Melinda Stotts | firstname.lastname@example.org
MIAMI – There’s a Bible parable concerning the “pearl of great price” that has intrigued Angie Douthit for years.
“I’ve always read that and thought, ‘What is that pearl of great price? I don’t get it,’ and God opened my eyes, It’s His peace,” Angie mentioned in an interview at her large eating room desk. “To live in peace is the most amazing thing ever.”
That’s an incredible assertion from a lady simply recognized with stage 4 most cancers.
Angie, 48, is well-known in Miami as a runner and health buff. She has been working since she was 15 years-old. It’s frequent to see her jogging round city, or participating together with her household in a health occasion.
“I just started getting shortness of breath and my running was slowing down. I ran a 5K in November, and I was so upset because I got second place in my division. I was just sucking air,” she mentioned.
Her doctor first thought Angie may be affected by bronchitis.
“I thought, I’ll take antibiotics and it’ll be okay,” Angie mentioned. “All my bloodwork and everything always came back perfect. There were no red flags at all. I wanted to make it through the holidays, but I knew things were getting really bad. I remember running outside and I heard myself wheeze out loud, and I couldn’t do a long run anymore.”
After extra x-rays, Angie was despatched for a CT scan of her lungs and he or she says that was her first clue her sickness was one thing greater than antibiotics might repair.
“When I went in here at Miami the sweet radiologist asked if I read the report. I went, ‘Kind of, but I don’t know what any of it means.’ The radiologist said, ‘This is really scary’” Angie mentioned.
A number of days later whereas watching a soccer sport together with her household is the second Angie says she realized one thing was significantly the matter together with her well being.
“We’re huge OU fans. I remember sitting on that floor at my Mom’s watching that game disappear from us and I’m not yelling or screaming or anything – and I knew,” she mentioned.
With outcomes of the CT scan in, Angie was referred to a pulmonologist and confronted a month and a half lengthy watch for an appointment. A buddy suggested her to go to Freeman Hospital together with her data and sit within the ER till she was seen.
“We sat there for six hours and I told Brad (her husband) three times, ‘Let’s just go’,” she mentioned. “But here’s how God worked – because I sat there for six hours, when they called me back it was shift change, so I got a brand new fresh doctor. The first thing he said was, ‘We need to check your brain.’”
The Douthits had been instructed the physician can be again in 45 minutes.
“He was back in two minutes,” Angie mentioned. “ The doctor said ‘Look at this’ and he starts showing me. At first, we found three tumors.”
The complete medical report indicated eight inoperable cancerous tumors in complete in Angie’s mind, and a tumor the dimensions of an orange on her lung that has branched round her windpipe and esophagus.
“God gave me wonderful doctors. When they saw my head, they said, ‘We can’t believe you’re alive, we’re going to check for aneurysms and brain bleeds, why are you not having seizures, other symptoms’ but there was nothing,” Angie mentioned.
Medical doctors instantly put her on steroids and anti-seizure medicines.
In hindsight, Angie says she did discover refined signs that one thing wasn’t fairly proper. At instances she couldn’t keep in mind methods to kind.
“I knew my brain was foggy since around January of 2017, because every year I start in January and read the Bible through in one year, well I couldn’t remember anything I read in the morning,” Angie mentioned, laughing. “ I thought, is this menopause?”
Rising severe she mentioned, “I did have signs, but never in a million years would I have thought this.”
Her oncologists and docs have defined the most cancers in her lungs was attributable to a mutation that entered her physique and went by means of her complete bloodstream
“It went through my body looking for the highest vascular place to live, which was my lungs,” she mentioned. “But the cool thing is, it likes it there so well it hasn’t went anywhere else but metastasized to my brain.”
Radiation to Angie’s mind was step one. A particular radiation masks was molded to her face to allow the radiologists to tack her all the way down to maintain her nonetheless throughout the focused remedy. Already petite and tremendous match, Angie misplaced 20 kilos in a single week.
“That’s why I have no hair,” Angie mentioned, carrying a cap to cowl her now bald head.
Pals helped her shave her head and supported her by means of the tough strategy of hair loss.
Cell concentrating on chemotherapy has prompted Angie to lose her urge for food and have shortness of breath, however she says she is aware of the chemo is important to battle her tumors. She believes her degree of health helps her maintain the remedies higher.
“God had to put me completely on my back, completely drain all my strength so that I could be quiet and listen to him,” Angie mentioned. “I try to explain that to people because I haven’t been scared. I haven’t been worried. No stress. It’s the most amazing incredible peace I’ve ever had in my life. The only times I have cried is when I was praising Him and realizing how incredible God is, and it wasn’t tears of sadness.”
Her Christian religion and dedication to her religion are well-known to those that know Angie, so none are stunned by the place she finds her energy, however the depth of her religion has impressed 1000’s.
