From one transplant to next, woman perseveres through daughter’s medical challenges

THE REPUBLIC | Julie McClure
Janice Lawson reflects on caring for her daughter Amy in her home in Hope, Ind., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Janice self-published a book called “Saving Amy.” The book covers the care she and her husband Mike provided for their daughter Amy after they found out she was born with a kidney disease called hyperoxaluria. Both Janice and her husband Mike donated kidneys to their daughter. Mike Wolanin | The Republic
From the time Amy Lawson was born, God gave her a guardian angel on earth.

Her mother.

Now 34 with a family of her own, Amy Steward is the focus of a new book her mother has written. It’s about how her parents– Janice and Mike Lawson, longtime residents of Hope — worked for three decades to save her life from a devastating kidney disease that led to four organ transplants, amputation of her feet and other medi- cal struggles.

Janice Lawson will tell you the title of the book, “Saving Amy,” is an apt description of what her family took on after their first-born child arrived April 13, 1983.

“This is a story about the sacrifices a mother has made for a daughter,” Mike Lawson said. “But it’s also the story of a lot of people who know Amy and have helped us have the faith to get through it.”

Janice Lawson said Amy’s ultimate survival was always in the hands of God, with an assist from individuals who came into the family’s orbit and provided life-saving options that were needed at each juncture and health crisis. They include people and organizations that sponsored fundraisers to help pay for Amy’s medical care and intervened on the family’s behalf.

Amy, married and a stay-at-home mom to her young son Joshua in Carlisle, Ohio, said she read her life’s story as her mother was writing it in Hope and offered some observations along the way. Continue reading
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