Scrapbook Seventy Two…


MAY 2014

Once in a while I get an email that I have to read several times. I am constantly amazed at the strength and resilience of women who come nose-to-nose with tough choices. I think Ann is one woman who doesn’t need an Equal Rights Amendment. What do you think about this exchange? f


Hi Forrest,
    It’s been a while since I bugged you with something.  I was wondering if you could send my sister Ann an email.  Cutting to the chase, she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She and her doctors are confident that everything will be okay. However, a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery are in order.  One of the first things she said to me after her diagnosis was that she won’t be able to search for your treasure this summer.  She’s afraid that she will be in no shape to do any serious hiking and is bummed out about the whole situation.  A short, “Hang in there” type note would lift her spirits and make her very happy if you have a minute to send one.
Thanks, Chris


From: Forrest
To: Ann
Chris gave me your address and said you were going out of the chase for a few weeks. Bummer. You may not know that I had cancer, lost a kidney, and was given a 20 percent chance to live. That was 26 years ago and medicines are so much better today. I should have waited.
Hope you can get out in the trees again soon and look for the treasure. You are young and beautiful and have a lot going for you. Please keep me in the loop on your progress. Maybe we can meet sometime and jabber about hidden treasures. Let me know if there is something I can do for you because I’m in your corner. f


From: Ann
To: Forrest
Mr. Fenn, 
Oh My Goodness!!  Thank you SO much for your kind words of encouragement!!   I feel honored you emailed me!   I think you and my brother, Chris, would be best friends if you lived near each other.     From reading your books, I can tell he is a lot like you.  

I got the book Thrill of the Chase for his son Daniel’s birthday last year….. and I told Daniel  “if anyone can figure this out it will be your Dad…..  and if you two go treasure hunting, you have to take me along.”   Well Daniel didn’t come with us but Chris, my husband Tom and I went and we had a  BLAST!   It was a little disappointing when the treasure wasn’t where it was supposed to be, &#9786 , but we had a great time and I have to say, Chris and I are closer and talk more than we used to.     

I am very disappointed this breast cancer junk is getting in my way of treasure hunting this summer.  Maybe I will be able to go along, out West, but a am not very confident that I will be back to “my healthy self” enough to be able participate in “the hiking” part this summer.   We will just have to see.  

I did find an arrowhead on May 2nd, my biggest and best one yet.  I attached a picture.  It measures 5 and 1/4 inches long.  I found it down in the creek behind our house.  We had 2 big “Gully Washers” in the week prior, so I knew the creek would be “turned over” from all that rain.

Thanks again for the email, it made me smile and giggle.

 One of your Treasure Hunting fans,   Ann






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37 thoughts on “Scrapbook Seventy Two…

  1. Ann,
    looking at the pictures of you, I can see you are strong, determined, and a beautiful lady inside and out. I have a feeling you will fight the fight and cancer will lose. In the process you will discover the most valuable treasure of all. All my best to you.


    • You are right, Pam, I think that this unexpected “journey” is guiding me in discovering the most valuable treasure of all. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  2. Hi Ann-
    Sorry you won’t be in the chase for a bit, but it looks like you have already been out there and living life to the full. Keep it up. We’re all rooting for you. (Not digging roots, but cheering. Is that the right word? Rooting?) Anyway, I ‘ll turn an extra rock over for you. 🙂

  3. Ann, it is nice to hear that the Dr.’s are confident and feel that everything is going to be ok. We are going to miss having you “chasin.” I’m glad FF didn’t read Chris’ letter and do a U-turn without a reply. Señor Fenn surely is a man of couth.

  4. Ann, You appear to be a young, strong person and I’m sure you will do well with your treatment as have many women I know who have gone through the same surgery. Stay strong and positive!

    Looks like you had a great time on your hike so keep searching!

    • Thank you! I am going to try my hardest to stay strong and positive. And yes we did have a good time. I know none of us will ever forget it.

  5. Wow great find on the arrowhead forget the treasure lets go dig up your creek 🙂 Hope all goes well ann you seem
    Like a tough cookie 🙂 I’ll try to hold off on finding the treasure until your back on your feet again 🙂 hehe Hang tough girl

    • Seriously! That’s an amazing SPEAR head. I’ve spent a decent amount of time in the outdoors and I’ve never found an intact stone point of any size. I found a few broken ones. I’m guessing that at some “point” (chuckle…snort) in the ancient past the broken points I found must have hit something really hard…like my skull. You’re a tough lady, Ann. Just keep on being yourself. Try to get up in the hills and keep looking up.

