy,
    We are ALL less than perfect, or we wouldn’t be human. You have not only a very couragous daughter, but also a very “together” family.

  424. 6-25-2012

    “preordained”. I think you’re on the right track with this. Without going into myriad details of what others considered a “tragedy” in my life, I am here to tell you that it was instead a blessing and a gift from God – and I am only able to believe that because I realized that He intended and knew before he created the earth what would take place in my life. Because I know His sovereign decree is not in error.
    I’m no theologian – and make no mistake, I still cry over this time in my life. I still get angry and rail against the plan….but in His mercy, I remain ever grateful. I have been following Aimee’s journey, and will continue to pray for her.

  425. 6-25-2012

    I never really truly understood the sacrifice God made for us when he sent his son to die on the cross….until I had children of my own. In my prayers, I also prayed for you and your wife, because I just couldn’t imagine the pain you both have endured via this entire ordeal. Thanks for the updates!

  426. 6-25-2012

    What a precious gift Aimee is to you and the rest of the world. God bless you and I continue to pray for all of you…Sherri

  427. 6-25-2012

    You have one incredible young woman there – you have led your family well sir…

    ~ Jeff

  428. 6-25-2012

    WOW!!!! What a BLESSING Aimee is to all of us!!! Her courage, strength, attitude, faith, love, hope, purity and greatfulness is so encouraging! Nothing short of AMAZING!!!! Was so thrilled to hear she was able to get in the wheelchair and get outside!! I know you were all enjoying that SO much!!!! Being able to be outside in God’s creation is so soothing and calming! Aimee is blessed to be a blessing!!! It’s not what happens to us in life, it’s how we handle what happens to us!! She (and your entire family) is the perfect example of how to handle adversity! So excited to hear of her progress and that her pain is diminishing! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Y’all are in our prayers daily. We serve an AWESOME God and He has a plan for ALL OF US! We may not realize it or recognize it; and we may not even understand it. But, we know it is HIS plan and not ours. And, he knows best!! May God bless you all! Thanks for sharing your life with us!!! Love and blessings, Kelley

  429. 6-25-2012

    Hi Andy & family… I just read this and it is so touching that Aimee is taking this so well. It really makes me feel ashamed at the times I have gumbled about little things that don’t really matter. I pray that she continues to heal and get stronger each day. I know one thing she has made me feel closer to the LORD and thank him more each day for my life and my family and that we should live life to the fullest and not look back.I will keep on praying that she can take one day at a time and know that GOD is still in control. Love you and your family…Diane Davis

  430. 6-25-2012

    i have followed your recovery from day one.I am pleased that you are dewing very well.Sometimes life takes us on different trails.I to was in a bad car wreck which they give me up to die and i said to my self that i want to live no matter how i would look or what ever that was when i was 19 now i am 57 and yet my life is to always to live it at my very best even if things don,t go my way.Iam blessed.And God has blest you with the will to live.Take care Aimee.PS when it rains always look for Sun shine

  431. 6-25-2012

    What an uplifting blog! May God continue to use “Amazing” Aimee in her challenges to challenge the rest of us to face our challenges with faith and trust in the Lord that He may be glorifed even more!

    • 6-25-2012

      What an amazing blog! Thanks, so much, for sharing! My prayers are with you all!

  432. 6-25-2012

    Wow, I’m speechless and in tears. God bless Aimee — she is an inspiration to us all.

  433. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, I haven’t heard anything greater in weeks than the words that you have been upgraded to “GOOD” condition. I pray for you every day, for your healing and for my understanding of what this must be like for you. I know that I cannot truly understand what you have been through. You must have thousands of people praying for you here as well as around the globe. I believe in the power of prayer and I hope that someday I may be able to meet you as I have learned much from you and your battle.

    Blessings,

    Kathy Knox
    Ellijay, Ga.

  434. 6-25-2012

    I have been reading your blog since the beginning and have not responded until now.I guess I have been so amazed and ah inspired by your whole family that I just didn’t know what to say? I cannot read your blog without tears of joy and amazement.Aimee has been blessed to have been born into such a loving supportive family.I really don’t think Aimee has any idea the effect she has had on the whole world! This is the first “blog”I have ever read much less responded to,but I just had to.Thank you for being so transparent and real.I will continue to pray for Aimee and your family and I do know God has plan.

  435. 6-25-2012

    I’ve written before. I have a genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis. You can go to my blog if you want to learn more; I have links to other sites there. I am writing to share something I wrote a long time ago. After reading about Aimee’s feelings of being blessed, I thought of it. I feel that way too, Aimee. Even though I’m in pain 24/7….there are things about this experience that are a blessing. I’ve learned so much. I just turned 59 on Saturday, and as I enter my 60th year, I try to hold on to the thoughts of being blessed. But anger comes up too. When it does, accept it, don’t resist it. What you resist, presists. So thank it for sharing, let it in and let it go. Here’s the piece:

    Bumps of Beauty
    By Sherri Silesky ©
    (meant to be read aloud with few pauses)

    Word count: 1,024

    Airbrushed beauty beaming up from the pages of magazines and down at us from billboards marching proudly on our city streets, brightly lit at night so that we won’t miss the larger-than-life smiles filled with too-white teeth, straight as the light bulbs that shine on them, the abundant, radiant hair that glimmers too, the creamy white, black or brown skin flawless and blemish-free even though we know it’s not true, we believe it so we buy the soap, the toothpaste, the clothes and once upon a time, the cigarettes but that’s all over why is there not a law against the rest of it? We know it’s not true, because we see each other on the streets, in the workplace and at school every day and we see the imperfections we are all born with save the few who make it to the pages of those magazines who still, even with the born perfections, must have more perfection airbrushed into the lines and creases to make sure that perfection doesn’t get by us mere mortals.

    We know it’s not true, as we stare into the plate-glass windows of the stores that hold our fondest wishes; the things we covet and believe we can’t live without yet behold! We still live. The things just out of reach but will never be ours and even if we get them they somehow leave us feeling empty which should be a lesson. As small children we played in and around the boxes that held the toys rather than with the toys themselves but then of course, we got older and that wasn’t enough and the airbrushed bodies that hold the goodies we now want but most times cannot have start to look good, so we begin to covet them and continue to do so forever unless we learn it’s not true, oh my.

    We know it’s not true when we are born with the most imperfect bodies even more imperfect than the normal overweight, blemished, lopsided smile, crooked-nosed, large-jawed, legs to short, arms too long, hair not right, neck to long, butt to big human being. And here we are, with bumps that cover our bodies in numbers too many to count that send us into the shadows in shame or to the operating table alongside the ones with the tumors inside, large and small that run up and down our legs and arms, in our chests, our organs or crawl up our spines leaving us in mind-numbing pain or confined to our wheelchairs or beds far away from the billboards of beauty.

    But it’s okay, because we know it’s not true.

    And if that’s not enough there are those who can’t walk, can’t see, can’t hear but miraculously, somehow, overcome all those obstacles and emerge more whole than the airbrushed beauties the smart ones know to ignore.

    What a miracle it is to be born whole and how unlikely is it, really, for that to happen given all that could go wrong in the cell dividing process of becoming human. The culprit, thanks to science is identified in genes 17 and 22 on that ladder of life, DNA. That twisting, turning Escher-like double helix , the tell-tale spell binding truth of who we are, what we are likely to become.

    We wait for the time-bomb of our NF to go off; will it be soon, while we are young? or will it skulk around in our bodies, dashing about or hiding behind organs, tissues, nerve-endings, tiny, meaningless until — until something, who knows what, ticks it off and poof! they grow, these tumors, these parasites, pushing about like bullies on the playground, growing faster, bigger then the rest of whatever else is in there and soon, like the bully, it pushes on the nerve-endings too much and the host body is racked with pain as the doctors scratch their collective heads wondering what in the world is wrong, have you seen a psychiatrist? An MRI? Well, okay and we slide into the cigar-like tube with earplugs to dull the sound of the thud-thud-thudding and the cluck-cluck-clucking like the coconuts used to make the sound of horses running in Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I laughed so hard in the first of my 30 or so MRI’s that they had to stop and start again but it turned out not be funny at all.

    So my first surgery was at 40 which is late, so I’m told and according to that first MRI at age 36 when there were so many tumors one neurologist who didn’t know me assumed I was in a nursing home but was, miraculously, living my life just fine thank you. So this was quite the shock to learn that I could be paralyzed from the neck down if I didn’t have the surgery and maybe even if I did. It all depended on if the tumor was sitting there like a grape or wrapped around the nerves (which wouldn’t be good) but it was like a grape and I am not paralyzed though sometimes with fear, I am.

    So now it’s back, the pain though this time in my lumbar spine and the pills I am on to stop the pain could put out my entire apartment complex though my body has become accustom to them and they practically don’t work, which means trying different pills oh heavens this is too much I just want to be normal, whatever the heck that is.

    Somewhere in our hearts we know it’s not true, all the hubbub at the Oscars, the Emmys the Grammy’s, all that glitter and perfection all gathered together so we can gawk and wish we were there, or them or both. If this NF of ours teaches us anything it should teach us that it is not true; not the billboards, magazines, movies, television, awards — none of it. None of it is true. We are true. We with our imperfections, our bumps, our tumors, our disfigurements teach us this truth. We are the truth because one must search deeper to find our beauty and any treasure hunter will tell you that the find makes the dig worth it.

  436. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee, just to know I think of you and pray to God for you.
    You and your family so powerful witness.
    In prayer we are together. Lord bless you.
    Sunny’s mother

  437. 6-25-2012

    What a blessing to hear about Aimee. I can’t imagine going through what she is going through and I can only pray that I would have half her strength, grace, and courage. Praying for you and your family.

  438. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, God Bless you in EVERY way, on EVERY day. I will continue to pray for you and your wonderful parents.
    Cheering you on from Kensington, MD ~
    Maureen

  439. 6-25-2012

    I am so thankful and full of gratitude to the Lord to know that Aimee is progressing and healing well, ans most specially, that she has shown such incredible courage in the midst of this tragedy. She is in my prayers daily and I also ask for the intercession of St. Damian of Molokai (look up his incredible life caring for lepers!)who eventually contracted leprosy in a forsaken leper colony in the Molokai Islands. I thought leprosy ressembled the flesh-eating disease, so who better to intercede than St Damian for all of Aimee’s needs?

    With best wishes and prayers for Aimee and all her family.

    Juana(Zayas) Fromageot

  440. 6-25-2012

    Aimee has learned at such an early age what most of us take a lifetime to learn. That God always has opportunities for us in the worst of times, and that there is always something to be grateful for even in the worst of circumstances. She is truly and amazing person and God will continue to use her in amazing ways. Her family is also amazing and all of you inspire strength and love to all of the legions who are following her story. Thank you all for sharing and strengthening us.

  441. 6-25-2012

    WOW!!!!

