Jamie is a beautiful 35 year-old woman who at the age of 25 was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. “Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure” (HDSA). Huntington’s causes uncontrolled movements, emotional problems, and loss of cognition. If you are unfamiliar with this disease, many people describe the symptoms of HD to be like having Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS -- simultaneously. Jamie has been traveling around with her mom, Pat, to tell her story about the radical love of Jesus, saving her from hopelessness amidst her critical condition. Sadly, Jamie is losing her ability to speak, her ability to travel and share her joyful story.
Coming face to face with her new reality, Jamie’s relationship with Jesus continues to grow. Her wish is to have something to leave behind that tells her story and brings hope to people around the world. Jamie wants to remind the world that no matter what your circumstances tell you, life is worth living. Her joy is infectious and we believe our world is in dire need of a story like this to break through the negativity that is so often pumped out into our media today. This is a story about a girl who in the face of life’s most crushing circumstances, gets up everyday with a smile on her face because she knows there is something to live for.
Last Spring, A Joyful Co. will be traveled to Jamie's home and filmed a documentary about her life and her story. A Joyful Co. wants the opportunity to tell the world, “Why She Smiles" through this film as well as bring awareness to Huntington's Disease.
We have designed this lovely little Choose Joy necklace and we will be donating 15% of every sale toward funding research to find a cure for thousands of people just like Jamie.
Through your purchase, not only will you have given to an amazing cause, but you will have your own constant reminder that joy is not found in our circumstances but in Christ alone. We don't get to choose what things we go through in this life, but we do get to choose HOW we go through it. Our prayer is that you, like Jamie, will choose joy.