Thank you to Ann Israel, published author, for writing a guest blog for us. Learn more about Ann and her wonderful contribution to the world of Mah Jongg on her mahjonggand me blog.
Here’s Ann’s blog for Where The Winds Blow:
If you have ever read my blog (www.mahjonggandme.com) then you probably have seen my statement, “Mah Jongg people are the best people.” Who knew?
When I went through a bad bout of illness this past year, so many of my virtual MJ friends surrounded me with their support and love. I never expected such an outpouring of love and care from people I have never met. What about you? How have you experienced this same kind of support and caring from your Mah Jongg community – real or virtual? I’d love to hear about your own experiences.
As I said above, I’ve had a bad year health wise but didn’t really want to write about on my blog. However, when I read about Stay Strong and Mahj On in an article on Huffington Post, I gathered up my courage and wrote about my own experience with breast cancer. Actually, I just mentioned it‚Ä¶and then what happened was truly amazing.
My virtual Mah Jongg friends from around the globe “gathered” around me and, through the Internet, sent such love and warm wishes and good thoughts that I was truly overwhelmed. And it wasn’t just a temporary “gathering”‚Ä¶I keep hearing from these wonderful people as they inquire about my health and continue to send me their good wishes.
Shortly after my surgery, I started teaching a new class of twelve beginning Mah Jongg students. When they eventually found out what I just had been through – and was about to go through with radiation treatments – they once again proved what I had learned about Mah Jongg people‚Ä¶even beginners are the best people!
Yes, I have benefitted in so many ways from our amazing, caring, and loving Mah Jongg community. I’d love to hear about your experiences and if you feel the same way as I do about Mah Jongg people!