Amelia Faye Lennon found her calling early in life, becoming the full-time pianist for her church at age eight. During her childhood, Amelia performed for tv audiences on the Jim Burns Show in Wilmington, NC. As she grew up, Amelia received many awards culminating in the Paderewski Scholarship for piano study at the university level.
Ms. Lennon attended the Governor's School of North Carolina, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Meredith College, graduating with degrees in Music and Education. Her teaching experience in North Carolina has included Columbus, Bladen, and Wake County Public Schools, as well as private piano and vocal lessons. Her Career path led her to a teaching position in Hilton Head Island, SC, where she also took an active role in the music department including "Fiddler on the Roof," "Tom Sawyer," and A Christmas Carol," adapted for the HIlton Head Playhouse by John Jakes. She served on the Island School Council, the athletic club of Hilton Head High School, the yearbook club, the science project advisory board, and other committees.
In 1998, Ms. Lennon and her two children (Adam and Amelia) received the news that Ms. Lennon had been diagnosed with Lobular Breast Cancer. Amelia underwent a mastectomy, including lymph node removal where cancer cells were present. The removal of lymph nodes during surgery damaged various nerves, tendons, vessels, and muscles. The extensive damage ended her career as a pianist and church organist.
No longer able to play the piano, she put her energies into expressing herself through her memoirs. Blessings of Cancer is the result.
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