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Amanda Reed: Plagued by Parasites

Amanda Reed's severe stomach pains baffled doctors and derailed her life until a prayer on TV caught her attention. Read Transcript


I NEVER FELD IT BEFORE.

IT DIDN'T FEEL LIKE THE

FLU.

IT WAS SOMETHING SO BIZARRE

TO ME.

IT IS SOMETHING I COULDN'T

EXPLAIN AND IT STARTLED ME.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

AMANDA REEVES WAS 15, SHE

HAD HER SHARE OF STOMACH

PAINS, BUT HER MOTHER,

SALLY, I WAS CONCERNED.

WE JUST DECIDED TO WEIGHT

IT OUT.

TO SEE IF IT WOULD GO AWAY

LIKE ANY FLU OR BUG OR

WHATEVER IT WAS.

AND IT DIDN'T.

IT FULLY PROGRESSED INTO

GETTING WORSE.

Reporter: THEIR FAMILY

DOCTOR FOUND NOTHING WRONG.

SO HE SENT AMANDA TO A

GASTRO ENTEROLOGIST.

HE WOULD SAY IT IS

I.B.S., WHICH IS AN UMBRELLA

DIAGNOSIS OVER A LOT OF

DIFFERENT ILLNESSES.

HE DID TAKE TESTS FOR CELIAC

DISEASE AND OTHER DISEASES

THAT MAKE THE TUMMY FEEL

LIKE THAT, BUT ALL OF THEM

CAME OUT NEGATIVE.

Reporter: DOCTORS

PRESCRIBED NUMEROUS

MEDICATIONS, BUT NONE OF

THEM WORK.

IT WAS SO DEBILITATING, SHE

EVENTUALLY HAD TO DROP OUT

OF SCHOOL.

I TRIED AS HARD I COULD,

BUT THE THING ABOUT GOING TO

SCHOOL IS THEY DEMAND YOU

HAVE TO BE THERE A CERTAIN

AMOUNT OF TIME.

EVEN IF YOUR HOMEWORK IS

GOOD, YOU STILL HAVE TO BE

THERE.

FINALLY I HAD TO CUT MY

LOSSES AND QUIT.

SHE WAS IN PAIN AND IT

WAS NOT NORMAL.

BUT WE'RE GOING TO THE

DOCTORS, AND WE'RE GOING

THREE HOURS TO A DOCTOR OVER

AND OVER, AND STILL NO

ANSWERS.

Reporter: THE PAIN

LASTED THREE YEARS.

THERE WERE DAYS AMANDA

WANTED TO GIVE UP.

AND IT WAS JUST LIKE,

GOD, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE

MY SUPPORT.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.

COULDN'T I JUST BE WITH YOU

INSTEAD.

I OFTEN WOULD JUST PRAY,

LORD, LET ME GET INTO AN

ACCIDENT, DO SOMETHING

QUICK, SO I WOULDN'T HAVE TO

DEAL WITH THIS ANYMORE.

SO I WOULDN'T HAVE TO HAVE

ALL OF THIS PAIN BECAUSE

RIGHT NOW I DON'T HAVE A

LIFE.

AND HE WAS JUST TELLING ME

THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GOING

TO BE OKAY.

DON'T WORRY.

I'M HERE.

Reporter: ONE DAY SHE

CAUGHT THE END OF "THE 700

CLUB" ON TV.

I HAD NEVER HEARD OF "THE

700 CLUB."

NEVER WATCHED IT.

Pat: THERE IS SOMEBODY

WHO HAS A VERY SERIOUS

INTESTINAL -- I THINK IT IS

LIKE PARASITES.

YOU'VE JUST BEEN GOING CRAZY

WITH DIARRHEA.

GOD, RIGHT NOW, IS

DESTROYING THE PARASITES.

IN THE NAME OF JESUS, YOU'LL

FEEL LIKE FIRE IN THE

ABDOMINAL AREA.

ALL OF A SUDDEN I STARTED

FEELING THIS BURNING IN MY

STOMACH, LIKE I WAS ON FIRE,

BUT LION , LIKE, IN A GOOD

WAY.

I FELT THE LORD WASH OVER ME

I STARTED CRYING, IT WAS SO

STRONG.

ALL OF A SUDDEN THE BURNING

STOPPED AND THERE WAS NO

PAIN.

Reporter: DOCTORS NEVER

TESTED FOR INTESTINAL

PARASITES, BUT THEY WERE,

INDEED, THE SOURCE OF

AMANDA'S AILMENT.

ONCE THEY PASSED THROUGH HER

SYSTEM, SHE WAS BACK TO

ENJOYING LIFE.

I HAD BEEN IN PAIN

PHYSICALLY EVERY HOUR OF

EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY

FOR THREE YEARS.

I HAD COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN

WHAT BEING PAIN-FREE WAS

LIKE.

AND I HAD NO PAIN.

Reporter: TODAY AMANDA

IS FINISHING SCHOOL AND

PLANS TO GO TO COLLEGE.

HER FAMILY IS THANKFUL FOR

GOD'S HEALING TOUCH.

I WAS SO GRATEFUL THAT,

ONCE AGAIN, GOD LOVES US

THAT MUCH THAT HE WOULD SAVE

US FROM SUCH A TERRIBLE,

TERRIBLE ENDEAVOR.

WITHOUT HIM, I WOULDN'T

HAVE SURVIVED.

THERE WAS NO WAY.

HE HELD ME UP.

HE LITERALLY CARRIED ME

THROUGH EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I'M GOING TO DEDICATE EVERY

OUNCE OF THE REST OF MY LIFE

FOR THE LORD.

JUST EVERY OUNCE.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT I

HAVE TO SACRIFICE BECAUSE HE

SAVED MY LIFE.

AND EVERY OUNCE OF IT

BELONGS TO HIM.

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