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