Praying For Anita

A young family will spend this holiday praying for Anita.  She’s a 27 year old mother and wife who has a rare medical condition.  Now the North Georgia community is rallying behind Anita and her fight to recover.

Anita Weeks-Woody smiles with her son Braxton in a photograph of their family.  He had just turned 1 year old when Anita was hit was a devastating diagnosis.  Her friend Rachel Pierce says, “Never would I have ever dreamed that it was something so serious.”

On October first, she learned she had a rare tumor called ependymoma.  It was about 5 inches long, running from the bottom of her brain down her spine.  Anita’s sister, Michelle Murray says, “It just was like overnight she couldn’t move anything.”

Pierce says, “It’s a huge deal, people don’t realize until they see her how much she has changed.”

Through the sudden news and urgent schedule for surgery, Anita’s sister and friends were always close, especially the group of girls she graduated high school with.  Pierce says, “We’ve been friends since we were 12, a lot of us cheered together in high school.”

Now, they are cheering along their 27 year old friend, through a website, praying for anita, along with tshirts and wristbands.  After Anita’s procedure, she was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where she’s now going through rehab.  “She can move her left arm enough to drive her chair and she is re-learning how to feed herself.”

Anita is in a wheelchair, and doctors don’t know how well or when she’ll recover.  But those pushing for her prayers are hopeful and confident in her faith.  Pierce says, “I think her attitude and the peace and grace I have watched, it’s not human, it’s something far greater.”

Her sister agrees, as Braxton and her husband visit Anita, trying to pass their story of the power of prayer.  Murray says, “So genuine, she’s my hero, she really is.”

The family says they’re grateful for all the financial help they’ve already received.  They are still trying to fix up a wheelchair accessible van, and make the changes needed for the house.




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