Happy 3rd Birthday, Amelia!

Amelia Marie Ivy – Born 6:08 a.m. December 9, 2014
7 pounds 7.5 ounces     20.25 inches long

Granddaughter #3, Amelia Marie, decided we had waited enough and took her place on the world stage Tuesday, December 9, 2014. She almost made it to my birthday.

I have already created an album for her in Mark’s Book of Memories from the photos Dave and Anna have shared on Facebook with family and friends.

Now a few of Amelia through this second year:

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier. I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud; two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side. On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning. I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years. I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems. Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.