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cybermom
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Posted - 09/24/2010 :  09:30:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

For those of you who remember my post about my friend/co-worker Amy.

She is fighting Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma and has given it one hell of a fight.

She will most likely be transferred back to Cincinnati to hospice next week. (Right now she is in a hospital in Maryland where she was receiving experimental treatment.)

It's been less than a year since she was diagnosed.

Please keep Amy in your prayers that she finds peace and rest and that she does not suffer.

Please also pray for her family, that God will provide them strength and comfort during this time.


Thanks so much.

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Posted - 09/24/2010 :  09:39:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

She and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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John Beagle
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Posted - 09/24/2010 :  09:44:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Continuing prayers for Amy and her family.

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" #BillCosby
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Posted - 09/25/2010 :  2:53:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I have been thinking about your Friend all day, just heartbreaking!

Most assuredly she is in my prayers!


I've searched the secret mists, I've climbed the highest peaks, Caught the wild wind home To hear her soft voice speak, No matter where I roam ...
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cybermom
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Posted - 09/27/2010 :  11:36:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

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[i]Originally posted by HRHPatey[/i]
[br]I have been thinking about your Friend all day, just heartbreaking!

Most assuredly she is in my prayers!





Thank you!

They will hopefully be moving her to an area hospital next Tuesday. Please also pray for a smooth flight home.

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Posted - 09/30/2010 :  1:55:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

They will be moving her to hospice today. Please continue your prayers for her to not suffer and for her family to find comfort.

Thank you.
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Posted - 09/30/2010 :  2:02:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Most definitely.,

This hurts my heart just to read it.... I have and will continue to keep Amy, family and loved ones in my thoughts and prayers.


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[i]Originally posted by cybermom[/i]
[br]They will be moving her to hospice today. Please continue your prayers for her to not suffer and for her family to find comfort.

Thank you.


I've searched the secret mists, I've climbed the highest peaks, Caught the wild wind home To hear her soft voice speak, No matter where I roam ...
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Posted - 09/30/2010 :  2:59:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Continuing to pray for Amy, her family, and friends.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter won't mind. And those who mind, don't matter."
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cybermom
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Posted - 10/01/2010 :  09:06:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Thanks to all who are praying. I will try to keep you updated. She was moved yesterday evening to hospice. I was able to visit for a while and feel blessed to have seen her. The doctor has given her 1-2 days.... we will see.
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Posted - 10/01/2010 :  09:29:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Cybermom, I am so sorry to hear this. She and her family will remain in my prayers.
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cybermom
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It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Amy. She passed away at 7pm this evening. Thank you to all who have prayed for her. She is now in a much better place and without pain. Please keep her family in your prayers. Especially her husband and her two little boys. Please pray that God will comfort them and that they may feel His loving arms around them. She fought so hard and she brought so many people closer together and closer to God.
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Posted - 10/02/2010 :  11:10:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Oh I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for God's guidance for this family as they grieve. My heart is just aching for all of you. Please know that I am praying.
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Posted - 10/03/2010 :  11:49:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Praying for her family . . . very sad news.

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Posted - 10/04/2010 :  09:12:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

This breaks my heart & I have been praying for your friend Amy & her family. I am blessed to have survived my fight with Melanoma when I was 30 yrs old with 2 young babies and now at 43 fighting (with 3 children) I am dealing with my 3rd fight with cancer (Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer). My point is that as a Mom struggling with cancer I know how HARD Amy must have fought to remain her for her boys!! My children are the only thing that keep me fighting. May God be with all of them!!
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Posted - 10/04/2010 :  8:45:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Thank you for all who are praying. Below is a link to her obituary.

http://www.wlwt.com/obituaries/index.html
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http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2FAB%2F20101005%2FNEWS0104%2F10060347%2F

Amy Meranda was boosted by 'Amy's Army'

By Jon Craig • jcraig@enquirer.com • October 5, 2010

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MILFORD - Amy Callahan Meranda had so many friends and relatives they came to be known as "Amy's Army."

So when the 29-year-old died Saturday evening at Hospice of Cincinnati, with a legion of loved ones by her side, it was fitting that many wore black-and-pink T-shirts with her favorite saying on the back: "Smiles and laughter heal more than tears."

Her husband, Justin Meranda, said he's been comforted by the outpouring of love and support: Family members and friends, rotating shifts 20 at a time, kept Amy company at the hospice during her final two days of life. She battled a highly aggressive melanoma for nearly a year before dying at the age of 29.

He said the couple's favorite song, "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, captures the spirit of their rocky courtship, long-distance relationship during college, and tumultuous year chasing diagnoses and treatments for her rare cancer.

"We had a long, bumpy road," he said.

The journey took them to some of the nation's top cancer specialists. Meranda said Dr. Philip D. Leming, a Cincinnati oncologist, told him he'd never seen a cancer attack so fast and aggressively.

"He was just as much heartbroken as I was," Meranda said.

In early June, Amy walked the "survivors' lap" of the Relay for Life at Milford High School, her alma mater. It was the day after she was told Stage 4 melanoma had returned to her leg. She completed the lap with her two sons, Joshua Callahan-Foley, 8, and Tyler Meranda, 3.

The couple met at the University of Cincinnati. They dated long-distance until Justin got his degree at the University of North Carolina in 2005.

Meranda called the three years before his wife's cancer diagnosis their "golden years." They built a home in Goshen in February 2006, Mrs. Meranda became a registered nurse in June, they were married in September and had a son, Tyler, in 2007. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Bethesda North Hospital until 2009.

But in the fall of 2009, they noticed a strange bump on her right ankle. It took three months to get a second opinion from a dermatologist. By then - they'd later learn - cancer cells had spread to her thigh.

After nine weeks of chemotherapy at Christ Hospital, initial scans showed Mrs. Meranda was free of melanoma, but it returned faster than normal. What looked like chicken pox on her leg turned into mushroom clouds, her husband said, and then lumpy marble-like masses that wrapped around her leg, making it difficult for her to walk. In July, a rare but often successful procedure to isolate the cancer failed after 10 hours of surgery; doctors said it wasn't safe to proceed because it could cause organ failure.

A week ago, Mrs. Meranda was told she had less than two weeks to live. She was transferred to Hospice of Cincinnati from Christ Hospital.

In addition to her husband and two sons, Mrs. Meranda is survived by her parents, Tom and Barb Callahan of Milford; her sister, Kristi Callahan, and brothers, Jason , Zachary and Jacob Callahan, all of the Milford area; and grandparents, Tom and Lois Callahan and Russ and Janet Cosby, also of Milford.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Milford.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Milford.

The family requests contributions go to the Amy Meranda Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank.
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