In January 2016, Amy Warlick, age 28, heard the one word from her doctor that no one ever wants to hear, CANCER. Amy had been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Her diagnosis came several months after a cyst was found on her breast. Five days after she had been told this devastating news, she learned she was expecting her second child. The cyst, tissue and a lymph node were removed, and Warlick was told the cancer had spread outside of the duct walls. She had a single mastectomy on the right side, and 11 lymph nodes were removed. Six were positive for cancer. On April 4, Amy began her 18 week regiment of chemo treatments and understood these 7 rounds of chemo would not affect the baby. Amy was admired by many people in the community for her love of animals, especially dogs. She worked at Foothills Animal Clinic for many years before owning Pawsitively Perfect Dog Spa. Amy and her family were members of Floyd’s Creek Baptist Church, and a 2005 graduate of East Rutherford High School.
Every day Amy and Jeremy celebrated her life and blessings of their family. On September 21, the entire community waited the results of the PET scans and planned to rejoice in the news that cancer was gone. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The PET scan revealed the spread of cancer to her liver, spine, hips, and pelvis. And a follow-up MRI also revealed cancer had spread to her brain. Following the scans, Amy continued treatments while raising a new healthy baby boy, Graham. Amy and her family traveled to Chapel Hill multiple times, Asheville, Gastonia, and even to MD Anderson in Houston. The Stage IV cancer was just too aggressive in the end.
Amy Warlick passed away early Monday morning, May 15, 2017 at her residence in Bostic, NC after a fierce battle with Breast Cancer. On Friday, May 19, 2017 hundreds of people entered Floyd’s Creek Baptist Church to celebrate the woman who left her mark on so many people.
Amy’s husband Jeremy, walked into the church carrying their son Easton along with Amy’s mom, carrying baby Graham, who likely won’t remember the woman who had battled cancer while carrying him. Amy’s father stated, “Amy put up the best fight of any girl I have ever seen in my life.”