Anngi Sieger StrickFounder & Designer for ANNGI ALYNSAN MATEO, CAPhotography by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Lauri Levenfeld
Last year I featured the amazing survival story of Anngi Sieger Strick on TMP. A dear friend and creative, Anngi has always been one of the most inspiring woman in my life. When Anngi was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer 3 1/2 years ago and started her journey towards survival, my respect and love for Anngi skyrocketed. Her battle to health was/is courageous, positive, and honest. And her ability to be open and connected to not only her dearest, but to the world around her is meaningful and extraordinary. In my eyes, she’s a hero. In part two, Anngi’s story continues to unfold and inspire as she becomes the mother to a new baby boy via another amazing woman, her gestational surrogate.
Three and a half years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. I have been in remission since my surgery and chemotherapy. We discovered the cancer while I was trying to get pregnant with a second child and every day I think about how fortunate I am that we found it.See the story >
Anngi Sieger StrickJewelry Designer
On the very stressful, painful, and joyous week of a dear friend’s healing from a double mastectomy (thankfully, her test came back and her nodes are negative!), I wanted to share the amazing story of another close friend and client Anngi Sieger Strick who 3 years ago was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. Anngi… a mother, a wife, a jewelry designer, an artist,a traveler, a health fanatic, friend, a happy and blessed woman, AND a survivor… chronicles the journey of her diagnosis and her uphill battle back as a survivor. When I read Anngi’s story, I was in tears. Her words filled me with horror, hope, inspiration, sadness, and love. It is unthinkable and unimaginable to picture oneself in Anngi’s situation and shoes, and yet, 1 out of 8 women will be touched in some way by cancer at some time in their life. Thankfully, we have beautiful and courageous SUPER-women like Anngi to share their experiences and pass on their stories so we can hold on to them. This is Anngi’s story…
I’m Anngi…“I am sorry….but it’s cancer.” Anyone who has ever heard that 6-letter word spoken to them will remember the exact day, time, and place. Confusion, fear and shock poured into my soul. I couldn’t feel my body anymore and my head weighed 50 pounds. Within a second my world as I knew it, changed. Changed forever. I would never, ever be the same person after September 17, 2010. Everything the doctor said to me after the “C” word sounded like the teachers on the Peanuts cartoons, “WA WA WA WA WAAAA….” I couldn’t hear words anymore—only noise.See the story >