I thought long and hard about this post. In truth, I've been contemplating it for months. But sometimes my need to share overrides every other instinct I have. Also, you've already seen what I'm about to show you; I'm just going to give you a little bit more.
I've gotten quite a few messages about Mattie's story in Never Giving Up, and only confided in a few that Ella and Mattie's struggles was a real life battle Noah and I fought together. Lots of readers have commented about how real and raw the emotions Ella went through were, and I'm here to tell you that, YES! It was every bit as emotionally draining, frightening, sad, and devastating as I tried to portray in the book. I wasn't dealing with a trial of my attempted murderer, but still...
(You see all the different IVs on his hand? It came out, honestly, every single day. My plight with the white-coated lab people was VERY real)
Telling Noah's story was supremely therapeutic and even if it makes the story not 100% fiction, I don't really care.
I guess I just wanted to give a thanks to anyone who has read the book and felt even one smidge of the emotion I put into the book, because honestly, every time one of you experienced that heartache while reading, I felt it a little less.
Today, Noah is almost 4 years old and pretty much a normal kid. He has some setbacks, but it's hard to know if they're because of the terrible infection he had as a small baby, or if it's just one of his sparkling personality traits. I'll take him any way I can get him.