I’ve been overwhelmed with all the support and kind wishes that Jack and I and our family have received since the publication of my “Personal Journey” article titled Fear and Gratitude in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) Sunday edition of July 10, 2016.
Here are some quotes from the messages, letters, and comments:
“Thank you for sharing your story. My son is your son’s age and was a Terry student at UGA. I can’t imagine how hard this was but so glad things worked out well for him and your family.”
“…Had me in tears…Congrats…Awesome…Very cool…”
“…so proud of your good writing as I sorrowed along with you, Jack, and the whole family.”
“Your story touched my heart…Kudos…Fabulous article…This is beautiful.”
“…your strength and talent go beyond the pages you write.”
“Excellent article…Amazing journey…Well done! Very moving! Thanks for sharing your experience.””
“…brought tears to my eyes and reassurance that goods thing can happen in this world…Inspiring! That’s the one word that would describe Julia McDermott’s Personal Journeys’ story of her son, Jack’s, battle and victory over brain cancer. We’re reminded that our lives can change in a moment and the only way to meet fear and tragedy is through positive action, courage, and faith.”
“…unbelievable…I marvel at your family’s courage and faith through it all!…Don’t we learn in the most unimaginable situations?”
From a friend in my French conversation class: “Quel article dans le journal ce dimanche passé! Cette histoire est incroyable, une source d’inspiration! Tu es vraiment douée comme écrivaine et comme mère extraordinaire!
Et ton fils est un modèle de courage et de ténacité pour tout le monde.”
From Dr. Allan Friedman of Duke, in an email to me: “You are a gifted writer. This is a very nice article….Give him my best.”
From UGA President Jere W. Morehead, in a letter to Jack: “I read about your battle with cancer in…the AJC. I was deeply moved by your experience. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to confront such dire circumstances as a student. The strength that you demonstrated to overcome the illness and complete your education is truly inspirational. Your story sends a powerful message of hope and courage to so many, and the University of Georgia is proud to call you an alumnus.”
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