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My Story

I am very sorry to report that Ana passed away last night (Monday, September 5) around 6:00. Please see the journal below for an update from Loras. Feel free to post your thoughts and prayers.

Below is a letter from Ana (Click 'Read Story' below).



August 4, 2005

Dear Friends,

The shocking news of having stage IV pancreatic cancer left Loras and I in a state of confusion, sadness, and feeling somehow hopeless. Reality is sometimes so cruel that we forget that there is something beyond logical explanations. It is in this spiritual realm, far away from reality, where we really find hope. I have struggled trying to find what would be hope for me in this case. I have lived every single moment since I remember with all the passion and energy that probably most of you know me for. Each of you has been in my life making it enjoyable, challenging, and worth living. I wanted you to know about my condition and where I am right now because I couldn’t imaging leaving you out of my life in this moment that I feel so vulnerable and so lost. You may think that my obsession with teamwork couldn’t be left out of a situation like this. Actually, I wanted you to know that it never occurred to me what was going to happen.

I have been touched, deeply, by all your messages of hope, visits, cards, your good wishes, the beautiful flowers, and delicious fruit that I have received. Each of you has not only made me aware of how much you care about me, but also how something that I said or did made a difference. All the messages came across with such a power that suddenly I have seen hope in an unexpected way. Thanks to you, I realize that I am my own hope, and the gift of who I am has to prevail regardless of this unfortunate situation. As I get ready to go through this journey, I welcome your help since I won’t be able to do it by myself. Help me pray for strength and the joy of a miracle, which I am sure is going to be a lot of work. Oh, well, that seems to be Ana’s way.

At this time we are still deciding on the route of treatment, but I will let you all know.

Let’s keep in touch,

Ana Lilly

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Funeral Notice Alvarez-Holmberg Ana L. Alvarez-Holmberg, age 46, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 5 from cancer. Survived by husband and soulmate, ... Read more

Rosa Maria Alvarez Diaz signed Ana's Guestbook.

Querida familia Es dificil expresar con palabras los sentimientos que nos ha producido la partida de nuestra querida primita, su recuerdo siempre estará en nuestra ... Read more

karla roeder signed Ana's Guestbook.

Sr.Alberto y Sra. Auvina : Fuí compañera de estudios de Ana Lilly en el Colegio Sagrado Corazón de Trujillo, guardo muy buenos recuerdos de ella, su sonrisa permanente ... Read more

Eileen Ketterling signed Ana's Guestbook.

Dear Loras and family, I had the privilege of taking classes with Ana while she was a student in the HRD program at UST. The one world that always comes to mind when I ... Read more

Mauricio Escudero signed Ana's Guestbook.

Dear Loras, a la familia de Ana Lily, me cuesta mucho escribir un par de lineas y expresarles en ellas lo mucho que lamento la perdida de Ana Lily. Muchos años han ... Read more

Lia Iturri signed Ana's Guestbook.

Trujillo, 8 de Septiembre de 2005 Sentimos mucho el habernos enterado tan tarde de la noticia de la enfermedad de nuestra querida amiga Ana Lilly, con quien compartimos ... Read more

Randi Wallenberg signed Ana's Guestbook.

Loras and family, It is so rare that you encounter such a wonderful vivacious spirit. Ana was that. I had the honor of working with her at the Courage center. Please know ... Read more

Julie Berg signed Ana's Guestbook.

Loras & Family, Ana & I met through the transitioning of our roles on the ASTD board. Although our time together was short, she was one of those people I always ... Read more

Nick Nissley signed Ana's Guestbook.

Loras and Family, I was afforded the opportunity to come to know Ana 5 years ago when she was a student in my HRD classes at the University of St. Thomas. Her passion for ... Read more

Ann Hoffmann signed Ana's Guestbook.

We continue to pray for the thoughts and special intentions of your family. May God comfort your family in their time of sorrow, grant you peace, and give you strength for ... Read more

Shirley Chan signed Ana's Guestbook.

A Loras y a la familia de Ana: Con mucha pena he recibido la noticia de la perdida de Ana. Les envio mi mas profundo pesame y mis oraciones para que Dios les ayude en ... Read more

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