Linda Nelson Gardner started out 2005 feeling like her life was quite blessed. She was married to Ray Gardner-a chemical engineer, pilot, tuba player, jack-of-all-trades, and love of her life-and within that marriage she found freedom to develop all her potentials and maintain other fulfilling relationships, including her relationship with God. My Life in Letters: Bane and Blessing traces Linda's journey through this particular year written in the form of weekly letters to her family and friends. Her optimistic outlook is tested mid-year when Ray is diagnosed with Mesothelioma-cancer of the lung lining-and shortly after her community is devastated by Hurricane Rita. Despite these dire circumstances, Linda holds onto her faith and shares it with others, and she continues to see God's support through the many people who reach out to them.