Q: Why did it take you so long to write your book? What were the obstacles to getting it done? Would you be annoyed if you did find fame and fortune, as they say, after so long a wait?
A: It’s a great question that only now I would be able to answer.

After I was told the thinly veiled prophecy about “being in the public eye”, “doing public speaking”, etc., I was anxious to explore the possibilities. I was in remission and everything seemed stable. So, I began to write by outlining the book chapters and planning the storyline. I even diligently solicited literary agents and publishers to consider my manuscript. No interest at all. I did a couple of local TV appearances though with Bryan as an infant with the theme of him being a Miracle Baby. I wasn’t willing to do the starving artist thing, so I went back to work and got wrapped up in the typical life of a multitasking wife/mom/worker.

Through the years, I always kept my eyes and ears open for opportunities. None appeared though I searched earnestly.

As mentioned previously, it was truly as if a light bulb went off in my head after that fundraiser in honor of Lauren 2 years ago. Call it what you will, but I believe that it was Lauren’s way of thanking me. The love and positive energy that filled me after that event was the driving force that made me pick up where I left off so many years ago. Then, other miraculous things began to happen too. The laws of attraction set in and I began to meet people and experience events that put me firmly on the road of my “book quest journey”. A year and a half later, here I am.

As far as the wait is concerned, in hindsight, I have no remorse. Things happen as they will in life and often for good reason. Having the book published now is actually better. Why? Because the story is more credible now. I am a 20 year healthy survivor, as is Bryan. The many years of post trauma experience have taught me well, so the story is more fulfilling. I have had the time to work through my grief and to accept the past. The right thing to do was to focus on my health and to take care of my young family. And after this long a period of time, to have the project revived, is an indication that it was meant to be. The boys are grown and it is the perfect time for me to fulfill this dream.

Q: Speaking of fame and fortune, what would you do if the book were a huge success?
A: Well, it might be nice to have it optioned for a movie screenplay. The story is certainly filled with drama and it would lend itself well to a movie. I often think that it could be like that award winning book/movie “Steel Magnolias”, except that in my story, the main character lives. Right now, I could envision Anne Hathaway playing me and James Franco playing Jim.

What I would also love to do is have a Reality Show as a follow up. This genre of show is so popular today for all types of subjects. My idea would be to have a weekly show where I could interview other Life Champions to learn about them and their situations. I have always been very inquisitive. These life warriors could share their personal stories of triumph over tragedy. It would be so satisfying to feature the great achievements of other people who have struggled and won. It would be a positive influence for so many others in need.

Q: Do you have certain people to thank who helped you to realize this dream of writing this book?
A: Absolutely. It’s been a team effort on so many fronts. The acknowledgement section of my book is lengthy and sincere. I truly want all of those mentioned to know how much I care for and appreciate them. I wanted to thank each person for doing what they did to help me get through and to survive all that I endured. Without these wonderful friends during this journey, I may not have made it. I also acknowledge special people who were strangers, who appear almost magically in my life, during some of my most difficult moments. I call these people my “angels”. There were several of them and I talk about these unexplained “angel moments” in my book.

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
– Walt Disney