November | December 2018 34 Faith, Family and Friends FINDING ANSWERS THROUGH by Wendy Wallace Family Matters I am a wife, a mother and a quadruple amputee. In 2011, I developed what I thought was the flu, but it turned out to be something far more menacing. I contracted necrotizing fasciitis, which is a flesh-eating bacteria. I spent three weeks in a coma – when I woke up, both hands and both feet had been amputated. Necrotizing fasciitis affects the soft tissue and spreads to the internal organs. When they start shutting down, extremities start to die – thus, the amputations were necessary to save my life. I spent two months in the hospital and one month in rehab before I was able to come home and rebuild my life. When I was looking for answers as to how I was going to continue to live my life successfully, the first place I looked was to God. God has given me the grace and courage that I need to carry on.