We humans place a lot of value in numbers. In a world of uncertainty, statistics can provide a feeling of stability and groundedness. This world we live in, though, is made up of intangible properties that numbers simply cannot define. Amanda’s world is no different.
It is tempting to tell her story with a series of stats:
3 chronic diagnoses
60% curvature of the spine
4 devastating floods
2 dead minivans
$1.00 in the bank
48 painful hormone shots
But the space between these numbers says more than the numbers themselves ever could. These statistics don’t reflect Amanda’s love for life, her soul that longs to sing gospel and country music whenever she can, or her adventurous spirit that refuses to let a wheelchair stop her from ziplining. The circumstances of Amanda’s life are little more than a backdrop, a canvas that she and her mother, Lynda, have painted a vibrant picture upon.