What went through your mind when you first learned you had bone cancer?
Paige Armstrong: We were told I had a mass on my leg that could be cancer and needed to have a biopsy. I heard the words "hospital" and "surgery" and thought, Man, that's going to STINK. Little did I know! When I got home that afternoon, my family sat with me, cried over me and held me. They knew what this could mean, but I had absolutely no idea. One day I was a normal little girl, and the next day I woke up in a hospital bed with tubes connected to me, losing my hair.
Did faith play a role in your treatment and recovery?
Armstrong:Absolutely. At a point when everything else in my life was stripped away, faith was all I had. As much as the doctors, nurses, family, and friends were taking care of me, they couldn't heal me. After I got past thinking God was punishing me, I started to understand a deeper side of his love. He was the only thing that carried me through.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation helped you fulfill a dream. Tell me about that.
Armstrong: I had heard about Make-A-Wish from my nurses and friends in the hospital. I began to dream about making my own wish! My parents and I came up with the idea of going to Nashville to record a professional CD. A year later [when Paige was 13], my parents and I were sent to Nashville from Pennsylvania to record my very own CD!
I had my own producer, engineer, musicians, back up singers—the works! Each musician was a professional that treated me like one of them. It was so God-orchestrated.
Did you ever think that "dream" demo session, covering Twila Paris songs, would turn into a rock/punk record of your own?
Armstrong: I certainly dreamed! After battling my illness, Twila's song "The Warrior Is A Child" became ...1
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Introducing ... Paige Armstrong
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