In February 2011, Cyndi was home on maternity leave with her 5-year-old daughter and three-month-old son. After an emergency hospital visit with her sick baby son, Cyndi became ill with what she was told was a very bad flu - high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, accompanied by a severe pain in her right leg.
Too weak to get to the car, she was taken by ambulance to the hospital. In critical condition, she presented in renal failure and septic shock. The doctor on staff informed her husband, Marc, that she would not make it through the night. Cyndi was put into a medically induced coma. Over the next few nights, Cyndi's husband and her parents were called into the hospital several times to say goodbye. After a few days, they diagnosed her with necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease). Cyndi was in a coma for five weeks as she fought for her life. She had kidney, liver, respiratory, and heart failure. She was eventually transferred to a trauma hospital for surgery, and awoke to find that her hands and feet had been amputated.
During the nearly six months she spent in acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, she learned to perform everyday tasks. When she was released and allowed to go home, the marathon truly began.
Back where everything was familiar, and yet so much had changed, she was able to start the process of recapturing the hearts of her children. In the first year of her recovery, she would learn to swim and drive again. Today, Cyndi is a wife, and a “hands-on” mother of two. She has spoken across North America of her journey and shares her story and God’s redeeming presence in Shine On.