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Tiny Bell Makes Joyful noise One year later, this angelic sound rings true for Ellen Hellwege. W hen Ellen Hellwege rings this precious bell, it resonates in her heart. It's a reminder that her dear friend Maryellen Blough cares. That she prays for her. That she loves her. Last year, Hellwege was horrified to learn she had breast cancer. Her mammogram revealed the need for a lumpectomy and radiation. To comfort her, Blough, a sweet friend she met more than 20 years ago through exercise classes, reached out and mailed her the silver-colored bell depicting a guardian angel. "All of a sudden, this package came," Hellwege said. "It was a little tear-jerker. I called her right away and we had a nice little chat. She knew how to touch my heart." Their friendship deepened. Although Blough lives in New Jersey and Hellwege moved to The Villages, they began to talk more often. As Hellwege endured the agonizing wait between testing and surgery, she struggled to keep upbeat. But the bell shattered the silence and permeated the air with warmth and love. "I couldn't ring it enough," Hellwege said. "I was worried (the clapper) would fall off. It made me think of her and her great smile and to just keep plugging on. It gave me comfort knowing that others knew and cared and were praying for me." It brings Blough to tears to know that the bell meant so much to her friend. "To know that it touched her, that just means so much that it helped her through," Blough said. "Angels are a thing for me. I'm strong in faith, and I know she is as well." Hellwege displays the bell within arm's reach in her living room. She placed a sign next to it that reads, "May there always be an angel by your side." She continues to take in its joyful noise. "I just go by and I pick it up and ring it," Hellwege said. "It's always there because you never know what's around the corner." Whatever that may be, she knows her guardian angel will help her through it. MAGAZINE 41

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