Lisa Kay Goodwin was born on January 4, 1976, in Bryan, Texas to change the world of Mark and Kay (Brigman) Goodwin and anyone else who got close enough to to know her. Nothing was simple or easy for Lisa in the beginning of her life. From six months of severe colic, seizures at a year old, and losing her mother in 1979 to cancer; Lisa began a journey that would take every bit of bravery, endurance, flexibility, and hope.
In 1980, where her dad introduced Lisa to Debbie Salter, a young woman he was spending lots of tine with especially on the telephone; Lisa asked, "Daddy, is she going to marry us?" On Novemebver 8, she did. Debbie married Mark and Lisa. They each pledged their lives to one another to make life better by sharing the journey together. It was not to be an easy journey. A month after their wedding, Lisa was hospitalized for unexplained muscle weakness and finally diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Relieved, they went home bringing that it was just "something to live with." Unfortunately, it was just the tip of the iceberg. Learning problems surfaced early and she struggled through school, special education, special school placements that required bussing her to other locations. High school graduation was a summit celebration in 1996. School problems were only one layer of Lisa's complex make-up. More physical complications followed. Heart surgery to replace two valves following a life-threatening heart infection, two hip replacements, three knee surgeries all introduced the scary implications because of anesthesia. Every time Lisa demonstrated her stubborn perseverence and proved to her doctors that "she was not the China doll everyone feared she was."
In 2008 she began to experience eye issues that continued to escalate and endangered her vision. She became legally blind, learned to use a mobility cane and other resources for the visually impaired. Multiple eye procedures, serum drops made for her own blood serum did not prevent irreparable damage to her cornea. Eventually, she received two cornea transplants that required sewing her eye shut to enhance healing. They returned vision to 20-200, just enough to see shapes, color, and images on TV if she sat close enough.
To say that Lisa has had a difficult life is an understatement. But ask Lisa about her life and she would tell you about her love for color, art, country music, Brooklyn Tabernacle, and dancing. She would tell you about her family and friends, her church and her ministry of encouragement by sending homemade cards. She would tell you that she's traveled the world land visited different time periods through audio books.
Lisa almost never complains. Count up the losses in her life and then see her smile her way into a room, catch you off guard with her wit, humble you with her simple, tenacious faith, and you will know why Lisa touches so many with so little.
Now, Lisa's heart, her big, generous, sensitive, simple heart is failing and all attempts to stabilize or reverse this process are not working. As Lisa is released from her third hospitalizing on July 11, she will go home on hospice to begin a journey that will lead to her complete healing with the Father who loves her so much that He created no one else quite like her.
We know that many have a part of Lisa. There are churched friends from four states, family spread through Georgia, North Caroline, Indianapolis, and Missour. For that reason we welcome the opportunity to share our journey using CaringBridge. We pray that by sharing it, we can encourage each other in whatever journey we are on and let Lisa's story remind us all that there is only one reason to persevere and that is to finish the race. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. You are our cheerleaders.