Life Changes Fast… Don’t Wait!
by Amy Sharp
Margaret McCullough Connolly, Sugar Land Attorney and Counselor at Law
Back in 2002, Rose Johnson was diagnosed with Stage IV terminal colon cancer and given six months to a year to live. Although she resolved to battle and beat the disease, Rose also knew she needed a will. “I made one up really quickly…handwritten,” says Rose. “I didn’t know whether I was going to live or die, but I wanted my wishes followed through in the event of the unthinkable.”
Fortunately, Rose’s story did not end there. After many years and treatments—and two recurrences—Rose beat the odds. In April of 2009, she was declared cancer-free. “Cancer out of the way, I knew I needed a better will. Legal documents are confusing, and I wanted it worded so that my wishes would be carried out exactly as I intend. I called Fort Bend attorney Margie Connolly to help me.”
“It’s crucial a will is exactly the way you want it to be,” continues Rose. “It’s your voice after you’re gone. Throughout the process, Margie was so, so patient. I called her a week after the first draft to make changes. She was able to take care of everything I asked, and never had a frown on her face. Always a smile, and she always had time for me. I felt as if I was her only client, and her prices are excellent for the time she puts in with you. She’s very pleasant, patient and kind. A wonderful individual and lawyer.”
“In sound mind and health, I signed my new will on my 73rd birthday. Life changes fast, and I encourage everyone to create this important document while in sound mind and health. Don’t do what I did the first time. I’m grateful for this second chance, in so many ways.”
Rose is the founder of the Rose B. Johnson Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to inform, educate and communicate with individuals and groups about colon cancer and its prevention, procedures, and treatments. The foundation gives people the opportunity to receive funds to help pay for tests that can detect the deadly disease. Visit www.rbjohnsonfoundation.org for more information.