Hi! Welcome to HOPE xo wesbite! My name is Amanda Rhye but my friends call me AK. I love to travel and also love cheese pizza. :) When I was 11 years old I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), which is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. I was given 2 weeks to live with no hope of survival. Long story short, after many tough nights and months in the hospital I was sent home. My treatment ended and they had done all they could do. It was now a waiting game. Waiting to see when the cancer would show up again. Every check up I sat worried, waiting for the bad news...waiting for the cancer to come back. Days turned into months and months turned into years and finally 5 years out they said another "c word", CURED! They couldn't understand it and even the doctors said it was miracle. Now 17 years later I am still cancer free!(happy dance) I have two beautiful kids (which I was told I would be unable to have) and the husband of my dreams. (really though, I've wanted to marry him every since I was 5 years old.)
It took me some time to be able to visit the hospital rooms again- I practically lived on the 3rd floor at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and stayed in every single room on the floor during my time of treatment, so it was hard going back, but I desperately wanted to let every kid on the cancer floor know that if I can make it so can they. My mom always said that if she had someone like me stop by it would give her just a little hope and with what the doctors were saying that was all she really needed. Over the years I have loved being able to visit the hospital to see kids who were in the same room, same hopeless situation as me, showing them my bald pic and letting them know they've got this!
So today that is why I am taking it a step further to do more - to launch a line that help brings hope to many. An avenue for each child with cancer and the parents beside them to know that there is hope for them too. Cancer is not going away anytime soon it seems so while it's still here causing pain, sickness and sadness we're going to continue to kick its butt with hope! I am excited to share so many stories of hope along this journey. Stories from when I was in the hospital and when the doctors looked at my parents and said, "she won't make it through this", stories from other cancer survivors and stories of those who are in the middle of their fight today.
My heart is to bring hope to every family affected by this disease and to put a smile on the face of every child that is diagnosed across this world, while on mission to find a cure. I hope that you will join me. Below is some of my memories in pictures. I can't wait to share more.
"If you're still breathing, there is HOPE."
Amanda Power & her crush Josh Rhye visiting her in the hospital - 1999
Amanda and her new puppy she got as a end of treatment gift for Christmas 1999.
Amanda's hair growing back - Summer Camp 2000 with Josh Rhye