  6. Ann, To quote Robing Roberts and her new book, “Everybody has Something.” Some “somethings” are harder than others. Her book would be a great read for you in addition to FF’s books. Keep positive thoughts and remind yourself this little setback just gives you more time to research. Sounds like you have a great support group. Have your husband scare the cancer away as Peggy did for her Forrest. Maybe Peggy will give him some hints.

  7. Hello Ann,
    In the beginning of my chase, I thought I was alone and walked unaware of my fellow searchers.
    Over the past few weeks, I came to the understanding, that the thrill of the chase was not about the race to the chest. It is about my fellow searchers and how we, through our individual stories, forge the true meaning of the chase. Tomorrow, as I walk my path, as I journey into there. You and everyone else who has lived the chase, shall walk with me. For I no longer walk alone and your story is in my heart. God bless you Ann.


  8. I am compeled to say that Forrest has dropped me yet another clue
    The way to fight ones cancer is to encourage others to do the same too
    An enemy deep inside your bones, to fight it, one must be like your stone
    Hard as a rock, sharp as a knife and pointed with a sole function to do

    Life’s main purpose is to make others happy and survive
    The simple truth is that none get out of this one alive

    So, enjoy the people you meet along the way
    Treasure is fleeting, memories always stay
    If you can read this, it’s been a great day!

    If you can’t search, it’s but a simple unfortunate delay
    Good times are soon coming, patience will always pay

    So I’ll try and follow Forrest’s sage advice
    I sincerely hope a “get well soon” will suffice

  9. Ann, you hang strong, woman! My mom had both breast removed three years ago and had a clean bill of health. She is fighting another battle again, but winning! She is 84 and a strong headed woman. They had a wind storm at her house, and she went out and raked 5 big bags of leaves! I was staying with her for a few weeks til she finished her chemo. She found out I had cancelled my search vacation, and she kicked me out! Told me to find the gold! Wow!
    As with Forrest and my mom, I see determination and perserverance. Just like you! Hope to see you on the chase trail!
    All my prayers, Donna. ¥Peace¥

  10. Thank you Ann for sharing your story. That is one awesome arrow head! Stay strong and I wish you all the best!
    The Wolf

  11. Ann, reading your story reminds me of a couple Winston Churchill quotes: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference“; and “If you’re going through hell, keep going.

    You’re a strong person with a great attitude. You’ll be back out on the trail before you know it……..Our prayers are with you.

  12. Hang in there. Sometimes life’s circumstances and other people’s commitments interfere with the best laid plans. My family had to cut our search short due to the worst flu we’ve ever experienced, and then work and college classes beckon tomorrow. Unfortunately, for me it may be months before I can return to fish for treasure.

  13. Continue the Chase Miss Ann!! You are an inspiration and God Bless your wonderful spirit. You getting out and searching puts us all to shame who have smaller aches and struggles. We are all praying for you and know the Hand of Jesus is Fully in place here guiding you to live life to the fullist and you will be back and beat’n those bushes and climbing mountains (literally and figuratively) before you can say “treasure chest”!!! You are our inspiration and much love and well wishes are sent your way through all of the CHASERS!! Never give up the fight and Life is the most precious treasure of all knowing God and His Wonderful Kingdom is waiting for us!! Continue to fight and fight hard and we will help with prayers and faith an any thing we can do just let us all know. Peace and Love My fellow pirate and comrade in seeking the ultimate treasure (HIs Holy Spirit)!!! See you in the funny papers. Judy MS. Girl

    • What a joyfilled response to all with cancer in need of faith & encouragement Judy MS. I walk a similar trail to Ann and just wanted to thank you:-)

  14. Hi All,
    It has been a while since this story appeared and I just wanted to post an update about my sister. I’m happy to say that her surgery and chemo treatments went well and she is doing great. Aside from losing her hair, she didn’t seem to suffer many ill effects to her chemo treatments except for having felt tired for a few days after each monthly dose of poison or whatever it was they injected into her. All seems to be returning to normal. Yea!
    While I’m at it I’ll also mention that my son and I did go look for treasure this summer but came up empty handed. Our trip was fun but searching without my big sister wasn’t as fun as it could have been. We are plotting and planning a new search for the upcoming treasure hunting season as winter closes in on us. I can’t wait to get back out there with the squirrels and whack some bushes.
    See you in the wood, Chris

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