    This is my medicine for the day. I can’t believe what a positive outlook this young lady has about life. This just goes to show you what faith can do and without it you are just existing. Aimee,I believe the Lord has great plans for you. Just imagine how many people you have touched and how many more will be through out your life.
    What a blessing you are and I pray that your continued healing will progress at a rapid pace. I will put your name on our prayer list Sunday morning.

    May God continue to bless you,

    Cris

  442. 6-25-2012

    Wow is all I can say to the story above that brought tears to my eyes….Such incredible humility from such a tragic situation. I am in awe of this daughter you have raised. I know through witnessing her parents during her childhood, she has gained the foundation for her beliefs. A remarkable young women, who shines bc I’m sure of remarkable parents. Today I say a prayer for you both and that the Lord will continue to heal and comfort you all. This story is too familiar with my community. My niece’s father-in-law, John Helm was also affected by this flesh eating bacteria back in late 2010. His facebook page is still up and you might want to view it. When you get down or discourage, read his story. Many surgeries, many “night and days” himself, and many prayers later he is ALIVE. We know that God has a plan for all of us but some days I believe He wants us to share our days with others….This is the story of John..

    This page is for prayers, notes of encouragement and well-wishes for John Paul Helm, of C, Texas.

    John has necrotizing fasciitis. He has battled for his life since Monday, August 30. He has had several surgeries and while the odds have been against him, he has continued to fight this illness.

    He has a large family who is encouraged by the prayers, calls and letters.

    His Facebook link is: facebook.com/groups/147585641941024/#

    Have a blessed day….

  443. 6-25-2012

    “I am blessed” is very special observation that not many people can make. I find that to be very akin to my philosophy of “I am not disabled, rather I am otherwise enabled”. A series of strokes disrupted my life and I learned what I could now do within the limits of my disabilities. The strokes not only affected my body but also my mind. To rebuild the one, I also had to rebuild the other. My failures at the attempt outweighed my success by a tenfold or greater. To fail repeatedly is in itself depressing. When you equate these failings that a child has in leaning to walk or talk, run , ride a bike, and generally learn, is no different.When I learned this, I decided that I would remake myself in to a new and better person. I now found that I could do things I had never before been able to do, which is amazing in itself. I learned that God never takes away without giving you a better gift. Things that used to rely on being physically fit to achieve no longer mattered as much as needing to be mentally fit and spiritually fit. When I worked on that and improved in those areas, my life took on a whole new meaning. My life became more full yet physically I had lost much. Nowhere near the extreme that Aimee has lost, and not the great pain she has endured, but in it all, I was alive and learning. Rather than take on a persona of my choosing, I allowed my persona to be dictated by what I could do not only for myself but for others as well. A way of “becoming” a real person without all the baggage of who I had been. There is no end in learning the new me. There is no end in trying new challenges as each one is a chance to learn. I am 7 years post-stroke and each day is a new day.

    I will keep you and the family in my prayers as I have learned if I can do nothing else, I can at least pray for your recovery. The devastation that has befallen Aimee has also befallen the family. Just like a stroke changes the person but also the person’s family.

    No one will ever again be who they were before this event. But everyone now has a chance to relearn as well.

  444. 6-25-2012

    You mentioned how much of an encouragement your readers are to Aimee, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that would agree that it goes both ways. She’s such an encouragement to us. Her courage in the face of such adversity brings hope to the rest of us that drudge through life’s boomerangs wondering how we can ever get through it… around it.

    WTG, Aimee, on such a big step today! Can’t wait to hear about the next one, and it’s soon to come I’m sure!

    God bless you guys! Lots of love and prayers continuing in the NC for Aimee and the entire family!

  445. 6-25-2012

    God Bless you all. What a wonderful daughter you have.

  446. 6-25-2012

    It made me so happy to hear that Aimee’s pain has lessened. Your family is an incredible inspiration. Bless you all.

  447. 6-25-2012

    I pray that God’s mercy and Grace will be fore front in her everyday life. Jesus said in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” God Bless you Aimee and your entire family. The Lord is with you Always.
    Dan and Linda

  448. 6-25-2012

    I have kept Aimee in my prayers since I first read about her. It is truely amazing that after going through some much pain and suffering she could have such a perspective. My son just completed 3 tours as a Marine and was wounded twice . He lost 17 close friends and his faith and perspective kept him grounded when he got back. May god bless Aimee and your family. When one door closes another door opens :)

  449. 6-25-2012

    I have followed Aimee’s condition since the beginning. I live in SC, but the company I work for is in Carrollton. So I feel a since of closeness to her accident. I am also the current Past President for SC Lutheran Men in Mission. We have prayed a number of times at our State meetings for her. From this tragedy, I am sure good will come and she will be blessed by God. We will continue to keep her and your whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joe Fulmer

  450. 6-25-2012

    What an amazing and strong woman Aimee is!

  451. 6-25-2012

    I’m so happy that Aimee was able to go outside!! I’ve been following her story since Day 1, and I check your blog everyday for updates. She sounds like an amazing girl, God Bless her, and your family!!!

  452. 6-25-2012

    We all fail to see how blessed we truely are. We always complain about work or money or kids fighting in the back seat. This is a woman who has a right to be down and upset about her circumstances. But all she sees is how blessed she is. She is a very strong young lady. God Bless you and your family. I pray for you daily.

  453. 6-25-2012

    Aimee is in our thoughts and prayers. Praise God for her progress so far. Thank you for the updates.

  454. 6-25-2012

    Hi Im from the island of Puerto Rico I know what has happend Im a nurse and a mother of a 7 month baby boy a premature baby I almost lost Thank God that gave ime the ooportunity to have him alive with me he was burn of 32 weeks he weigt 3 pound he was litter wen I went to see him to neonatal intensive care unit I pray God so he can grow up strong he couldn breath is long were not developed. but I pray God so much and I knew and said I cant but he can and I can say to you that God did it and my baby today is getting strong he have 2 fisical teraphy each week he began at 2 month of life and has continue and will continue God doesnt leave has alone Im happy to know Amme belive and has give us her testimony and make everyone strong in fait kissand hugs. my first language is spanish sorry for the errors on my english

  455. 6-25-2012

    I just wanted to tell you that I am praying for you Aimee and the entire family. You are so very blessed, and we are blessed to be able to learn from you. You have showed so much dignity and courage, it’s mind blowing. God loves you so much & you will continue to be in my prayers until you are safely home surrounded by friends and family. Lots of Love, Peace be with you always… Love from Virginia Beach.. Naomi

  456. 6-25-2012

    I think you all have been extremely strong. This has been a tuff, tuff, growing time in your lives. Our God is a God of miracles and it seems that’s what this is. God is using all of you,to reach out to people you might never meet. He’s using your struggles and sadness to reach others with hope and help. Thank you for sharing and for allowing us to come along side of you to prayer for all of you. God makes no mistakes so we just need to see where he’s leading your family. Our prayers are with all of you. Would love to get the address to the hospital so that I can send cards. When my sister had brain cancer she said that cards made all the difference. You know complete strangers were praying for you. God Bless. Jean

  457. 6-25-2012

    I am so glad that Aimee is making such good progress, has a good attitude and seems to really get comfort and strength from all of the people who are so moved by her and wish her well. It is great to know. Andy, you are are a great Dad and your whole family is so wonderfully supportive. I hope you appreciate how fortunate Aimee is to have your support and your love.

  458. 6-25-2012

    As a fellow Atlantan, I’ve been following Aimee’s story since the news first broke, but what I have enjoyed immensely after I found it, is reading this blog. It speaks to the heart and soul of your daughter, not just her medical condition. I too am awed by Aimee’s strength. As the mother of two teen daughters, I wonder how my family would fare in the same circumstances. If faced with this, I would know exacty who to contact for experience, strength and hope! Thank you for sharing this blog. God Bless you all. Beth Brown

  459. 6-25-2012

    I can only hope that if I ever face the same kind of challenge… or ANY kind of challenge for that matter, similar to what your daughter has gone through, that I can do it with the same sort of courage and determination that she has demonstrated. Perhaps it is not she who needs emotional support from us, but we who need hers.

  460. 6-25-2012

    My sister-in-law went through this almost three years ago. She did not lose her hand, but it was touch and go for quite a few weeks. She does not have internet so I have been updating her about Aimee via the phone. She weeps when I tell her what is going on.

    Who wouldn’t grant Aimee the grace to be what she is, an incredibly strong woman with an incredibly strong family? There but for the grace of God go we all.

    The Lord put her in this situation, He will not fail her or let her down.

    Peace, grace and mercy on you all.

  461. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, we have followed your progress all along, and we are blessed by your example of strength and faith. May God continue to bless you as you take the next steps in your journey. I know you will succeed in whatever you decide to do in life. You are a true blessing to so many.

  462. 6-25-2012

    Praise the Lord!!! We have been praying for you Aimee ever since we first heard of your trial. What a great outlook and inspiration for others. God is good. He will continue to bless you through this trial and give you the strength to endure. He is faithful and just to those that love and belong to Him. We will continue to pray for your strength and faith and know that God will use this to accomplish a mighty work through you.

  463. 6-25-2012

    Keep up the good work and information on the blog. Bob

  464. 6-25-2012

    I’ve followed Aimee’s story very closely since I first read it online. Working in the healthcare industry, I knew how critical her diagnosis was. I started praying for her. I don’t know Aimee and will most likely never meet her but there was something that told me this young lady needed my prayers. This is my first post to the blog, but know that I have said many a prayer for you and your family Aimee. It brought a tear of joy to my eye today when I read the news that you were able to leave the room and get back out into nature. I know you’ll be back out there more and more. Your courage and that of your family is an inspiration. I wish all of you peace, comfort and strength as you continue to face these coming days. God Bless you all.

  465. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee,
    I have been following your story since day one of this ordeal. Our Prayer group has prayed for you.
    We all hope that you continue on your road to a successful recovery.
    By your Dad’s words and thoughts you are truly blessed your parents are a great example to you and obviously taught you all the right things.
    God Bless you and Keep your chin High!

  466. 6-25-2012

    I have followed your story from the beginning and have ready every one of your blogs. Aimee…you are a very strong and amazing woman. I think and pray for you often. I can’t wait until the day your your dad gets to post the blog of you going home! I know you would love to be home in your own bed, sitting on your front porch, listening to nature and feeling the sun on your skin….soon…

    With Love and Prayer!

  467. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee and family,

    I am blessed that I read the words that are written by Aimee’s father and am able to think about the meaning, depth, wisdom, strength and courage that are conveyed. Aimee is blessed but she is sending out blessings herself tenfold.

    I live in Alaska and I, along with a group of friends, went camping this past glorious weekend — the weather was sublime and coupled with Alaska’s beauty, it was this side of heaven. On both Friday and Saturday nights, the group was sitting around the campfire and we spoke about Aimee and the fact that being outside and enjoying nature like we were changed her life forever. All of us are in awe of her strength and courage, and we wish her and her wonderful family all the best and continued blessings.

