Below is an inspiring email that I got from my great Auntie Evelyn. It's funny how I get these emails just when I need them.
Dear children, nieces and grand niece,
You know that I have been doing genealogical research of our family for many years. To help me with this I became a member of the New England Historical Genealogical Society, the oldest genealogical society in the USA. One of the perks of membership is receiving their very nice quarterly magazine. The winter edition just arrived.
Imagine my surprise upon opening this magazine to discover an article entitled Lucy Thurston, Missionary Wife. Lucy was my great great grandmother, a member of the first company of missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands. She is your great great great grandmother and Amy, she is your great great great great grandmother. The article recounts the salient points of her life. Lucy was a real survivor.
She has been a great influence in my life. When I found out I had breast cancer I reread the account she wrote of her breast cancer surgery. I thought well, if Lucy could come through a mastectomy performed with her sitting up in a chair (no hospital operating room) and without anaesthesia, then what did I have to fear in this modern age--my surgery would be a snap!
We should all be proud of bearing Lucy's DNA in our genes.
Love, your Mom and your Auntie Evelyn