Film shares woman’s cancer journey

Marissa Freyling at a horse at Equest Center in "A Life Rewritten."
Marissa Freyling at a horse at Equest Center in "A Life Rewritten."

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) A West Michigan woman is sharing her story of cancer and recovery in a new film called “A Life Rewritten.”

Marissa was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia as a teenager. She underwent a bone marrow transplant and other surgeries and treatments, including a hip replacement.

Our Daily Bread contacted Freyling about their desire to tell her story. The organization made the film “A Life Rewritten,” which is available to rent, download, or buy online.

Freyling is now finishing her Master’s Degree in counseling at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She is also the Volunteer Coordinator at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. She started there as a volunteer to combine her love of horses and to give back.

The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford provides therapy on horseback for people with physical, mental, social and emotional disabilities. The Equest Center’s individualized program is based on each rider’s needs and strengths. They work in conjunction with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech teachers, teachers, and parents to coordinate with their goals. They help kids who are learning to talk, walk, gain balance, learn how to focus, and feel better about themselves.

Equest Center welcomes volunteers of all ages. To learn more about volunteering opportunities, click here.

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