    God bless all of you and continued prayers and good wishes from Alaska.

    Julie

  468. 6-25-2012

    Aimee:
    I am so blessed to read about you and your faith. It’s encouraging for the rest of us to see God working in your heart and giving you strength to carry forward with your life. Your insight has reminded us all that even though life is hard and sends trama that we don’t want, God is faithful to be with us and shower us with grace to live in the “new plan”. You are one of his best servants. Thanks for pointing us in the right direction! I will pray for you.
    Thanks,
    Kelly

  469. 6-25-2012

    I am inspired by your daughter. I have been having a frustrating day with a job hunt and health insurance hunt; of course can not compare to the suffering of your daughter. I have been thinking about her and praying for her and wondering why this had to happen this past week. I thought when I read that she was so happy to just be able to talk she was amazing but now I find her even more amazing. I am sorry this happened to your daughter and pray you will find the strength to care for her and she will find ways to be comforted.

  470. 6-25-2012

    Another thing I wanted to say I have 29 years old I enter this site every day to know how Amee is doing I want her to know that from a faraway island someone pray for her to and SR ANDY I KNOW NOW THAT IM A MOTHER THE LOVE FOR OUR CHILDRENSYOU ARE A GRATE DAD

  471. 6-25-2012

    I have kept up with Aimee’s progress and I want her to know that she is an inspiration to me. No, she is not superwomen, but she is a child of God. And even His own son got angry, sad and disappointed, so He knows those feelings as well as we do. I know that your faith is strong and in those dark hours of the night remember that the only thing that can dispell that darkness is the SON! Will continue to pray for all of you, and God Bless!

  472. 6-25-2012

    I am truly amazed and inspired with Aimee. You her father and mother must be very special in raising such a wonderful daughter. Yes, she will be there to help others in so many ways, others that are not near as brave as she. God put her on eartth to help others and that she will do. I pray for God to give her all the strength and fortitude she will need in the future. She is not only beautiful on the outside but is so beautiful on the inside which is most important

  473. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for sharing these incredible moments with us. I am moved by her faith. It’s so hard for people to witness a mature person of faith’s response to trials. It seems like no one understands how in the midst of experiencing every emotion, the one that needs to be spoken of is “blessing.” Your daughter is moving mountains with her story. I hope you will all share these words in a book soon. I think you can even skip that ghost writer, because that is a talent your family has in spades!

  474. 6-25-2012

    Hey Andy, I want you to know that you are a great dad!!! One thing Aimee is blessed with is you as a father. If my father was percent of what you are there is know telling what I would of become. I know I am nobody to you but I have read every update you have posted and the one thing that comes to mind is… “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom 8:28

    Tell Aimee she is a wonderful person!!! She inspires the masses….

    Thanks for keeping us updated…

  475. 6-25-2012

    Just read the latest blog entry, Andy…tears, amazement, praise to the Father for ALL He is doing through Aimee and your family. The song “The Sun is Shining” by Third Day immediately came to mind as I read. Be blessed and encouraged deeply.

  476. 6-25-2012

    Praise GOD! AMEN!! Hallelujah!! I’m sooo happy! Congratulations on this special day Aimee!!! We will continue to pray here in Marion, Massachusetts!

  477. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,
    You are an incredible young woman. You are truly an inspiration and an awesome Christian example. I pray that God will richly bless you – and our country – through your testimony.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Cynthia

  478. 6-25-2012

    Aimee’s comments were dead on! The “world” will never, ever understand why a person can truly, not just emotionally, but truly see advantage in what appears to be total disadvantage. There are two things that must always be remembered to keep our sanity. One is that we have a specific mission, a job that each one of us must do, and therefore specific people that we can help. Second, we have to always remember that this minor time on earth is so incredibly tiny compared with our eternity with our Lord Jesus. Aimee will have insight into a dimension of life that most of us will never understand. The “world” will never understand but Aimee was right, she is truly blessed and the blessings have just started.

  479. 6-25-2012

    Dear Andy and Amy,

    I just wanted to send you a brief note letting you know how much you have helped me in my own battle against breast cancer. Today I read about your gratitude Amy and it totally brought my own struggle into a brighter light. I have been struggling getting used to my “new” chest – a breast and a giant scar. Reading about how you are coping with so much more, is helping me get through. Thank you. I wish you much more health, happiness, and love. You are awesome!! Take care, Carolyn

  480. 6-25-2012

    I am truly amazed! I have followed her everyday! I never imagined she would do this well with all she has had to deal with. She is really blessed with very special parents too! I don’t think I could or would be as strong as you each have been! I live in Snellville and about the same time that Amiee began her journey another young person from our community began his. Justin Lansford, lost his left leg when am IED exploded. Both children have been on all of our hearts! Love to you, Amiee and your family!

  481. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee- i am writing to you from Zürich, switzerland. My thoughts are with you And you are right – you will change other people’s lives: i have a very normal – Thank god – life -but r from anxiety which almost paralyzes me at times. When I read how brave you are and how graceful – it makes me determined to try a little harder each day to confront my anxieties so that I can lead a normal joy filled life within my family.

    Aimee – thank you for making me try harder.

    God bless and sweet dreams
    Kim

  482. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee- i am writing to you from Zürich, switzerland. My thoughts are with you And you are right – you will change other people’s lives: i have a very normal – Thank god – life -but suffer from anxiety which almost paralyzes me at times. When I read how brave you are and how graceful – it makes me determined to try a little harder each day to confront my anxieties so that I can lead a normal joy filled life within my family.

    Aimee – thank you for making me try harder.

    God bless and sweet dreams
    Kim

  483. 6-25-2012

    [4] Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
    for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.*
    [5] Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
    Psalm 112

    [29] You are my lamp, O LORD;
    the LORD turns my darkness into light.
    1 Sam. 22:

    [12] even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
    Psalm 139

    [10] As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
    and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
    [11] so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
    Isa 55:

    [3] Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. [4] In him was life, and that life was the light of men. [5] The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood* it.
    1John 1:

    Jesus is the light and our friend…

    I hope your heart is encouraged even in the darkness.
    The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace. Thank You Father, I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
    love, Kathy

  484. 6-25-2012

    I am just soooo happy….crying tears of joy….GOD is soooo GOOD!MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AIMEE, PAIGE, DONNA and ANDY!!!!

  485. 6-25-2012

    Thank you for being willing to share Aimee’s story.
    I have prayed for Aimee and I will continue. I love Aimee’s embracing of the unique direction her life has taken. I believe God’s beautiful fingerprint is right in the center of her strong heart. He really is a “beauty for ashes” God.

  486. 6-25-2012

    I believe God has laid Aimee on many people’s hearts to pray for her. I am one of those. I pray for strength, peace and comfort for her and your family.

    God bless you all,
    Sharon Hickman

  487. 6-25-2012

    The human spirit has always amazed me but God’s Holy Spirit is truly awesome. Aimee is truly an inspiritation to many people . The entire family is an inspiritation and a testomony that our God is alive and answers prayers. I will continue to follow Amiee’s progress and admire her spirit

  488. 6-25-2012

    Dear Copeland Family,
    I want to first thank you for sharing Aimee’s journey with the world. Your entire family is truly inspiring! You are all very blessed to have each other and to have such a strong faith! I continue to pray for Aimee’s improvement and am completely touched by her remarkable optimism! I too believe that all happens for a reason and I try to share that belief with others. Aimee’s amazing sense of her situation as both a challenge and an opportunity is such testament to that belief! I encourage others to follow her journey and instill Aimee’s passion for life and all that she has been blessed with into their own lives! Aimee is a courageous and beautiful young woman whose soul is that of an angel! May God continue to bless Aimee, your family, and the entire medical staff treating her! You are always in my thoughts and prayers!
    Sincerely,
    Laura Salerno

  489. 6-25-2012

    Your blog is truly amazing and a blessing. Your daughter is an inspiration to those of us that get so wrapped up in our trivialities and often curse God for our perceived slights. I have loosely followed your daughter’s story and have often shuddered with horror trying to relate to what you feel and what she must feel (I have 5 children myself). God is going to do great things through your lives! Your blog brought tears to my eyes today.

    God Bless you all!

  490. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,
    You are a true inspiration from God. I have kept up with your progress and the prayers keep coming to you sweet angel. May God Bless you always~

  491. 6-25-2012

    Keep up the recovery and your spirits! You are an inspiration to the world!

  492. 6-25-2012

    Also, I wrote to Bethany Hamilton’s brother and shared Aimee’s story. If you’re not familiar with Bethany she is an amazing, can I just say that again, amazing young lady who lost her arm in a shark attack when she was 13. She’s a fighter, like Aimee, and pushed through a lot of challenges and today is a internationally ranked professional surfer who loves Jesus with all of her heart! You don’t need to post this. I just thought I’d share that. Be looking out for a care package from Friends of Bethany Hamilton :-)

  493. 6-25-2012

    Sir,

    That is an amazing girl you have there. We need more people like her in the world.

    Keep the faith, take courage, God be with you.

    Jeff

  494. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, You are truly a remarkable young woman ! My eyes welled up with tears as I read this blog. I continue to pray for you and your family. Our dear Lord Jesus will help you through this ordeal. You are beautiful!

    I want to share with you my favorite scripture:

    “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Hugs and kisses to you, Aimee –
    – Valerie Fischer in Omaha, Nebraska

  495. 6-25-2012

    WOW… just wow…. what a blessing to read… I pray that the Lord continues to use Aimee and your family in a mighty and powerful way in the lives of everyone that you come into contact with…. Prayers for continued healing!! God Bless!

  496. 6-25-2012

    The words she speaks can only come from the love of Christ in her, she has an amazing attitude thats what it takes to move forward I pray the Love of our Lord grow stronger and stronger all the days of her life. I dont know what i would have said to that question you asked her God Bless you and the Family

  497. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,
    There are so many things I would love to tell you, but think this says it all!
    You are truly and amazing woman! I pray for your recovery as well as rejoice in how far you have come.

    You truly are changing to world!

    Oklahoma

  498. 6-25-2012

    Wow! Aimee is incredibly courageous optimistic and positive, and indeed is blessed! She is an exceptional person! Her spiritual side is exemplary despite all what had she had gone through! I am sure the Almighty knows her and will take of her and your family. God bless her and her family!

  499. 6-25-2012

    Today I am holding my 20 year old daughter’s hand through very difficult, sad and seemingly unfair events. I have been following your story, but had lost touch for the past couple of weeks. I feel that God brought me back to Aimee’s story today to help me as I help my daughter to put life into proper perspective. What an amazing young woman Aimee is and what a wonderful family you must be! You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I know we will hear much from Aimee. I can’t wait to hear “the rest of the story”. :)

  500. 6-25-2012

    I check this website everyday for a new post, and it brightens my day to hear such positive remarks coming out of such a difficult situation. I’m sure you know this already, but love and hope is finding its way to you from everywhere. Best wishes from Colorado!

