Parker County Today December 2017 - Page 16

14 cially through that first year. They’ve become close, personal friends. They’re a blessing to Parker County.” It’s hard to say why she responded so well to her treatment. She’s a natu- rally positive individual, she bonded closely with her medical team, especially Dr. Young and her breast surgeon, Dr. Amy Gunter. But perhaps one of the strongest driving forces behind her overcoming attitude and determination is mother- hood. “My children need a mother,” she said.  Certainly her motherly instincts and the positive chemotherapy expe- rience buoys Stevens up, but another source provides respite from the storm. As she and her husband, Steve, operate Stevens’ Natural Horsemanship — a Parker County enterprise dedicated to develop- ing relationships between people and horses — she had an avenue of escape … actually, engagement. “In addition to my family, there are two things that have sustained me: being able to get away from everything while riding and training horses and the great confidence I have in my doctors,” Stevens said.  “When I’m working with horses, I have to fully commit my mind and body to completely connect with the horse. And to do that, I have to live in the moment, which leaves no time to worry about my battle with cancer… .” Stevens said she and her husband simply fell in love with Young. “Her confidence is huge,” said Stevens. “You don’t doubt her for a second. She’s very thorough and warm and comforting.” From their first meeting, Stevens knew she had to go to Young for treatment. “Amanda is an inspiration to me,” said Young, “as are all my patients. She is a beautiful young woman with a handsome husband and two lovely children. She was on a cutting-edge new regimen of cancer-fighting drugs. I’m glad I was able to offer it to her.” Stevens gained another friend through her ordeal — breast surgeon Gunter.  “She is my hero,” Stevens said. “She performed my double mastec- tomy.” Through their mutual inter- est and love of horses they forged a strong bond.  Today, the two women remain close friends.  When PCT first interviewed Amanda almost four years ago, she knew she was embarking upon a “long hard road,” and had “quite a way to go.” Today, her blonde hair has grown back; it cascades past her shoulders and she has the radiant glow of a happy, serene woman. Convinced horseback riding is good medicine, Stevens and her husband are working with Careity to develop an equestrian program t