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  1. Sam, your family story is bittersweet and hopeful. I hope to have my book club read the book. Maybe we can zoom with your Mom and Lauren. Please give my thanks to your whole family for sharing such a intimate and difficult experience. It is so great that you all can find joy and hope in Lauren’s continuing recovery. Sending love and prayers

  2. Love this… can’t wait to read it!!
    Wish I could be a Piazza Messina but I will be out of town

  3. Loving the book, already marked it as “read” on my good read app! Because I know I will finish it… and that makes me sad… it’s so good, I don’t want to finish it.
    Thank you Lauren for your inspiration to others going thru what you have gone thru, and thank you Colleen for putting it all on paper for others to read and learn and inspire!!!

  4. Hey Colleen. This is Tom Anselm. Jill’s husband.
    Just started reading your book. I laugh out loud on one page and on the next page i am brought to tears. I’m sure I’m not the first one to tell you this but the story of your daughters terrible accident and amazing recovery should be a movie. I’d be happy to play the part of one of the doctors …. maybe the one in Chicago… Ha ha
    God bless you and your family as you continue this wonderful saga and God bless The amazing Lauren.
    (Jill thinks you’re the best)
    Tom

  5. I CAN NOT WAIT TO BUY AND READ THIS BOOK! IT IS TRULY A MIRACLE THAT LAUREN IS ALIVE AND WELL! SHE IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION!

  6. That hiking picture looks like Lewis Trail in Weldon Springs. You might want to check out my Facebook page for reviews of dozens of hikes within 50 miles of St. Louis.

  7. Love the update! Praying for new adventures and continued success! Colleen, Brad was born in the Tripler Army Medical Center in Oahu. Tom worked in the recreation area for his service duty. This was in 1971; In 2008 we visited for our 40th Anniversary. Loved Kauai and Maui! Enjoy your vacation!!

  8. I thought you had a NEW book that you wrote. I was so excited and getting ready to buy it for my dad for Father’s day lol