And so it’s very peculiar. I can’t think of anyone who would want to have cancer, including myself, but the paradox is that so much love and caring has been directed towards me because of it. It’s pretty awesome to have that goodness and love—that grace—directed towards me. Like the rock stars say these days, “Feel the love.”
I feel it.
Sometimes there is doubt and fear but most of the time I feel love and grace. It’s certainly a sign to me of God’s healing at work, no matter the doctors’ scary research reports and terms like OS and PFS—there’s tremendous power in the grace.
I am so grateful to all who have been so kind, and these are the things I try to remember to think about when things get tough.
But it still sucks!
Anne Marie’s book contains two sets of stories.
Part 1 is the book Anne Marie wrote after she healed of serious multiple chemical sensitivities. This is the Anne Marie I met back when I owned a health food store in Bowie, Maryland. Anne Marie would shop in the store, always wearing a face mask to protect her from noxious fumes in the environment, always wearing a smile on her face, and always telling me something new she had learned along her journey. Anne Marie became one of the most committed organizers of the Bowie-Crofton Holistic Community when she cheerfully accepted responsibilities with coordinating our weekly seminar series and training our speakers to share their stories of healing and what has worked for them.
Part 2 is the book Anne Marie started but wasn’t able to finish. This part consists of the first chapter and unedited blogs she wrote over a 2-year span before she died of cancer in May 2012. Throughout Part 2, Anne Marie details the ups and downs of her journey with cancer. We have organized it by months, with monthly summaries that include the most salient quotes extracted from the blogs written during that month.
Throughout this book, you will find incredibly insightful and useful tidbits of theology & philosophy; and throughout this book, you will see how one mighty woman learned to dance between life’s polarities. Sometimes with ease and sometimes with difficulty, as Anne Marie notes, “We are each being called into our destiny, into why we are here. Our task is to learn how to live, truly live.”
Our editor, Clarence Johnson offers his comments about this book. Though he never met her, Clarence notes, “Anne Marie seems to be quite educated, street smart, eclectic, pithy, witty, spiritual, empathetic, loving, and tough--what a combination.”
Please click the PDF icon above to read an excerpt from Part 1. And if so inspired, please read the entire book because I believe that when you finish the book, you’ll agree with me that Anne Marie did indeed accomplish her destiny – learning how to live, truly live—and to share her life’s lessons with others. She is a way-shower, a healer and teacher to all of us.