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Cancer clarity: Ann Teberg and Arusha

The cancer survivors I have met and interviewed over the years usually tell me that cancer was a great clarifier. They were able to focus on things that mattered more in the long run, at least in their opinion and in their lives.

A woman I profiled in my Sunday story, Ann Teberg, is one of the best examples yet.

She traveled to Tanzania, fell in love with the people and the culture and knew she had to return for a deeper comnmitment.

She will. Ann will leave soon to spend three months in Arusha, Tanzania. She'll bring books for the children and solar lamps to read them by in her project she's calling Read With Me, Arusha!

Ann, now 53, said:

 “Life-threatening illnesses change your knowledge of what’s important in life. The length of time we have, nobody knows. I can’t wait until I’m 67 to do this, because I don’t have a clue if I’ll still be here.”

(S-R photo by Jesse Tinsley)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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