It is probably a little odd to see a journalist take the camera off his neck and his fingers off the keyboard to express his own feelings. But in a case like this I cannot help but to do so.
When I moved back to Barnesville Anne was one of the first people I met. From the moment we were introduced I have never been in her presence when she was not smiling, laughing, or just being a genuinely nice person.
Esophageal cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor of the esophagus, the muscular tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach.
After doing some research I found out that esophageal cancer is relatively uncommon in the United States, and occurs most often in men over 50 years old. It affects less than 5 in 100,000 people.
I have no doubt that with the strong will I have seen in Anne combined with the love and support of her family and community that she will defeat this enemy.
Anne, if you read this, my personal prayers are being sent out for you. May God bless you and keep you comforted.
Ms. Anne was one of the first people I met when I moved to Barnesville, she made my family and I feel very welcome. She is always eager to help when she can and honest enough to tell you when she can not. I spoke with her earlier this week and I had no idea she was sick.
Ms Anne, you will be remembered on many Prayer lists throughout the county and I know that with God's help you will beat this thing.
I too have very fond thoughts of Ann.
Who hasn't moved to this area and met Ann and thought to themselves, "If everyone is this nice, I'm going to love living here!"
God bless you Ann, my prayers are with you.