ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The Acadia Choral Society of Downeast Maine has been getting ready for its holiday concert this weekend in Bar Harbor. For one member of the group, the performance will be especially sweet.
77-year-old Anita TeHennepe has been singing with the group for the last two decades. She's also composed her own pieces for the society in the past. Yet in recent years she was unable to sing them.
TeHennepe was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2003. Then in 2011 the cancer came back as an aggressive lymphoma.
Months of chemo-therapy left TeHennepe too weak to sing. She has now fully recovered from treatment and is back performing with the choir.
TeHennepe says she feels the experience gave her a new lease on life and she's encouraging people to reach for their goals --- regardless of their age.
"I wasn't at all sure that my pieces would be acceptable but they were so...it's an exciting thing to do," she said as the society was rehearsing for the concert in Ellsworth, "it's work but it's exciting and it keeps life worth living."
The society will be performing three of TeHennepe's pieces this weekend. The holiday concert will be on December 1, 2012 and December 2, 2012 at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor.
Showtime is at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.