About this blog, and Marie, and Anna…
Nine years ago, Marie was diagnosed with cancer. She struggled with the challenges of it but always seemed to come up on the side of lightness, hope, serendipity, and faith. For the later part of those nine years, she created this Blog, Adventures in Spiritual Living.
In December of 2016, Marie passed away, a bright light to the end. Years before, and again in her final days, she asked me if I would write a final blog post on her behalf. And from that notion, an idea was born: What if I wrote multiple blog posts, perhaps one each month in the first year after her passing? Posts about her, and what she had to offer so many of us! An extension and celebration of the community she had created around her…
With Marie’s blessing, her blog and her legacy continues. She has entrusted me with this honor, and for any who care to come along, I invite you to know how lucky I feel to have known and loved Marie. I want to share with you how healing it has been for me to begin writing these blogs, as an act of reverence, healing and in honor of something Marie deeply revered: the joy of expression.
Below are her welcoming words, written from a place of hope and possibility, not long before she passed away. In the end, I believe the life we live is measured in the love we give, the wisdom we share, and in our willingness to face whatever is placed on the path before us with courage and the ability to keep reaching, keep connecting, and to keep following that path wherever it may lead.
Here’s to Marie! And to any of you who choose to make this journey forward with me.
~Anna Huckabee Tull
Thank you for reading. You are touching my heart and helping to carry me on my journey, as well as strengthening the connections we have as human beings here on Earth.
Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. As I write this, I am gratefully living with it.
I am a 54-year-old (woo hoo!) mother of two boys, ages 13 and 10. I am married to a wonderful man and together, we have a nice, normal life filled with school activities, creative endeavors, family, friends, a dog and more blessings than I ever dreamed.
I am also living with “random” happenings in my life, convincing me that I am truly not alone, and that God is present and taking care of each of us every step of the way.
I deeply believe that there are many wonderful paths in this life, including ones that do not involve religion. Wherever you come from, regardless of faith or personal beliefs, we are connected to each other and to God if we want to be.
This blog is about the wonder and power of these connections in my life, and my attempts to listen when God speaks. I hope that it helps you to experience those connections in your life as well, and helps you to move forward.
You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.
I wish you great love, deep peace, and God’s blessings, always. And a good laugh today, to go with it all!
Love and blessings,
P.S. Though I do not feel like I define myself by cancer, I have to admit that dealing with it has been a turning point in my life. So, if you are looking for more background on me, try these articles on the WBUR CommonHealth Blog describing:
- the day that I first discovered that the cancer had returned.
- when I was told that I should expect chemo as a way of life.
- my point of view on working with palliative care doctors.
- some of the changes I experienced after my diagnosis.
- how cancer changed my perception of time.
- a storytelling initiative that felt immensely healing.
- my experience with different palliative care providers