“I have known Aimee since she was a little girl. She was one of those rare people at even a very young age who would light up a room just by walking into it. In a world that is in desperate need of light, she continues to bring light, even through suffering and grief. How is this possible? It is because of her life-long, tenacious belief in the truth of what Brennan Manning once wrote: ‘Being the Beloved is our identity, the core of our existence. It is not merely a lofty thought, an inspiring idea, or one name among many. It is the name by which God knows us.’ Aimee’s full embrace of her identity as God’s Beloved has been her life-line and source of light, as it can be yours.”
“I am humbled and honored to have been Dr. Aimee’s neurosurgeon since her early 20s. She is a wonderful person as well as a model patient in spite of having such a difficult diagnosis in such a challenging location of her brain. She has been brave beyond belief in how she has personally prepared for and recovered from her multiple surgeries over the years. She truly exemplifies the highest ideals of humanity by constantly showing by example in both words and actions that she cares about others more than herself. Her humble acceptance of her prognosis, with all the associated disappointments and appropriate grief, but also with gracious and loving insights to share, is truly remarkable.”
“I met Dr. Aimee Knauff five brain tumors and three kids ago. On paper, she was a student like me, but Dr. Aimee turned out to be one of the most important teachers I’ve had in this world. Short in stature and larger than life, her name became synonymous with the strength to continually get back up and keep going when we were classmates in medical school. Practical, no nonsense, sharp as a tack and knock-you-to-the-floor hilarious, Dr. Aimee has basically downloaded her extraordinary life, her 16 year journey with brain cancer and her unique approach to dying into this treasure of a book. Gift this story to your loved ones. There is medicine on every page.”
“I’m not sure if it’s her smile, her laughter or her wit that I love about her the most. It’s rare these days to find a woman so genuine and smart that she can quickly assess any situation with a profound analysis and a witty joke. With a smile that lights up a room, a heart as pure as gold, and tenacity as deep as the sea, my dear friend Dr. Aimee is a true treasure.”
“To be on the journey with someone when they encounter truth and learn to live in it is a precious gift. I had that opportunity backpacking with Aimee in the mountains of the Wind River Range. We were invited to give a name to our intimate relationship with God in the way we needed to hear it most; for Aimee that name was Beloved. There were many moments of struggle on the trail when I was able to remind her of the Truth - she was Beloved - just as she so often with her bright eyes and contagious smile would remind me of the same Truth. Beloved did not stay in the mountains as a memory but was now the true self in which Aimee was rooted. That Truth has shaped her experiences to not be that of defeat but of faithful living. May Aimee’s sharing of her journey be a gift to you and an invitation to give name to the Truth for yourself.”
“Medical school is challenging. Not only the load of study material that must be memorized, but the long hours and high pressure exams make it a daily emotional rollercoaster. Dr. Aimee was always the friend you could rely on to get around the drivel of it all. She helped keep you focused on what was important; getting through this grueling education program. Dr. Aimee was the friend you wanted to study and spend time with to get grounded and be prepared to take on the next day’s exams. With her beautiful smile, she has confidence, strength, courage, love, and perseverance that make her friends feel that everything is ok.
I am thankful that she helped me get through medical school, and by allowing me to be a part of her life’s journey and struggles, she continues to be an inspiration. God's lessons and gifts are presented to us daily through the people in our lives. I believe we are here to share our human form, voice, and touch to express our souls' experience for other souls to grow in unconditional love. The power of Dr. Aimee’s journey as a healer and teacher will forever bring comfort and strength for myself and others. I am honored to be even the slightest part of her courageous life story.”
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