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A heartfelt thank you from Leslie Hoefle

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To the editor:

This is certainly an overdue note of my sincere appreciation for all those who have humbled me with their generosity, prayed for me, sent positive thoughts and notes of encouragement!

This year yielded a diagnosis of recurrent breast cancer which resulted in a double mastectomy followed by a pancreatic cancerous tumor which was removed in a traditional “Whipple” procedure. My surgeons labeled me the “poster child” for the Whipple surgery because release from the hospital was day 7 instead of day 15, which would be a typical stay, and my overall healthy condition following. Technically, I should be “cancer free” and I am currently working hard toward a full recovery.

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The reinforcement of the love and connection with this Community as well as family and friends (near/far) has truly been a blessing in seeing me through the most difficult time of my life. Everyone's collective efforts gave me a calm, peaceful mind and strength approaching and up to the minute of the difficult surgeries. Recalling everyone who let me know they were praying and pulling for me removed any and all fear!

I will forever be in a constant state of indebtedness for the support of so many by way of gifts, flowers, texts, cards, conversations and for those who took the time to ask for mercy and grace on my behalf. Thank you!

Leslie Hoefle

[Posted August 16, 2018]

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