Home owner finds good in the rubble

March 10, 2008 5:48:22 PM PDT
A big tree crashed through the roof of the house on Sykes Lane in Williamstown, New Jersey, destroying the roof and leading to the condemnation of the home. But leave it to the owner of the house to find something good amid the rubble. The homeowner has had her share of misfortunes and yet she doesn't see it that way. She seems to have a knack for seeing the bright side.

"I just than God I'm alive. You don't know how invigorating it is."

Not many people would look at this mess and feel relief, but 62-year-old Marilyn Mickles does. She says she might have been injured or worse had this happened at night. Mickles is battling breast cancer and was packing her suitcase in this bedroom for a trip to an Illinois treatment center when the unthinkable happened.

The giant tree came crashing through her home at about 12:30 in the afternoon on Saturday.

Marilyn says, "I really have a positive attitude. My faith is so great. I mean, you know, I've been brought out of the brinks of the grave, as far as I was concerned."

Mickles has lived in the home for 12 years but in 2004, the same year she was diagnosed with cancer, she had a fire. It forced her out of the house for several months. Some might say she has been a victim of incredibly bad luck, but not deeply religious Marilyn Mickles. She says she will go to Illinois for her treatments, which have been going well, and deal with this when she comes home... somehow, she continues to smile.

"I'm so thankful. I'm so pleased that he spared me. And like I said, he spared me for a reason," Marilyn said.

Mickels said when her house burned she lived in a trailer right on the property. She's going to try and do that again so she can keep close track of the progress.