  501. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,

    “what if your blessings come through raindrops and what if your healing comes through tears”, huh? I think of you each time I hear that song and wonder what mercy in disguise God has for me, all the while being thankful my struggles are so tiny in this world thus far. I cannot begin to imagine where you are. What an inspiration you are to others in your attitude. May God bless you and give you strength and comfort so that you may shine His Glory on others.

  502. 6-25-2012

    Aimee…I have been following your story and progress since your accident happened. I am in awe of you. I am 52 years, and when I was 50, I lost my right leg to a bone infection caused by type 1 diabetes. I spent a total of about 2 weeks in the hospital and a total of about 30 days in rehab. I have husband and 4 kids, so the separation was the hardest part, as the rehab facility was an hour away and my husband works full-time and visiting during the week was almost impossible. You ARE blessed, Aimee, because your family is amazing. It is very clear to see where you get your spirit and faith from. I won’t soft-soap the challenges that you are facing.. Your journey will not be an easy one. But you and Paige and your mom and dad have such positive and forward-thinking attitudes.
    God bless you and your family… Stay strong… it DOES get better. You are young, and smart, faithful and beautiful.

  503. 6-25-2012

    I have prayed, cried, begged God and tried to understand, knowing that until I see him face to face, it is not for me to understand. Aimee and all of you so inspire me to reach out and stand up and speak out for and show(the best I can) how GREAT & AWESOME OUR GOD IS! I now just Pray & Praise God for you Aimee. I get excited and almost giggle at the thought of all the 100′s & 100′s of lives you get to inspire. I’m 63 and I live each day checking on you and I will continue til I am called home to heaven! Always when I think of you, I think of the scripture “He that is within you, is stronger than he that is in the world!” I have 3 children & 10 grandchildren and while I haven’t met you and your family, I thank Andy for the blogs and I feel in my heart that I know all of you so well thanks to our Loving Lord & Savior. May God Continue to Bless and Strengthen You!!! Your Sister in Christ, Karen

  504. 6-25-2012

    As a retired family physician whose wife began treatment for breast cancer last August I understand how it feels to see a loved one suffer the pain and fear associated with serious illness. However, your family and Aimee have experienced far more suffering than I can imagine. Undoubtedly our Lord has heard the many prayers offered up on Aimee’s behalf, and her response is a testimony to that. I know she has a long road of rehab ahead, but I have no doubt the she will persevere and be a blessing to many others.

  505. 6-25-2012

    Gods blessings and keep fighting Aimee. You are much loved in Snellville.

  506. 6-25-2012

    I am awed by your blog today. What an incredible woman you have raised! I am also touched by your desire to allow Aimee the freedom to have down days as well as those when she is inspired, encouraged and determined. She will, indeed, be a beacon to others with disabilities and/or difficulties. To handle an unimaginable situation with such grace fills me with wonder. Aimee obviously enjoyed a home filled with love and support. She is truly blessed in that respect. She remains in my prayers. I pray that you all find peace in God’s presence, rest in hope, and joy in the accomplishments of each new day. ~ Our family has recently seen God’s grace as our daughter-in-law battles breast cancer. She, too, feels that God has allowed her this experience to show those around her the blessings of leaning on the Lord for strength and mercy. Like Aimee, each day brings challenges, but she is going to be a success story. God bless your family and keep blogging. Many around the world share the privilege of remembering you all in thoughts and prayers.

  507. 6-25-2012

    aimee.. hello from the sunshine state.. keeping you in our lives here and sending constant prayers your way. your father’s blogs are incredible and so exciting to read. thank you for sharing your daily schedule, and feelings all over the world.. wow! keep your chin up and your eyes to the skies.. better days ahead and this too shall pass.. it is so written… your friend from FLA… suezee

  508. 6-25-2012

    i Praise the Lord, our God, that Aimee has You all for a family, and that our Lord raised you all up in His Love and Wisdom. i mean raised you all up from childhood for these and other Holy moments. In our Lord Jesus Holy Name. Amen

  509. 6-25-2012

    I continue to be amazed by Aimee. What lies in store for her future remains to be seen, but I feel that God has a unique plan for a very unique young lady.

    Thanks for keeping us all posted on her recovery.

    We continue to pray for your family!

  510. 6-25-2012

    Like many across the country, our family has been following Aimee’s story and praying for her. Our 8 y.o. daughter is an above the knee amputee. It does not slow her down one bit and it does not define her. We llive in middle Georgia. My daughter is VERY athletic, a fireball. At any time, in the near or distant future,if you think Aimee would like to meet my daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me as I know my daughter would Love to meet, talk to and encourage Aimee.

    Was going to write more but can not tell if this is public or not.

  511. 6-25-2012

    Dear Andy,

    I am following your blog for Aimees updates from day one.

    Not only you but as you can see many including myself are astonished and inspired by Amiee.

    I wish her all the very best and wish the same strength and happiness as ever.

    God bless all.

  512. 6-25-2012

    Amazing insight and depth. I pray for her sake and all those she might inspire in the days and years to come that she be able to maintain that wonderful attitude and focus on the positive and that her faith in God might only grow stronger and deeper as she inspires others to believe in the impossible.
    Thanks for sharing with such transparency and sincerity so others might benefit as they hear about this amazing young woman who happens to be your daughter.
    Sincerely,
    Sandy Morris
    Missionary in Central Venezuela, S.A.

  513. 6-25-2012

    Andy, How on EARTH were you able to repeat verbatim Aimee comments while outside??? Is this paraphrased or did you record it for your blog???

  514. 6-25-2012

    I heard a famous pastor say a few days ago that God gives us the grace to deal with certain situations. For example, you hear people say “I don’t what I would do if that was me” and things of that nature and the pastor said the response is to be, your right because God did not give you the grace to deal with it. I say all that to say this, God has given this young lady the GRACE in the midst of her situation. God is working through her in a major way and I am blessed by simply reading this blog.

  515. 6-25-2012

    The lesson here is so profound. I am reminded of the story of Joseph – on top of the world, as I’m sure Aimee was before the accident. Then he was thrown into a well, sold as a slave, and later sent to prison for 15 years. Joseph didn’t deserve any of that. Neither did Aimee. But what they have in common is the will and faith to believe that God is a loving God and will do what He says he will do by virtue of his words in the Bible. I don’t know Aimee (I wish I did), but I am so proud of her and her faith is to be admired (wish I had a stronger word than “admired”). I hope that I am on this earth to see the impact that she will have. In meantime, my prayers go out to her, your family and those who are taking care of her. God Bless.

  516. 6-25-2012

    I have been reading your blogs each week. I have had eight tragedies in two years and Aimee’s steadfast strength has given me a different outlook. Aimee’s character, integrity, inner strength, and courage is an inspiration to me. I think of Aimee daily and pray God will continue to heal her. Just think of all the people in the world who will come to know the Lord through her!!!!

  517. 6-25-2012

    The girl is unbelievable, seriously. You have a great daughter Andy. And she has a great father and family. I am rooting for her every single day of the week. I visit here every day.

  518. 6-25-2012

    All I can say is “Wow”!!! Aimee has blessed me by her attitude, her strength and her character. Thank you! May God continue to heal her, both in body and in soul.

  519. 6-25-2012

    I want you to know that I like many, many others have prayed for aimee, you and your family since the beginning of this event. We have three teenagers and point to aimee as a role model. What a beautiful young lady she is both physically and spirtually and this setback will never changed that. I hope that my family and I might actually meet aimee some day. I am delighted that aimee is progressing and her future is looking brighter every day. My family and I will continue to follow her progress and will continue to pray for her. Thanks for sharing aimees story with us. God bless you.

    • 6-26-2012

      I have been praying to the Lord Jesus for Aimee since I saw and read the story. What a testimony the entire family is during this hard time. You are all amazing. Keep going forward. Your smiles let me know that God hears our prayers. Aimee is a remarkable strong lady. You are awesome, caring parents. I will continue to pray and lift all of you up.

  520. 6-25-2012

    Hello and thank you for posting this update today…again your words, have brought tears to my eyes. Such a timely reminder to keep this prayer close at hand…“Help me O Lord to recognize Your opportunities in my difficulties.” The Lord is so faithful…continued prayers for Aimee, and your family.

  521. 6-25-2012

    Oh Andy, I am in awe!! As I read your incredible words, I am amazed at the faith of you and your family. I am amazed that Aimee has taken this tragic event and turned it in to a blessed opportunity. No wonder the whole world is in tune to her progress. I continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers and eagerly await your next words of inspiration. God bless you all! Lin Baum

  522. 6-25-2012

    I’ve followed Aimee’s progress from the start, and am so thrilled to hear she is doing so well! Tis been said only the strong survive, yet I feel you must be stronger than that to see the positive that can come out of this.

  523. 6-25-2012

    You feel very humble by the courage of someone like Aimee, I thought I’d managed bravery through fighting breast cancer and heart failure, but it feels like I coped with a graze on my knee compared to what Aimee has embraced. Inspiration to us all.

  524. 6-25-2012

    Andy, your post is beautiful in so many ways. Your daughter is an inspiration. I am in awe of her and your family. My little boys and I pray together when I tuck them into bed. I’m going to share Aimee’s journey with them tonight. She’ll become part of our family through prayer. And as a parent, I admire your steadfast love and how you reminded us about grace. Thank you for continuing to share Aimee’s story. Her strength is encouraging. God Bless!

  525. 6-25-2012

    To Aimee and Family…
    this blog from Andy was simply amazing and touching. Aimee is incredibly Strong in heart and spirit and it seems nothing will stop her! I admire her courage and her faith.
    May God bless you all and keep you safe and direct you on the path for recovery in body, soul, spirit and mind. Aimee will Always be a beautiful and kind person. Her comments about being “blessed” to have this “opportunity” are just incredible! God has sent you and angel in disguise!She will live to inspire so many! Modern Medicine will help her heal and go on with life. It will be a challenge for sure but you will get thru this! Thank goodness she has such wonderful and loving and strong parents and relatives and friends.

    Message to Aimee : HANG IN THERE!!! YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and putting you on my prayer chain for hundreds of others to pray for you and your family.

