Martin, an unpaid volunteer administrative assistant at Living Word Church on 25th Street, said she still believes in miracles. She shared her testimony during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to encourage others in their faith.
“Anybody can have a miracle,” she said.
The beginning of her first miracle was rooted on a snowy winter day while her mother was in the early stages of pregnancy.
“During the wintertime, there was a real bad snowstorm, and she fell,” Martin said of her mother. “She went to the hospital and they did X-rays on her. When they came back in, they apologized because they didn’t know my mother was pregnant.”
Her mother had had several miscarriages before that and denied she was pregnant then. However, medical staff insisted she was in the early stages.
“When I was born, everything was fine, but by the time I was 3, I started having seizures and they couldn’t figure out why. They put me on medication and I was fine for awhile,” Martin said.
By age 7, the bones in Martin’s right ankle had deteriorated from an unknown cause.
“They couldn’t figure out what had happened to me,” she said. “They took me to specialists. No one could figure out what happened and they were going to amputate my foot.”
As a last resort, she was sent to the Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where doctors put a cast on her leg. There was no real expectation for a positive outcome, but at least the progression could be measured.
“They did all these tests on me, put the cast on me and when I went back, it was totally healed,” she said. “It had grown back. It was perfect.”
She was told there could be as much as a 2-inch difference between the lengths of her left and right legs.
“They put me in corrective shoes for two years,” Martin said.
Doctors cautioned the family that the shoes might not help.
“But we’re trusting the Lord in this the whole time, praying, ‘Lord, what do we do?’” she said. Medicine and miracles work together. “What Shriner’s found out was that most of these things happening to me were from the radiation from the X-rays.”
But, on a subsequent annual checkup, her legs were perfectly even.
“Even the doctors said that doesn’t happen, but I believe the Lord truly helped me throughout the process,” she said.
At 10, her back was deformed into the shape of a backward “S” from scoliosis. She faced probable surgery that promised little relief. On top of that, she was diagnosed with spina bifida.
“He said it’s not real bad, but you’ll have it the rest of your life,” she said.
That’s what the doctors said, but she remembers walking out of the hospital thinking she would be obedient, do as instructed and pray for the Lord to heal her.
“I went back, probably within the year, and my back was perfectly straight and I no longer had spina bifida,” she said.
While miracles and medicine work sometimes work in tandem, the two clashed 12 years later when Sandi, then 22, was pregnant with her first daughter. Everything was fine until the ninth month, when the obstetrician classified her as high risk because of the spina bifida and scoliosis.
“I know longer have that,” Martin protested.
But the doctor informed her those two conditions never disappeared.
“I told him the Lord healed me,” she said. “I did what the doctors told me to do, but the Lord healed me.”
An MRI revealed there were no openings in her back.
“Through all of that, it’s the Lord who has brought me through the different things,” she said.
Martin has been married to Darrell, who lost his first wife to cancer, for 15 years. Together, they are raising a blended family of two sons and two daughters. They have three grandchildren.
When asked why God chose her, she simply replied, “He chose us all.”