Ann Cornfield was a teacher, a writer, an adventurer. She was also a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a grandmother. When first diagnosed with cancer, she underwent surgery, radiation, and eventual recovery, resulting in a remission that lasted 18 years. When her cancer returned, she used every option available to her in fighting it, including Western medicine, alternative therapies, experimental treatments, as well as meditation, psychological introspection, anger, love, and hope. Once she knew that she would lose the fight, she used what was perhaps her strongest suit: her writing. She began composing ‘meditations,’ and planned 1000 such entries, to tell her tale and help others cope with the devastation of cancer. In doing so, she has written a compelling narrative exploring how one successfully lasts in a long-term marriage, how one is a dutiful daughter to complex parents, how one tries to heal family divisions, and finally, how one dies. She has written a spiritual primer on how one lives, and how one leaves. Even when running out of time, she never compromised her artistic integrity. The Light contained within her soul had been shattered by disease. Shards of Light: Reflections on Cancer is her gift to us.
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Ann Cornfield was born in Virginia and made her home for most of her life in Nederland, Colorado, where she had a long career as a teacher. She also spent decades writing fiction, with the dream of one day being published. Retiring to Santa Fe with her husband of 27 years, Bud Gidday, she created a new life while at the same time fighting the disease that had been held at bay for over a decade. Shards of Life: Living with Cancer is her final writing, and her legacy.
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