  526. 6-25-2012

    I am so moved by the blog I just read. Aimee reminds me of the beautiful young lady who lost her arm when she walked into a propeller. Such strenghth and faith in God. I am moved because I have walked with my childhood best friend who was in a car accident in her junior year of college and she became a paraplegic. When she was in the rehab center to learn how to be independent, she told me she made a decision…”Ican choose to live or I can choose to die. I have chosen to live.” Once she left the rehab place and ventured into the world, she graduated from college, served as a probation and parole officer, then went to law school, then practiced law and now is a judge. She has never had a power wheel chair; she drives a car; lives alone in a beautiful condo in Washington, DC, has traveled around the world, and snow skis. Nothing has ever stopped her. She is very independent and lives a great life. Aimee will too. I will keep you in my prayers and will pray that the Lord will continue to give you strength to move mountains. God bless you. Jean Wilkes

  527. 6-25-2012

    I have been following Aimee’s progress through your blog and am very appreciative of your family’s willingness to share what must be an unimaginably difficult time for all. I think it does make a huge difference and helps others. The strength and faith of your family is phenomenal. The examples you all set make this world a better place. I can’t come up with the words to express what I think and feel, other than that you are all in my thoughts and I wish only the best going forward.

  528. 6-25-2012

    You know, it IS amazing how God talks to us, and we don’t really “hear” (or read) or understand it until we are in a situation where it applies. just like your fridge magnet. God is always a step ahead of us. Like what prompted your wife to buy that particular verse so long ago? God had this in his plan for Aimee already? We read in the Bible that he knows our lives before conception…..

    I have never experienced anything like what you and your sweet family are going through, but I have experienced sad and troubling times (unexpected affair by spouse/divorce after 30 yrs of marriage…)and when I reread my devotions back NOW after 6 years of being single, I see the truth in them and the plans for my life right there in front of me. So what prompted me to buy those particular little books years and years ago? Did God know I would have many of the devotions speak directly to me now?

    I am sorry this is so lengthy and rambly, my point is that Aimee IS blessed (in disquise maybe), but she’s blessed that God gave her the attitude and courage and faith to go forward and be a helper and giver to those in her situation. to give them hope and positivity.

    Bless your family. I can’t imagine what you have been thru…..I know it’s been so incredibly hard. I thank you for giving me this chance to maybe say AMEN to her thoughts and conversation with you under the pines.

  529. 6-25-2012

    Dear Mr. Copeland,

    Would you agree to a brief telephone interview with us here at WSB Radio in Atlanta? We have followed Aimee’s story from the beginning and since we are a radio station our listens would rather hear from the family about her recent progress. If you are able to talk with us here at WSB Radio, please call our 24-hour newsroom at your convenience.

    Thank you very much.

    Daphne Young
    Reporter/Anchor
    404-897-7333

    Please call us if you can. Even if you don’t want to interview. We’d rather get updates on Aimee directly from you.

  530. 6-25-2012

    To Aimee and family, Your story shames me into recognition – a recognition I KNOW and have supposedly embraced – that our lives are to be lived for the glory of God, a God Who feels and weeps with every pain Aimee has experienced, Who grieves our fragility BUT Who promises that our reward will be great when we trust Him. I have prayed that the Spirit of God would comfort and bless you all, especially beautiful Aimee. As your refrigerator magnet has foretold, God has allowed a difficulty IN ORDER that He would be glorified, that you all would bask and even glow in His comfort and His plan that is so far beyond the circumstances. My prayers for Aimee will continue daily and thank Him that He cares so much for her and knows that she is one special woman who would live to tell of His goodness.

  531. 6-25-2012

    “To each is given a set of tools, an hour glass, and a set of rules and each must build err his hour has flown, a stumbling block or a stepping stone.”

    That verse is on an old cracked mirror that my parents got during WWII from their Milkman in Seattle. It hung in our cabin in Lincoln, Montana, and now hangs in my kitchen in Colorado. Aimee and your family are and will be building stepping stones for eternity.

    God Bless you all.

  532. 6-25-2012

    The shortest bible verse “He wept” – that is all I can say! I wept at Aimee’s words, knowing that Jesus wept as Aimee so bravely endured and continues to endure such adversity (to say the least) with faith and gratitude.

    Andy, what you and your family has shared with us (so many of “us”), strengthens our souls, our standards for raising our children, our belief in God, and most of all our restored enthusiasm that GOD IS with us, in control of every aspect of our lives, even when we do not understand it.

    Thank you for sharing, this has been the most impactful message yet!

  533. 6-25-2012

    Wow ! It is true that our God will not give us more than we can bare . Not only is Aimee an inspiration to me but also You and your wife . I know it has been so hard to watch your little girl go through so much . I am praying for continued healing and strenght for Aimee not only her body but also her heart .God’s grace is
    amazing and what a witness Aimee and the whole family has been for his glory . Thank you Jackie Jones .

  534. 6-25-2012

    Hi Andy, Donna, Aimee and Paige,

    It was great hearing from you again Andy! Thank you for sharing your personal lives with us. We are so very fortunate that you have been so generous with your words. Hearing how Aimee has been handling everything that has been taking place in her life has strengthened my faith even more then I thought possible. I have believed in God from the time I was little and I guess have accepted that if anything would happen I know with God’s help I could make it through. But, I have to let you know, Aimee just amazes me!

    Aimee, you are one strong young woman! I know that you may have your days when things become a bit overwhelming and it will be ok to feel that way. I want you to know that I start my day off by praying that God will Bless you and your family as you continue to go through the new challenges that are a part of your new life and I end every day by asking God to give you and your family the rest needed to face the up and coming adventures that God will be helping you through. Whether you know it or not you have taught this older lady (myself) at the age of 57, so much by the way you have looked at things. Thank you Aimee for just being you!

    Andy, Donna and Paige I know this has not been easy for all of you watching Aimee go through the pain and new challenges that have been placed in her life. Know my prayers continue for all of you! Like I have said before, I have been amazed with the strength God continues to give all of you from the beginning of Aimee’s new life challenges through now. Please know I will continue be there in prayer for all of you!!!

    God’s Blessing continue to reign down on all of you with each day showing more improvement for Aimee!!! My whole family wears our Aimee T-shirts with pride showing what God Can and Continues to do for Aimee and all of you with His Grace!

    Prayers continue your way :)

    In His Love,

    Karen Clark
    New Haven, IN

  535. 6-25-2012

    This young person is truly wise far beyond her chronological age…in some ways my heart cries for her but at the same time my heart is singing an operatic aria for this spiritually advanced being….love to you all….

  536. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,
    For six or seven weeks we have followed you through your difficult times. Your father is such a good writer, and we laugh when you laugh, cry when you cry. We feel as though your family is part of ours. Get better soon and always know our prayer are with you. From Birmingham Alabama. God is good….all the time.

    • 7-3-2012

      This story has touched my heart in so many ways. I think of you all daily and I find myself stopping often to pray for you all! Then if anyone complains about a bad day… I tell them to stop and pray for Aimee. Your story was on KLOVE one day and i was in tears to think of what you are dealing with. And now to read how positive and lovely your outlook is…is truly the MOST amazing thing ive ever heard. You are one amazing young lady-who is giving all a new perspective on life.
      Aimee- i sure hope one day our paths do cross, because you are a Shining Light full of HOPE. Im sorry this has happened to you and you are dealing with so much pain and suffering. We will continue to pray for you all! im a skin care consultant and wellness coach. If I can help you and your family in anyway PLEASE let me know…I already have some products in mind that may help you recover. All natural and safe. And for the rest of the family some healthy products to keep your energy up and yourselves healthy during this stressful time. As a mother of 2 young kids, I cant imagine how the family is holding up. Please let me help…Feel free to shoot me a email or text…if you have a address or location, i will be happy to send you some amazing products to help you all (im sure you can all use some additional energy). Id like to see how i can even do a fundraiser. I can be reached at 925-808-9431- In God we trust!
      xo Trish

  537. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,

    My husband told me a story about a girl named Sarah. She was 5 years old and was at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She was battling cancer. My husband, John, was there with his friend who has a son that had a brain tumor. They were staying at the Ronald McDonald House and that’s where John met Sarah. They talked and played a board game. John asked Sarah how she was doing and she said that she was doing good. She said that God made her special. Sarah said, “God needed someone to be Sarah and he picked me”. After reading your Dad’s update, it reminded me of this story. God needed someone to be Aimee and he picked you.

    You are a blessing Aimee, I don’t need to meet you in person to figure that out. I am sending lots of prayers your way and hugs too!!!

  538. 6-25-2012

    I am so amazed of how wonderfully and courageous Aimme has been through this process. It reminds me of the song that we sing at church “I’m trading my sorrow, I’m trading my pain, I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord”. This song always inspires me to know that no matter what we go through and when we let God take control he will always get us through the bad times. God Bless you all and i will keep you all in my prayers!

  539. 6-25-2012

    I can only imagine how many hearts ache, as mine does, following this tragic story. I am a 40 year old Villa Rica resident with a wife and three children who are all big zip line fans. There are many aspects of Aimee’s event that make it feel like a “hits close to home” type of situation. The hardest feeling for me is being a parent and knowing what sacrifice I would be, not just willing but, eager to take just to help them in any way possible.There is NO doubt that Aimee is an extremely amazing and courageous young lady, but I would like to take the time now to applaud you, Sir! My heart goes out to all of you. You WILL prevail. Perhaps one day, if the universe so decides, we will share the honor of meeting each other.

  540. 6-25-2012

    Thank you so much for your blogs and for sharing with all of us. We’re so thankful that Aimee is feeling better. You are all in our prayers.
    Blessigs

  541. 6-25-2012

    Gosh, where do I start….1st May God Have Mercy for Aimee. Andy I appreciate your honest writing, you are so good with words. I had Thyroid Cancer 7 years ago. It was during Hurricane Katrina, my life has never been the same. On a daily basis I feel Malaise, sometimes my nausea is so bad I can’t get out of the bed. I read your last post, it’s true about nature, I push myself to ride my bike even though most of the time I feel like I want to throw up. I’m also Bi Polar like my mother who was institutionalize for 34 years. I understand completly about the 4 walls closing in, my mother was bedridden for many years in a nursing home. She was only 46 when we put her in there, she died 20 years later. I have 4 daughters that I live for. They have seen it all, however I don’t let the public see the real me, in bed CRYING OUT that there’s NO God because if there were I would be healed by now, and I wouldn’t have to stare at the clock waiting for my nightime meds that finally give me relief, going to bed as early as 5:00pm. Sad but true. I so want my old life where I felt good and cheerful and I stayed up late sewing. Mom was happy and my girls enjoyed the hum of my sewing machine. My husband does all the cooking because food smells nauseate me. If you look at my Facebook you wouldn’t see sickness because I have so much darn Pride and Vanity really that I refuse people to see me at my worst. Yes there are “Good” days but mostly there are “Bad” days. My husband and I finally left our 4 daughters after 22 years because I was always afraid to Fly, the thought of leaving my 4 daughters behind was unfathomble. My daughters are 22, 19, 17, 12… After I read what happened to Aimee I pushed myself to get on that plane. I’m happy to report the plane didn’t crash and my daughters didn’t die, a fear I carry everyday of my life. When my daughters complain about school, work, boyfriend breakups I always pull up Aimee’s website and read it to them….It “wakes” my girls up, there problems are petty compared to poor Aimee. Please continue to write, your words are encouraging to many of us who have lost our faith alone the way. God Bless Aimee and Your Entire Family… Sincerely, Desiree

  542. 6-25-2012

    Dear Mr. Copeland,

    Aimee remains in our hearts and prayers, as do you and the rest of your extraordinary family. Aimee’s courage and spirit are inspiring and heartwarming; she exemplifies the heights to which a loved, determined person can reach. Clearly, her will is seeing her through these challenging days; but please know that the unswerving support provided by you and yours has infused that will with the power it needs to prevail. May G-d continue to fill all of you with the boundless energy and gentle optimism that you need, as you move through the phases of Aimee’s recovery. May He give all of you exactly what you need, and may you see all of it in a revealed, vibrant way. We wish you continued success.