“I believe, fully believe, that my entire life from day one has been choreographed for such a time as this and God was preparing me completely. But I was the typical American, I call it the hamster on the wheel. I was on the wheel, I was going, going, going, being productive I thought, but was I really getting anywhere?” Angie mentioned. “My plan was to retire at 62 and live out my retirement, and I went, ‘That was my plan?’ So what! God said we’ve got so much more to do.”
Angie’s prognosis prompted her to reevaluate her plan and objective.
“He showed me what a good, incredible God He was and He showed me how simple it can be. My whole goal is I want people to know my Jesus and I want to share the love of Christ,” Angie mentioned. “He’s a God of blessing – we are to praise and trust. For the first time in life, my body and mind are at rest.”
Her intimate religion in God is restoring her peace, which is therapeutic and a present in response to Angie.
“I want healing, but I want to seek the Healer,” she mentioned. “I want His perfect will. My prognosis was four to 12 months. I have eternal life. I see life so differently. I can sit for hours and look out the window without the TV on, I can listen now. He said ‘Do not fear.’ How many times did God say, ‘Do not fear,’ it’s all through the Bible. He said trust me, let me give you my peace and then you go share it with other people.”
Angie has been posting every day devotions and messages of hope and of her progress on her Fb web page.
“It takes me so long every morning just to type that post, but it’s all God coming out. It’s not me,” she mentioned.
Angie was born and raised in Miami, however attended Wyandotte Colleges from Kindergarten by means of her freshman yr of highschool after which graduated from Miami Excessive College. She met her husband Brad of 30 years in highschool.
“My sophomore year we moved to Miami and that’s how we met. We rode the school bus and we couldn’t stand each other, I was obnoxious and he was mean,” Angie mentioned smiling on the reminiscence. “It was destined.”
Brad has additionally labored for Miami Public Colleges for 22 years as Rockdale Elementary custodian.
“He’s five blocks away. It’s so convenient, especially right now because he can come home from lunch every day. It was so hard for him to go back to work,” Angie mentioned. “It’s good for him to keep his mind busy.”
(Throughout our interview Brad referred to as to test on her and up to date pictures of the couple present him actually wrapped round his spouse.)
“Brad took it the hardest,” she mentioned.
After elevating her 4 children, Whitney, 30, Kaylee, 27, Zeke, 25, and Mackenzie, 23, whereas working an in-home daycare Angie then earned a educating diploma. She has taught second and third grades within the Miami Public College system at Wilson Elementary for 11 years and the previous three years at Roosevelt Elementary.
“When my youngest started first grade I had my Associates degree and I said, ‘Mom’s turn,’ and it just worked out where I got to go back to school and went to Pitt State,” Angie mentioned. “I was so glad I stayed home with my kids.”
Angie says her third-grade college students are like “sponges” and added with fun, “They still think you’re cool.”
Her household varieties the proper workforce and every member of the family offers help and assist in their very own distinctive means utilizing their abilities and expertise.
“The kids have been troopers. Whitney and Tim are staying with us and that’s super helpful and she’s my secretary and her husband’s my tech guy. Kaylee is a PTA so she’s my medical soundboard and her husband can fix anything. Zeke is a personal trainer and Jordan is a licensed dietician. Mackenzie has been helping with all my social media stuff and her husband Josh is a great help. All their personalities just came out in this,” Angie mentioned, as her voice breaks with emotion for the primary time. “It’s been hard, but it’s helped for them to see I’m not scared.”
“All four of my kids married wonderful people, and we had six grandkids in six years,” Angie mentioned. “My first thought when I got my diagnosis was ‘Thank you, God, it’s not one of my kids.’ Then I thought of my parents (Jack and Jayne Trask). My Dad’s taken me to every appointment.”
On this time of nice strife, the group’s help overwhelms Angie and her household.
“Miami, Oklahoma, this place, it’s hard to even come up with words for what this community has done for my family,” she mentioned. “They immediately started shining – brought food, money, fundraisers. Me, my family, and Brad were just blown away. They are amazing. God opened my eyes to see all the kindness in people.”
Three back-to-back appointments together with her oncology workforce on Monday revealed the outcomes of testing after the entire mind radiation remedies and chemo. The docs discovered simply seven tumors as an alternative of eight initially indicated and the swelling in her mind has gone down considerably. The remedy plan is to now goal the three greater tumors with radiation for 5 days beginning Feb. 12.
Radiologist believes there is a good likelihood they’ll destroy the tumors. If radiation does not kill the lung most cancers mass, chemo will comply with. If all goes as deliberate docs imagine Angie will have the ability to resume most of her regular exercise.
“It’s all in God’s control,” Angie mentioned. “We are praying for 20 more years and if God gives me 20 more years I’ve got a lot of work to do. Now I know how to pray for others. My life purpose is that people will know my Jesus and I will share the love of Christ no matter what happens. He is so real and He has given me this amazing, incredible peace, and I wouldn’t go back. I know that sounds strange, but He has changed me so much and opened my eyes to so many things and I want to share and share and share until my last breath.”
Melinda Stotts is the affiliate editor of the Miami Information-Report. She could be emailed at email@example.com or adopted on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.