“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.”

Cyndi was a successful business manager, working in product and sales and marketing management, and a new mom when necrotizing fasciitis (otherwise known as flesh eating disease) entered her life, and altered it forever.  She awoke after five weeks of battling this disease, to find her hands and feet had been amputated in an effort 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?

Cyndi Desjardins Wilkens is an author, international speaker, wife, and mom. She has a heart for sharing her story with audiences in hopes that her transparency will be a light for others facing an otherwise dark situation.

Winner of the 2017 Word Alive Women’s Journey of Faith publishing contest, Shine On is the compelling true story of a quadruple amputee’s remarkable journey to wholeness.



'In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.' Matthew 5:16