    All the best,
    Harold & Toby Kohn

  543. 6-25-2012

    And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  544. 6-25-2012

    Hi Andy how are you doing? Its nice to meet you. My name is Brittany. I’m from Massachusetts. Ive been reading your blog about Amy I think since you started it. I look forward to when you update. It makes me happy that I get to hear how she’s doing. She’s doing so good! My heart was like racing when you said she sat up in her bed and got up in her wheelchair and you wheeled her outside. :) She’s such a strong girl. I wish I could meet her and all of you. She’s so brave. I would of been so scared and crying constantly. She’s a really great and strong person. I can’t say that enough. :) As are you, your wife, and her sister. I’m really glad too that she isn’t in critical condition anymore and that she got through the recent surgeries she had. :) I hope she gets even better. :) If you can, please tell her I’m thinking about her everyday and I wish I could go visit her. :)

  545. 6-25-2012

    What a beautiful spirit within a beautiful young lady. Aimee, you are a great inspiration to me. God is using you in more ways than you could know. Sending you love and holding you up to Heaven in my prayers for strength and comfort under the Hand of our mighty God, and also for the peace that passes all understanding from our Lord Jesus Christ…
    From LeAnne in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  546. 6-25-2012

    “I mean that I am blessed to have the opportunity to experience something that not many other people have the chance to experience. I am blessed to be able to have a challenge that not many others get to have. I am blessed to have the capacity to share my experience with others and have a chance to improve the quality of someone else’s life. I’m blessed to be different.”

    Aimee I’m sitting here with a lump in my throat because you so very eloquently expressed what I’ve always known since I too am a miracle. When I was born almost 49 years-ago with Hydrocephalus, the doctor’s didn’t hold a very good prognosis for me either saying I wouldn’t live more than two years and never move. But, like you, (with God’s intervention) I proved them wrong and thrived. So I understand completely – and concur – with your statement “I am blessed to be different”. We both are Aimee. ?

  547. 6-25-2012

    Dear Andy,

    Sometimes God sends us angels to remind us of His love for us, and I truly believe your daughter to be one of them. I wish that she’ll continue to be blessed so she can touch more and more people who need her message of faith and strength. She has truly touched me, I look at life at a different way now.

    God Bless!

    Rita

  548. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, first God bless your beautiful soul! What a kind spirit you have. I have several life experiences I wanted to share. Cant imagine what you are going through but never stop fighting. When I was a young boy every Sunday I would see a man in church who was a WW 2 veteran. He was, as I was told, in a bomber over Germany which had been shot down. In the chaos of escaping and jumping from his plane he was severally burned. He lost both hands and had burns to the majority of his body. I will never forget this man would always smile-even though his lips were very badly burned. When I would sit next to or behind I would shake the metal prosthetic of his right hand. He overcame major injury, being in a POW camp and came back home to rebuild his life. He married, went to college, started a business and had beautiful children. The thing I will always remember about Mr. Horsh is that so much had happened to him but he fought and fought and was a humble kind man! To this day he still inspires me. Every day is a blessing and I know you have the spirit of Mr. Horsh. Never stop smiling. Mr. Horsh never did. Take care & God Bless. Mark Funk in Kansas.

  549. 6-25-2012

    Our family has Aimee in our prayers. My five year old daughter, Katie, continutually prays her Aimee each night asking God to “please bless Aimee Copeland to have a good life”. May God’s blessing continue to shower down upon you all and give Aimee the strength she needs to meet each challenge. She is an inspiration to us all.

  550. 6-25-2012

    Wow. I cannot speak as eloquently as everyone here, but I can relay my heartfelt incredulousness for your entire family. God blesses in ways we do not understand, but it is not for us to understand – just to be obedient and faithful. Every one of you in this family melt my heart. If only a small fraction of us had the strength, love and beauty that you do. God bless you Aimee and as a parent, I only pray that I can build my son as amazingly as you have prepared Aimee for her life. Again, God bless. And when the days have become years, Aimee, we will still be thinking of you and loving you for who you are, my sister in Christ. God be with you always. And to your amazing parents, congratulations for a daughter who anyone would be so proud to call their own.

  551. 6-25-2012

    God Bless you Greatly Aimee ! Your experiences have made deep impressions on the hearts nd minds of many millions. What an awesome platform from which to speak about the truth; about what really matters…you are chosen for a very special Purpose. I hope that you will produce a tremendous diary and testimonial book about all that you have experienced that it will really Bless us all.
    My prayers are with you.
    Our Lord Jesus Bless you with Great Joy and Peace,
    Scott Newman

  552. 6-25-2012

    Blessed. What a wonderful blessing Aimee is….I hope she knows that many have been blessed by knowing her through her story. “And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:5

  553. 6-25-2012

    Thanks and blessings to the entire Copeland family. Your story has saddened me, but more than that, has inspired me.

    I’ve been so worried about this wonderful young woman. But that has changed. I am awed by her strength. As Andy has said, there will be days of frailty–those days we all have.

    But amazingly, Amy is a very bright spot in a very dark world.

    Love and blessings in Christ.

  554. 6-25-2012

    Wow! I pray for Aimee faithfully and frequently check this page for updates. I continue to be amazed by the strength and courage that Aimee and her family portray. What an amazing young lady she is! I am so thankful that God is healing her day by day!

  555. 6-25-2012

    Best of luck with the recovery. So many of us are praying for you!

  556. 6-25-2012

    Your family is in my prayers daily. I read in one of the blogs that she wanted to read a book but couldnt hold the book–Have you tried downloading audiobooks for her to listen to> most libraries offer them free for download or to check out plus there are many sites with audiobooks to download. Its amazing how much listening to a good book can help time pass and give something to focus on.

  557. 6-25-2012

    There’s no better word to describe what happened to Aimee other than horrific. The ONLY choice is to pick up the pieces and try to live a normal life. My thoughts go out to her and her family.

    It’s just random statistics that this will happen to a few people every year and luckily there are scientists working on a cure and not relying on prayer or a god who had nothing to do with her contracting this bacteria and will have no part in her healing.

    Strength to all involved….

  558. 6-25-2012

    That’s a beautiful story Andy. Keep writing from the heart… and Aimee is beyond inspirational. Way beyond. Continued thoughts and prayers. Listen to this song Faith On if you get a chance. I told you I wanted to capture the incredible stories of faith I’d seen…and I’ve seen and heard some amazing stories… but you guys sharing is beyond what I could have imagined. Maybe next time I try and write a song about Faith, you guys can help me write! Faith On! facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150821082409514

  559. 6-25-2012

    I thought of Aimee yesterday…I was reading some posts on the last blog and at that very time on CBS (the evening news, I think) there was a story about different people who had had amputations (many of them young soldiers) and how they were competing in a marathon. Some were triple amputes and it was so amazing to see – they were in these cool wheelchairs with their prosthetics pedaling with their arms – going like crazy. But the best part was the end where they were all so happy and psyched about what they had done. They were just having a great time – and that was what they focused on. I imagine that someday I’ll see Aimee on TV doing such a thing. God Bless – prayers continue to come to all of you.
    Lynne

  560. 6-25-2012

    To Aimee and his family,

    I have a small bible study at work on Wed. We pray for you sometimes. We were praying more at the beginning. My prayer partner Stephanie and I pray for you too. God’s will for his children is physical healing. If you believe Jesus Christ is Lord you are one of his children. It is great to see someone who is willing to believe that. In Psalms it says he forgiveth all our inquities and healeth all our diseases. In I John it says beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as your soul prosperth.
    From,
    Lisa Essex

  561. 6-25-2012

    What an inspiring, uplifting week! Praise to God that he has such a wonderful Angel here on earth to help us all with our lives and whip us into shape! :0) Aimee, you are so wonderful and I am so lucky to read about you every week. I pray that your wounds heal fast and furious and that you have no more pain. I know you will be a great teacher and inspiration to others that will have similar things happen to them. God picked a winner when he picked you.
    In his service,
    Kristy D

  562. 6-25-2012

    Wow, this posting is so beautiful. Like the photo, it is a snapshot of the incredible potential beauty God created and continues to create. I love the Grace that the Father extends to us, as mirrored in this Copeland father extending delicate grace to his own daughter. Man, father’s are so crucial in helping to foster a fertile ground for a positive relatiionship with Our Lord. It seems The Good Lord has a plan for Aimee, and it seems that her earthly father is doing an incredible job of honoring the outstanding honor of fatherhood. I am sure that your wife is very special as well. Please know that you are very unique in this broken world to have taken your rightful seat as leader of your family. Because of your blog, I have been inspired to get on my knees and encourage my kids to do the same, to beg I prayer for your Aimee. May the Holy Family continue to bless and keep you all very close. And may Aimee be enfolded in the arms of the Blessed Mother in her times of pain and trial.

  563. 6-25-2012

    Andy, when I first heard of Aimee’s story on the news it nearly brought me to tears. We have a daughter named Aimee and while she is sweet and angelic, she is strong with the strength of a warrior. She is an optimist and finds good in all people. Your Aimee seems very much like my Aimee. We are praying for your daughter and the entire family.

  564. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, Keep the Faith, I saw Nick Vujicic 10 days ago and told him about your incredible faith. You are awesome, he might come pay you a visit.

  565. 6-25-2012

    I have not read about Aimee and & her family’s journey in over a week. I did not expect to be so moved, excited, inspired, uplifted, motivated (every positive feeling you can imagine!) by what you have written here today Andy. Thank you so much for that vision of the absolute wonderfulness of humanity and of Aimee in particular! Peace and prayer to you all!

  566. 6-25-2012

    God bless you and may He continue to heal your body. You are an amazing woman, and to hear your testimony is inspiring. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. You are already an inspiration, but I know that you will turn this life changing event into something grand. Be well.

  567. 6-25-2012

    Dear Aimee, Andy and all the Copeland Family,
    You are all so blessed in having one another, but most of all, for knowing God and recognizing His strength. As a chiropractor, I have seen many people face and overcome challenges. But I have seen one man who truly revealed what challenge is all about: Nic Vujicic. Google him. He spoke at our church and made an unforgettable mark upon my heart. Find strength, comfort, wisdom and humor in his life’s journey.

