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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A December 2005 VWSH CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Illness does not derail womans spirit are willing to sacrifice for their moms special Shes letting me wear flip flops to the said The colors are and the dress has been altered for the day Hope walks down the aisle of Living Waters Wor ship Center in Though the couple planned an April the date was moved up to which was once plentiful for the is becoming more and more precious for Hope and The diagnosis In Hope was working full time and finishing her education degree at Texas State As an over worked mother of she dismissed the increasing fatigue or stiffness in her face and hands as signs of I saw how my fingers but I didnt know what it Hope I thought I was either working too hard or I was just sleeping a and I liter ally had to make myself get out of A friend suggested that Hope might have a disease called which causes the skin on the hands and face to When she took her oldest daughter to the the dentist sug gested an which showed that all the tissue inside her cheeks was Hope was diagnosed with systemic a ter minal disease that causes the tissues of the includ ing internal to hard It eventually leads to fatal organ New Braunfels Hope Hos pice care manager Cindy Beckwith said the disease has spread to Hopes heart and jlimps MANDY Hope Macias relaxes at her home in Seguin while her family plays games in the din ing Despite suffering from a lifethreatening Macias will marry her longtime boyfriend next without extensive Beckwith Roland said he felt helpless after his girlfriends diagno Though Hope told him he could leave at any he decided to stay with I was really Its not something you can pre pare he It just hap Hope said Valarie and Kristie were depressed and angry after their mothers All our dreams of what could have been were shat Hope That was what was hardest for all of Working for the future After Hope ended a diffi cult relationship with her childrens she decid ed to make a better life for her She began work ing full time while pursuing her bachelors degree at Texas She met a self describied while girls who knew him told me not to get with she I said Id give it a but he didnt call me back for a The other girls told me he was getting rid of his other Roland would not confirm if he was actually breaking up with another girl before he did say that he was looking for a and Hope seemed like a woman who he could start a new life I knew right away that she was Ive always tried to understand and I could understand right away that what she wanted was what I he I wanted to be I wanted something longterm and thats what I Hope said mat by the sec ond Roland was help ing with Kristie and Even a messy dinner situa tion wasnt enough to send him At one of the girls spilled her drink all over the Hope I pan icked more than he He just said it was Roland said he didnt mind dating a woman with chil dren because he grew up tak ing care of his nieces and swore nev er to date a man who already had I didnt want to deal with the whole stepmom situa she My first ques tion Do you have any kids Roland was not a He have to work to repair his reputation with The longest relationship I was in before this was one he When I took Hope to Christmas with my they were really sur My brother isnt this the same girl you how much the disease has spread riad totally different and the other 651 Business Suite 240 New Braunfels Marketplace 830 6253203 HOME FROM ABROAD The Oaks Shopping Center 1551 Walnut 6200213 Tuesday Saturday 106 SOLID WOOD FURNITURE HAND WOVEN BANANA LEAF SEA GRASS WATER HYACINTH REASONABLE PRICES We arc direct importers of quality furniture fmin Indonesia and Unique pieces you won tfind in ordinary furniture stores Dining Bar Wine Outdoor Original Painted Leather Flameless and the list goes on TBRLIOM HELPING NEW BRAUNFELS HEAR LIFE AGAIN estes v audiology HEARING CENTER Sonya FAAA Owner Licensed 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breakup was about a year right before Hopes health took a turn for the She contracted pneumonia but didnt know and lost feeling in the left side of her When Roland heard she was in the he tried to rush back to her I told him to but he wanted to Hope I told him when I first got sick that he did not have to stay with Kristie and Valerie also were hoping for life to get better after their mothers Hope said the family was living in poverty and she wanted so much to bring them into the middle My children wanted their own home with their own she That was basically what I was working and it didnt Kristie said she and Valerie ended up taking on a lot of unexpected Though Hope has a regular caretaker and help from Hos pice she still relies on her When shes in she needs us to help her and we have to help her hold Kristie Its pretty different than what other kids deal Hope said it took a while for her family to heal after her Even they struggle with feelings of sad ness and and truly my chil blamed God for a very long Hope They couldnt believe how much faith I Path of faith Hope said she gets her strong faith in God from her who helped raise her during After she was diagnosed with Hope and her daughters began attending church regularly at Living Waters Worship I believe a home is more happy when everyone par ticipates in Hope There are so many wonderful people that you meet that make you feel wanted and Kristie said she is in awe of her mothers faith and courage in the face of It makes us not have to worry because she Kristie Hope said that some fami ly members believe she was chosen by God to bear diffi cult One relative said she was chosen because she was the strongest of their Hope has experienced more than one brush with but she continues to hang on for her She is especially excited to see Kristie graduate from Seguin High School this At times when I felt like really giving Roland would You cant leave us Were not ready for you to she Within the last Roland started attending Hope said her involvement in church helped her decide that she wanted to get mar ried instead of continuing to living with After getting into I realized that I didnt like the way we were she Like many Roland said he doesnt completely understand the need for a big he said he doesnt expect any jitters because hes already made a lifelong commitment to his She wants a big and I told her I would give her that he But in my were married Oriental Rugs Are Our Floor Dryer Vent and Air Duct Carpet Furniture Also Rug Repairs Fringe Health Special Air Ducts Cleaned Dryer Vent Cleaned FREE 24 Fire and Water Restoration FREE ESTIMATES Aladdin 6067384 210 Trade Center liallh Icaninu Ior i DO YOU HAVE ASTHMA If you may qualify for a research study of an investigational medication to treat Qualified candidates must be at least 12 years of If you qualify for this you may receive at no cost to you Study related physical exam and laboratory tests f Investigational medication or placebo 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