To the community I call home,

Thomasville has blessed me beyond measure. I have been overwhelmed and surrounded with love in various forms: phone calls, cards, thoughts, visits, donations and  prayers.

Most recently to Melanie Byerly & Joey Hedrick, along with the  cast and crew of Project Provision, I say WOW!

Words can't even come close to express what I felt on Aug. 24 and continue to feel daily in response to the outpouring of compassion for me and my family.

My prayer is that everyone present experienced as great of a blessing that I felt. My journey is not complete, nor is my battle won. However, I am confident that I am going to survive. Be prepared to see my face back behind the counter at Monkeez Brew in the near future!

Thank you to everyone! I am blessed and loved. I love you al1.

Mindi Swaney

Editor's Note: Daniel Kennedy wrote a story about the community event and Mindi's journey. View this story at