At just 24 years old, my sister Colandra was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, polymyositis. She had a young son to raise, students to teach, and a basketball team to coach.
So she kept going because there was a lot of work for her to do.
Through the years, her medical conditions multiplied and worsened. She continued to serve her husband, Chad, son, CJ, and the rest of her family, serve her students, and serve God- being licensed and ordained for ministry.
Through God's strength, she kept going because there was a lot of God's work for her to do.
In September 2015, the diseases' attack on Colandra's lungs caused her to start wearing oxygen 24/7.
Through God's strength and with a oxygen pack on her back and a smile on her face, she kept going because there was a lot of God's work for her to do.
Colandra kept preaching, kept smiling, kept serving, kept giving, and even kept working- Until April 2017, at age 40, when sickness seemed to halt all her work. However, what God was doing, none of us could have predicted. He was simply starting a demolition process- to refocus, restore, rebuild, and repurpose. Though she is weak in body, Colandra is stronger than ever in faith, love, and her desire to serve God and others.
Through God's strength and with infection ravaging her body, chemo trailing through her veins, her hair falling out, and her body laying on a hospital bed, she kept going because there was a lot of God's work for her to do.
The doctors had prescribed countless medicines, therapy, and even chemo to treat the symptoms of her lung disease. But God has answered our prayers for her healing and Colandra WILL BE receiving two new lungs at Emory in Atlanta.
Despite all, my sister has witnessed to and encouraged all of those around her and we know her ministry is really just beginning. This process will be ugly, though. Before the surgery there will be numerous trips to and from Atlanta doctors' offices for tests and appointments. Colandra is no longer able to work and these trips keep Chad out of work as well. The cost of surgery for a double lung transplant and the required medical care during preparation and recovery is estimated at well over a half million dollars. We have set a goal of $10,000 to lessen the financial stress on the family and assist with current travel and care. Please help my sister to keep going.
In advance, we are thankful for you and for God's provision in all things. We know He will provide because we know He still has a lot of His work for her to do.