"Honey, you’ve been very ill and they’ve had to amputate …” His voice cracked. I searched his face, looking for some kind of clue to tell me why I sensed so much pain from him and in me. “… Your hands and feet.”

Those were the first words that Cyndi Desjardins Wilkens husband spoke when she awoke from being in a coma for almost six weeks. 

Cyndi Desjardins Wilkens was a successful business manager, working in product and sales as well as marketing management. She had also just given birth to her son when necrotizing fasciitis (otherwise known as flesh-eating disease) entered her life and altered it forever.

"I was rushed to hospital with what I thought was the flu. When I arrived, the doctors told my husband that I wouldn't survive the night," said Desjardins Wilkens   

The necrotizing fasciitis attacked her right leg and eventually spread until she went septic. This left her in a coma for almost six weeks. 

When she awoke from that coma her life had changed forever, she had become a quadruple amputee with both hands and both feet amputated to save her life. 

As she grappled with the challenges of an unknown future, Cyndi was left with a question; Why did God allow this to happen to her? And furthermore, could she ever be whole again?

Today on Connections, Cyndi shares her story, how life has changed for her family and how this experience has deepened her faith.