    Blessings,
    Kristin

  568. 6-25-2012

    Continued Blessings to the Copland Family. Thank you for your Blogs. I pray daily for Aimee. As I said before, I am speechless after I read about Aimee’s progress…. God is with us. And I will Thank Him carefully each day for your continued healing. My thoughts are with You All….please keep writing.
    Patricia Alonso Schaft

  569. 6-25-2012

    She is truly an inspiration beyond measure, praying for your family continually.

  570. 6-25-2012

    Andy – What a truly amazing story. I have followed it since Aimee’s accident – and she is on my prayer list and she is TRULY INCREDIBLE – what faith! WOW! A favorite verse of mine is Phillippian 4 vs. 13 – I can do all things through him who gives me strength. This is truly how your daughter lives – Bless you all and keep the faith-many are praying for you and your family.

  571. 6-25-2012

    Hi there Aimee and family!
    I continue to be amazingly surprised by the story of you, Aimee. Being that I live in Atlanta and am highly considering attending UWG, I have felt nothing but extreme inspiration and amazement from you. I get on your dad’s blog everyday to see an update. I have followed your story from the first day I heard it on the news and will continue to follow until I know you are out of the hospital. I was practically in tears of joy how excited I was to hear you got to explore the outdoors. You continue to surprise I think everyone who follows your story. I am an education major and just this past week in my Multicultural Education class we had a weekly discussion on a young girl about your age named Jessica. She was born with no arms and no legs. Like you, Jessica always focused on the positive and considered her disability a privilege to be alive. I brought you into the discussion because of similar relation to Jessica; always positive; always wanting to succeed; always considering this battle just a bump in the road. You’re extremely strong and I want you to know that I envy that in you. I wanted to share this as I am extremely proud of your progress. Sorry for the long note, but I felt obligated to say something as I’ve read several hundred comments along the way. Thank you for staying strong and continuing your strength. I think of you often and wish you the best along the road to recovery.

  572. 6-25-2012

    Aimee,

    Your strength, courage and faith are truly amazing. You are making a difference in the lives of many…even from your hospital bed.

    Keep fighting…Keep improving…You have so much to share!

  573. 6-25-2012

    Aimee, I’m a mother of 4 wonderful children and also have 3 grandchildren. When I first saw this story on the news my heart just dropped. I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I’m a Christian woman and I could not stop praying for you. My heart was so heavy and I kept crying out to the Lord Jesus to save you and to take your pain away. God Bless you sweetheart, we are strangers, but please know that I will not stop praying for you. You have been through more suffering in your young more than some folks will ever go through in their entire life. I thank the Lord that you are recovering; you will not be forgotten. Love and prayers from a Mom/Grandma in NC USA

  574. 6-25-2012

    Andy,
    You’re writing is truly eloquent! I appreciate the time you take to post to all of us your amazing daughter’s struggles and progress. Your family is handling such an unimaginable situation with absolute grace – such an example we should all model. What an inspiration! Aimee is certainly in my thoughts daily.
    What a brave girl you’ve raised.
    Hugs for Aimee from Michigan!

  575. 6-25-2012

    I have never written to anyone on a blog. I read the news about Amiee and felt that I needed to write to express my heartfelt thanks to answered prayers.
    I wiill pray for Amiee and her family every day. God has a reason for everything and I know that he will use your beautiful daughter tho help others who need encouragement.
    May God bless Amiee.

  576. 6-25-2012

    Wow just wow! Aimee your maturity and positive attitude are amazing. Scripture tells us God does not give us more than we can handle. I can only imagine the opportunities you will have in your future to impact and inspire anyone you come in contact with or who hears your testimony. The ability for you to already see and accept this as a blessing to be used to help others is heroic to say the least. Thank you for being a true example of courage, hope and optimism. I have been honored to share your story, spirit and faith with my three children. May God continue to watch over you and bless you and your family.

  577. 6-25-2012

    I am in awe of your whole family, not only Aimee. God’s love shines through in you all. I haven’t ever posted a comment on the blog but after I saw your update on our local news I decided too. I keep up with your updates of Aimee but it hasn’t been on the news locally often. I just wanted to say you are all in my prayers and have been since I first started following your updates at the beginning. Thank you for keeping us updated and God bless your family.

  578. 6-25-2012

    I read about your story in the news and I have somewhat followed your progress in news stories. And I say this being a Father with children. I am saddend to hear about your tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with you and your family, and remember your strength and faith in God can work wonders.you are a very strong young lady and an truly an example of what faith and courage can do. Be strong and continue faith and remember God does have a plan for you and I’m sure you will discover the reasons. Stay strong and keep your head high and Remember there is a lot of people praying for you and a speedy recovery. God Bless you and Your Family. Mr Rowe & Family.

  579. 6-25-2012

    “Atta Girl, Amiee”…actually you ALL deserve an “Atta Girl/Boy”
    Inspiring read….Thank you for sharing your life.

  580. 6-25-2012

    How did I know she’d respond like that? I’ve thought about what’s happened to Aimee quite a bit & how someone with her spirit would respond. Her response is EXACTLY what I felt like she would view her experience. No doubt she will have periods when she’ll feel down & angry. But, she’s such a bright light & seems to be just the type of person who will be able to take this horrible experience and use it to help others. I am so inspired by Aimee. Thank you Andy for writing this blog. My prayers continue to be with your family (we met in Romania).

  581. 6-25-2012

    I am touched by your reflective insight and honesty…and

    :-) :-) No, I would proffer that she is NOT “less than perfect”
    rather the image of perfection that we would all wish to be.

  582. 6-26-2012

    I often look for inspiration from the Word of GOD but sometimes we are directed to someone overcoming difficult circumstances. I am truly inspired by Aimee’s blog and what you have said. May you continue to be strengthened and may God use your experience to inspire others to look for inner strength. God brings strength to the inner man and it is so greatly needed in our day and time. Hope and Pray that you will rely upon Jesus for the strength you will need in your future days. God Bless.

  583. 6-26-2012

    Aimee, I don’t know you at all, but I have been following your story of courage and determination. It is a real inspiration to anyone who has faced difficult health battles. I myself was close to death a few times. I’m 53 years old and I think I’ve had a pretty good life and hopefully many more good years. When I see a young person like yourself with your courage fighting such a tough battle and maintaining such a great attitude, it renews my faith in the human spirit. God bless you girl! I have always believed that people who survive the toughest battles in their youth tend to go on to be great people. I don’t think you’ll be any exception. Don’t ever stop being you!

  584. 6-26-2012

    Aimee is an amazing person whom I would love to know.
    Andy is a loving and caring father, of which Aimee is blessed.
    Thoughts and prayers to the both of you.

  585. 6-26-2012

    We cannot believe your fantastic progress and hope the blog continues to the time you complete your Masters and head out out on the road as a MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER and we have the privilege of sitting front row center seats at $100 each. You will have found a major calling giving back to the world. To the most positive Aimie.

  586. 6-26-2012

    The way Aimee feels can only be explained by the power and grace of God in her being. She is fulfilling a purpose on behalf of so many of us. When we are weak, He is strong.

  587. 6-26-2012

    I was so excited to see your post today. I check your blogs several times a day ancious to see the progress Aimee is making and how you, Donna and Paige are doing.
    I get so excited to hear such amazing things Aimee is accomplishing. Aimee and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless

  588. 6-26-2012

    Aimee and family,
    My name is garrett im 20 yrs old and im from northern CA in the mountains. As i write this message to you i lay on a couch in my parents home unable to walk with out crutches. I have recently had 4 major surgies. I had 5 pins and a plate put in my hip, a rod and several screws put into my left arm due to a break, a rod and plate put into my lower leg due to a compound fracture, and another surgery where fragments of my hip were removed. I was driving down a two lane road late at night on the way to my parents house to surprise them with breakfast in the morning. I ended up falling asleep and hitting two oak trees resulting in these severe injuries. I still have visions in my head of the firemen, some not much older then me, cutting the door off my truck and pulling me out. Before the firemen got there, I felt so alone. As i screamed for help on dark two lane country road, I wasnt sure if i was going to live. After the firemen got me out, i was airlifted to the hospital where i spent the next three weeks. I spent two days in icu. I vaguely remember going into surgery telling my mom its going to be ok mom ill see ya soon. As i said that my mom tried to avoid looking at my exposed bone in my leg. After i was in icu i went to a regular room. I spent about a week in here where i had many visitors. Some i hadnt seen in over a year. It was now i started to feel this profound feeling of love. This feeling still brings me to tears. After a few more surgeries i eventually went to a rehab center downstairs. I was here in for a long time too. I laid in bed and hadnt even sat up in almost two weeks. By the time the physical therapists got me up and off the bed it had been over two weeks of laying in bed on my back. I couldnt move my legs much at all until i got to th rehab center. I also had lost a lot of blood so i was dizzy for often. I made small steps in my rehab process. It started with me sitting all the way up. Then i moved to the edge of the bed with the help of the PT. I eventually got into a wheelchair but i couldnt be in it long due to the dizziness. they finally had me using a walker balancing on one leg which im still doing today. I started by walking to the door, then out the door a few feet, then down the hall a little further until i eventually walked about 200 feet. this all happened in a week or so. I will never forget the first thing i saw when i wheeled out that front door. I was a beautiful sunny morning. The birds were singing, people were walking down the side walk and the sky was blue. I felt the cool morning breeze against my skin. The warm sunlight neck and arms. And ill never forget seeing this young woman walking a giant dog. that was the first time i had been outside. As i laid i my bed i thought about the things i lost. i temporary lost the use of my left leg, due to nerve damage i may never fully regain the use of my left foot and i lost something i had been dreaming about for months. I was enlisted in the airforce. I was supposed to go to bootcamp this september and then spend the next six years of my life traveling the world and meeting new ppl and seeing new things. You can only imagine the excitement of a kid who grew up in a two stop light town. strangley though, i wasnt that dissappointed. I realized i had so much to be thankful for. My parents who are taking care of me. my friends who dropped everything to be by my side, the nurses who were at my constant beckoning. I now have a new found respect for life and the little things. thank you to you and your family for writing this blog. i wish you well and will keep all of you in my thoughts

  589. 6-26-2012

    In a world where so many continually complain that they are not given enough it is incredibly refreshing to see the attitude expressed by this wonderful young woman. With that attitude she cannot lose. God Bless her!

  590. 6-26-2012

    From the first day I heard about Aimee on the news, then reading about this young woman strength is just amazing! I love to hear about her, she is an inspiration to me. Her faith in God, is evident and uplifting! Blessings to the whole family.

