Dy­ing wo­man sells for faith and fam­ily

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

As a Toko­roa pen­sioner comes to terms with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness she’s let­ting al­most ev­ery­thing go.

That’s ex­cept for the two things that re­main im­por­tant to her; faith and fam­ily.

Anne Bishop was di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness, which she didn’t want to go into de­tails about, four months ago and has been given no set time for how long she has left.

Feel­ing her days are num­bered she has de­cided to sell al­most ev­ery­thing she owns to be closer to fam­ily and so she can also grow closer to God through her Catholic faith.

‘‘My con­di­tion is not op­er­a­ble, it would not be safe, which stuns you at first but I have come to terms with it which you have to do,’’ she said.

‘‘I have been pray­ing an aw­ful lot more since I was di­ag­nosed and I just feel my days are num­bered. I will be see­ing Our Lord sooner than I ex­pected so I have de­cided to have a garage sale.’’

So on April 22 and April 23 at 9am a full house­hold garage sale will be held at the South Waikato Pa­cific Is­lands Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Hall at 1 Marae­tai Rd.

Bishop said she is not look­ing for sym­pa­thy and doesn’t want peo­ple to come just be­cause they feel sorry for her, she just feels it is some­thing she needs to do.

‘‘I have seven adult chil­dren, three in New Zealand and four in Aus­tralia, who say they will look af­ter me. I want to be around them so they can hold me but I’m also want­ing to get a few pen­nies

‘‘I will be see­ing Our Lord sooner than I ex­pected so I have de­cided to have a garage sale.’’ Anne Bishop

in the bank be­cause I don’t want to be com­pletely de­pen­dent on them as they all have their own liveli­hoods and fam­i­lies,’’ she said.

While she ini­tially ques­tioned why God was al­low­ing her to die she said she is not an­gry.

‘‘I pray to Our Lord, I say my rosary, and I know by at­tend­ing mass and hav­ing spir­i­tual com­mu­nion when I can’t at­tend mass that I am re­ceiv­ing lots of graces and bless­ings,’’ she said.

‘‘I have a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with Our Lord and I thank him be­cause he has given me this time to pre­pare whereas a lot of peo­ple have just been go­ing about their lives when they have fallen down and died.’’

‘‘Ev­ery day is a bless­ing and by the time I have shared all the graces and bless­ings Our Lord gives me out into the world hope­fully there will be a lit­tle bit left for me,’’ she said.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIRFAX NZ

Dy­ing Toko­roa pen­sioner Anne Bishop finds strength through her Catholic faith as she pre­pares to sell al­most ev­ery­thing she owns.

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