We are blessed with congregants at Chizuk Amuno who define the true essence and meaning of courage combined with faith. One of those individuals is Anne King. If you don’t recognize the name you will recognize her face. For many devoted years she has steadfastly coordinated and directed the highly successful Sisterhood Gift Shop at Chizuk Amuno Congregation.
What you may not know is the deeper and more intimate person.
With her permission I submit the overwhelming evidence encapsulated in a recent email:
“You asked me weeks ago to write down how I feel about my experience with cancer. Our conversation began with your asking me how I was feeling both physically and emotionally.
It has been a most difficult 2 years. I have had to deal with the decline of my parents health and been forced to take on responsibilities I never wanted. I’ve had to watch my child deal with her own fight with cancer. That was the most difficult. I’m a control freak who had no control over that crisis. But I learned that this young woman was the strongest, bravest, most amazing person I know. I am so proud of how she handled her struggle. She was and continues to be my inspiration.
I believe I answered your question something like “this has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything”. I am 2/3rds finished my chemo treatments and I still think this has been an incredible experience. Mostly because I have learned so much about myself and the people that have affected my life. I have learned the importance of positive thinking. I have learned the importance of a sense of humor. I have really learned how to put things in their proper perspective. I have learned patience. I have truly seen and experienced so much goodness and love from so many wonderful people. It’s the love from my family and friends that has given me the strength that has carried me through these 2 years. I can’t help but feel very blessed.
I know I will be fine both physically and mentally when my journey through cancer is finished. I look forward to that day, but hope I will always carry the lessons learned with me.”