    Javier & Analin Flores – California

  591. 6-26-2012

    YAY!!!!!! I’m soooooooooooooo glad that Aimee’s up and around!!! Being outside is really the best medicine!!!!!!! =D =D =D =D YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!! I’m just so happy for you, girl!!!!! When you get better, you need to come to Southern Oklahoma! It’s (in my opinion) the most beautiful place in the world! It’s not loud or crazy (unless you’re at a basketball/softball/baseball game!) Just lots of cattle farms, ponds, and trees! =) =) =)

    I’ve put all my prayer effort into you since my Granny died, and it looks like it’s worked! But, we can’t forget the entire world, which has been praying for you as well!!!! Get well soon Aimee!!!!!!! I’m praying for you and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lots of hugs and kisses,
    Maddie =)

  592. 6-26-2012

    First off thank you so very much for posting this very personal journey you are on. Thank you for allowing us (those who have been following)to send Aimee and your family healing prayers and words of encouragement. It warms my heart to see such an out pouring from total strangers to someone they do not know just because it is the right thing to do.
    Your family and Aimee have been such an inspiration for so many reasons I don’t dare try and list them all here!! lolol
    But know that I strive to face everyday new day with courage, grace, and determination that Aimee has shown.
    Blessings to you all. =]
    Thoughts and prayers everyday for y’all.

  593. 6-26-2012

    I thank God for your strength. If anything that I might say sounds redundant it is merely coincidence as I have not read any other responses so I speak unemcumbered by others’ thoughts and well wishes.

    Something that I read somewhere that subtley refers to flying but also hints at how to be successful in life went like this: “Altitude always depends on Attitude.” And I see you soaring with eagles.

    As your father as said, you are a very special person and it’s people like you that inspires many of us to try to be better people. I know it does that for me. Perspective…how hard have I really had it compared to this woman that truly understands hardship. I pray most everyday and you are included in those prayers. Your father also used the word “Incredible” but to that I would like to add dignity and grace. Thank you.

    Take care of you. All the best, always.
    Rob

  594. 6-26-2012

    Aimee, I am continually uplifted by your courage and your spirit. You are so strong that it gives us all hope. My dear wife just underwent the same fight against this bacteria. I found out after she got her first skin grafts that she almost died. We were blessed that she too is a fighter and has made an incredible recovery. I believe it was due to the many, many people who prayed on her behalf. I will continue to pray for you too Aimee. I’m proud of you and your positive outlook. God gives us many challenges in life and it is up to us to find out how to learn from them and grow. God Bless you in your growth.

  595. 6-26-2012

    My mom lost her leg a few years ago and it’s not easy… but it’s not impossible. You are such an amazing girl, Aimee. My entire family thinks you’re such an inspiration and would love to meet you one day.

  596. 6-26-2012

    Andy,

    Thank you for sharing this story. It is inspiring story of a brave young woman. I wish her all the luck and hopefully she will recovery fully very soon. Also, am inspired by how your family has handled the situation.

    Have had some small problems of my own. I say they are small as they are nothing compared to what Aimee and your family has gone through. Has given me spirit to be optimistic and hopefully address the situation – this at a time when I am very close to giving up and kicking the bucket. Hopefully, reading this inspiring tale will help me. prayers for Aimee and the family.

  597. 6-26-2012

    Aimee When this first happened and I started keeping up with you and praying for your recovery, likeing your FB page and now checking this wall, I knew something about you was different.

    I am so proud of you.

  598. 6-26-2012

    Until seeing your family this morning on Good Morning America, I hadn’t even heard about your family’s situation. I’m touched, blessed, and encouraged by Aimee’s explanation about how she has been blessed by this situation. Amazing! What a testimony of her upbringing and her faith. ?

  599. 6-26-2012

    Hello Andy,

    I have heard about what happend to Amiee back in May and thats when i started my research on that illness. And that’s how i found out about your blog. I just want you to know that you and your wife are incredible parents and your daughter is a true inspiration to me. I want you to know that i will keep your wonderful family in my prayers and especially Amiee. Let me tell you that i am not an very active person and that i recently started running every morning. I am not gonna lie, i really don’t like it as much but i know i have to change my lifestyle into healthier and more active. So I will keep running for Amiee. Every day.
    We wish Amiee all the best and may she keep staying strong!
    God bless you all.

  600. 6-26-2012

    Amiee, when I see your beautiful face and warm smile you remind me of my daughter. She is 21 and will be a senior at GCSU. The two of you have many of the same qualities. I feel like I know your heart and your determination. Your national attention has given you the opportunity to share your living testimony to many, many people. Yes, you are truly blessed. Please know that by sharing your story you have blessed more people than you will ever realize. The statement that God has a plan for everthing is evident with your happenings. You have touched many lives. Amiee, God also knows that what he throws at us will not always be easy. That is why he places people in our lives to help carry us when we feel we can’t go on. Your family LOVES you. Your family is standing behind you ready to carry you whenever you need them. Yes, you are truly blessed. My prayers continue to go out to all of you. Thank you for sharing your story and for touching my life. May you continue to be blessed by God’s gifts. I look forward to seeing you walk and get your masters in December. You can do it, Amiee!
    Love, Lisa- Buford GA

  601. 6-26-2012

    My prayers are with each of you as you travel this challenging road. You may never know how many people you touch, inspire and encourage as you document this journey each of you finds yourself on, but know it will surely add up to a staggering number. God bless each of you. You are truly inspiring. And when you occasionally falter, and we all do, I pray the good Lord is always there to lift you back up again and carry you until you find your footing again.

  602. 6-26-2012

    I just want to say that Aimee is an inspiration to us all. I check to see how she is doing everynight I get into work to make sure she is doing well. I will continue to pray for her and your family. She is an incredible perso and I wish the world had more of Aimee and your family in it. I will continue to follow her progress and pray for all of your family as well. Thank you Aimee for being an inspiration. I find no reason to complain anymore. Well, I might, but I will think of you when I do so.

    Thank you Copeland family.
    God bless.:)

  603. 6-26-2012

    Aimee, Andy and family,
    It is a rare occurrence that I ever turn on the news or a morning show, but for the past 12 weeks I have been with my daughter in the hospital and now home and have twice seen Aimee’s story on Good Morning America. The first time I wrote down a quote you said about staying in the present and letting God take care of the future. It hangs on my refrigerator now that we’re home.
    My 21 year old daughter fell down a flight of steps on a Friday morning in March. Like Aimee, she was just going about her life, and this crazy thing happened that will change her and everyone around her. I have to write and just tell you I see so many similarities in Aimee and Molly’s spirits. Aimee’s journey is so much tougher and serious with no doubt, but after 9 weeks in the hospital and welcoming my young adult daughter back home for ‘a while,’ it is still a life-changing journey.
    We listen and learn to the lessons being offered every single day. And we still have our rough days as well. But overall, Molly is determined and her spirit is what will guide her in her ‘new’ life. In the short segments I have watched about Aimee, I know that is the case as well. What a lovely young woman and an amazing family she has. These things come out of nowhere and are truly horrific but I admire and connect with all of you, understanding your pain and your hope and your commitment to have Aimee back and begin her changed life.
    Please share my positive energy and prayers with Aimee and know that she has impacted a mom back in Illinois. Abundant blessings to you all!-Shelly Wells Cain, fitshelly@gmail.com

  604. 6-26-2012

    I am so happy to hear of your daughter’s miracle. MY sister went into the hospital on this past Christmas day and was diagnosed with Necrotising Fasciitis, but unfortunately she passed away after being in ICU for 57 days. I, probably like you have never heard of this bizarre and evil and destructive disease, and for the longest time thought this was all a bad dream.

    Anyways- I hope your daughter has a long and happy life and you are wonderful parents to stay with her day after day in the hospital.

    April

  605. 6-26-2012

    Part of the reason I think Aimee is doing so well is that she has this incredible, loving family. I feel it immediately when I start reading her Dad’s blog. There is nothing blessed about the actual incident that caused this condition, but there will be such blessings from now on because God’s grace is so limitless.

  606. 6-26-2012

    I am from a little town in Texas. I have been praying for you and your family since I heard about your accident. I have a prayer board in my office at work and your name has been on it. I told my friends about you and I know they have prayed also. My step daughter’s name is Aimee also. My thought for you today is:
    GOD allows us to be ourselves, unique…special…one-of-a-kind.
    And HE delights in us! May HE open up the Heavens and pour down his Blessings apon you and your family. Karen

  607. 6-26-2012

    Thanks for the update. Your family and their courage is amazing. You are touching so many lives in a way you may never know. Will be praying for Aimee. What a beautiful child you have.

  608. 6-26-2012

    WOW!!!!! What a Love Story!! A True Inspiration!!
    I have just read your latest blog and for the first time.
    I just had to respond, I am so in awe of your entire family. I believe that the love & determination your daughter has inside of her, along with the love of your family,friends and acquaintances is truly a divine Gift!
    I wish Aimee and your family my best along with my prayers of support as you continue this journey. I hope that Aimee’s story is someday captured on film to share with the world as it is truly inspiring!

  609. 6-26-2012

    Way to go, Aimee! Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!
    I wish you all the best. What an incredible fighter you are. And yor parents, too!

  610. 6-26-2012

    Andy,

    Your blog never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Sometimes tears of sadness for your struggles, but so often tears of joy as I read about Aimee’s amazing recovery and her continued strength.

    From your posting, your daughter sounds as if she is truly blessed with wisdom beyond her years. Her view of challenges as an opportunity for growth is one we should all take to heart.

    Keeping your family in my prayers everyday.

  611. 6-26-2012

    This is the first time I have read your blog. Your daughter Aimee is special as is your entire family. What inspired me about you was that although Aimee has a wonderful attitude and I believe will heal and live a wonderful life, you have left room for times when she may feel anger at what has happened to her, may be depressed for a time. Having that kind of emotional support is what heals people because you, her father, and I am sure her sister and mother feel the same, are giving her the freedom of her emotions. You are one wonderful father and Aimee is lucky to have you. I will keep Aimee in my prayers and I, again, want to say, I believe Aimee will always be special and one day have a family of her own and experience the joys of a normal life and more. God Bless all of you from the bottom of my heart.

  612. 6-26-2012

    Hi Aimee and Copeland family.

    Aimee, you are a true inspiration. You are a blessing to this world. Just as your parents knew you were a blessing when you came into their lives, your courage, spirit and smile now bless us all.

    I had an injury three years ago that changed my life. No, my life is not the same; it’s “new,” and it’s not a sprint, but a marathon. How you handle things gives me confidence to look things head on, and take every moment as a blessing and opportunity. Like you, I have learned a great deal from these life events and those learnings can be a gift of sorts.

    Keep strong and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  613. 6-26-2012

    What an amazing young lady you have. Praying for all of you!

  614. 6-26-2012

    After reading your blog today i thought i’d share with you a quote from, of all things, a fortune cookie. I’ve kept it on my keyboard at work for months now. “Turbulence is a life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.”

    Best of luck! You got this :)

    -Katie from Connecticut