By Ann Hammond, 3.30.22
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As Les faced major surgery for ampullary cancer, you may wonder how I could feel grateful. Well, I was thankful that it was early stage, there was a surgery to remove the cancer, his surgeon was experienced and personable, and we lived near the hospital. What also gave us comfort was being in a faith community and having family and friends who began praying for us and the surgical team before we knew the surgery date.

I have often wondered how people face difficult situations if they don’t have the support of a faith community. I am blessed because my family and friends are also part of our extended faith community. I can rejoice because I am not alone at this difficult time and so many are praying for me.

The song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from the musical, “Carousel,” has been a favorite of mine for years. It reminds us: “When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high; and don’t be afraid of the dark.” It further says, “walk on through the wind; walk on through the rain; though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.” And, “At the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark.” This song reminds me that in difficult times, God is always with us!

The fact my faith community, family, and friends love and support me reminds me we are never alone. This gave me a sense of peace as we faced cancer surgery and has comforted me in the days since Les’s passing. I know I am not alone on this journey! God is with me!