Making Andrea a Breast Cancer Survivor

Wednesday, October 7, 2009.

The Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast will be taking an indefinite hiatus so that Andrea and I can focus on making Andrea a Breast Cancer survivor. We received the results of Andrea’s biopsy, yesterday. This morning we met with a surgeon and discussed the treatment process.

Note that before we stop production we still have two interviews and four audio essays to publish. We also plan to do a “so long for now” show. If you’d like to be a part of that show, please leave a short comment on our voice feedback line, 206-350-6487 (UPDATE: our feedback line is no longer in service). We’ll include as many comments as is practical and reserve the right to edit any comments. We don’t know when we’ll publish the show so get your comments in quickly!

Just One More Book by the numbers:

  • 1,362,954: total downloads in the last 18 months; an average of 2100 downloads per day (more than 2 million downloads since we launched in July 2006).
  • 623: the number of regular episodes published
  • 21: the number of shows in our Rock Stars of Reading documentary series
  • 392: number of review episodes published
  • 220: number of interview episodes published
  • $0.00: the amount of money we accepted for JOMB (we self-funded the full production as well as all travel, accommodations and expenses and donated all of our time)

Thank you for being a part of our community and helping to promote great children’s books, the people behind them and a love of reading.

Best wishes and live strong!

Mark and Andrea

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Comment by patricia

October 7, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

My thoughts and best wishes go out to you both. Just One More Book is an amazing place, and the both of you have worked so hard to foster the love of books and reading for kids.

Comment by Jules

October 7, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

My love to you both, and I sent good wishes your way.

Comment by Tamara Gruber

October 7, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

My thoughts are with you and your family. Stay strong!

Comment by aquafortis

October 7, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

Much love and support to you both. The Kidlitosphere is behind you all the way.

Comment by Jen Robinson

October 7, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

Sending love and good wishes to the whole family. Count me among the many, many people who will be pulling for Andrea in this battle.

Comment by Little Willow

October 7, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

Sending you and yours strength, hope, and courage.

Comment by Mark

October 7, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

Thank you for your kind words and shockingly fast response! We’re doing well and remain very focused on a successful outcome. We’re grateful for all of the positive vibes and we know that they’ll really help. So, at the risk of sounding demanding, please keep them coming!

Have an amazing time at Kidlitcon!

Comment by AZ

October 7, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

We’ll be praying for you!

Comment by Melissa

October 7, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

Love and healing thoughts to your family!

Comment by Glynis

October 7, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

You will all be greatly missed. Blessings and peace as you journey onward. Glad you prioritized. You won’t regret it. Prayers for your whole family, and especially Andrea. (From a sister – a cancer survivor. Forge on!)

Comment by Whitney Stewart

October 7, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

With the energy, focus, and generosity that we know you have, you will make it through this.

Looking forward to your return to health and the book news world.

Best wishes.

Comment by tanita

October 7, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

Lighting a candle for you and your family. Thanks for all you’ve given to the kidlitosphere.

Comment by Jackie Parker

October 7, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

Good thoughts, goodwill and hopes for a speedy recovery from this corner!

Comment by Liliana

October 7, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts.
Thank you for reminding us that books are everything!

Best wishes from the deepest Peru (as Paddington bear says)

Comment by Lita Judge

October 7, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

My thoughts are with you Andrea. Get well!

Comment by Terry Doherty

October 7, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

By the numbers: 2 of the most gracious, selfless people we know!

You’ve offered everything you have to us, and we’re going to send it right back in the form of positive energy. No, Mark, it’s not demanding at all.

Our thoughts are with you both and the girls!

Comment by Tricia

October 7, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

Damn cancer. My thoughts and prayers are ascending for you all.

Comment by Dawn Morris

October 7, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family. I just know that your love of reading together will help you get through this. Music can be a very powerful healing tool as well. Stay strong and get well.

Comment by Jenny Schwartzberg

October 7, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

I’m sending lots of get-well thoughts and prayers and will keep both of you in my thoughts. Remember we are all here for you.


Comment by Lori Calabrese

October 7, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

I admire everything you guys do. Just know the Kidlitosphere is here for you! My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

Comment by Sara

October 7, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

You have my prayers for Andrea and the whole family. You were so kind to me and my family in our battle with cancer, even doing a podcast for Emily and Flying Horse Farms. I’l never forget that. May blessings and strength and love hold you up and carry you through.

Comment by adrienne

October 7, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

Oh, Andrea, be well. My best healing thoughts are with you and Mark and your girls.

Comment by Liz B

October 7, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

Cancer sucks. My prayers are with you & your family.

If there is anything we can do – let us know.

Comment by alicia padron

October 7, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

Best wishes for you Andrea.. you can do this!! Lots of love for you and Mark and the kids. You guys are amazing and have managed to touch many lives because of your love of books. I know you’ve touched mine.

Thank you for that!


Comment by Sandra

October 7, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

My thoughts and prayers will be with both of you. May God provide total healing.

Comment by Kim Baker

October 7, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

Good thoughts and hugs to you both. We’re all pulling for you!

Comment by Fuse #8

October 7, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

Liz is right. Cancer sucks. But I have faith you will beat that nasty cancer down with a blunt object, Andrea, and you will conquer and win!

As the wife of a cancer survivor, let me know if there’s anything I can do.

Comment by Anita N.

October 8, 2009 @ 12:10 am

Dear Andrea, Mark, Lucy and Bayla.

I am thinking of you!

Comment by Susan Taylor Brown

October 8, 2009 @ 12:25 am

I am sending my healing survivor vibes out into the Universe on your behalf. Thank you for all that you have both done for the Kidlitosphere. Please let us know what we can do for you.

Comment by Colleen

October 8, 2009 @ 12:27 am

Sending good thoughts and warm wishes your way – and hoping ever so much that you kick cancer’s ass.

Comment by Mark

October 8, 2009 @ 4:27 am

This community is amazing!!! We are grateful for the good vibes, thoughts and outpouring of support.

Our cancer survivor friends have all told us the same thing… lean on the people that offer help. So, once we have a better sense of what lies ahead and when the surgery and treatment are underway, we will contact the people that offered support with our requests.

Thank you all so much for the good vibes and support. It really does energize us.

Comment by Mark

October 8, 2009 @ 4:29 am

By the way… I’m collecting cancer survivor stories on my blog. I’m hoping to get 31, one for each day of this month. So far I have four. If you have one, please take a few minutes to add it to the list at:


Comment by Rasco from RIF

October 8, 2009 @ 6:32 am

With all best wishes to you both as you navigate this journey…you have so many with you in spirit and eager to do what we can to assist.

Comment by Phyllis

October 8, 2009 @ 9:35 am

I am a breast cancer survivor and if there is anything I can do to help please don’t hesitate to ask. There really is a wonderful community of survivors out there and it helps to get all the information and support that you can.

Try to stay positive. You will beat this! They have come so far in fighting this terrible disease.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Comment by Richard Hanks

October 8, 2009 @ 10:18 am

Don’t know what to say, just good luck and keep strong.

Comment by Andrew Karre

October 8, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

You’ll both be in my thoughts. Thank you so much for all you’ve done and will do for the children’s book community.

Comment by Stephaine @ Geezees

October 8, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

Sending good thoughts your way!

Comment by Denise Doyen

October 9, 2009 @ 2:11 am

Mark & Andrea, Your lively podcasts with their energetic music, your daughters’ sweet voices and laughter, and both of your thoughtful, earnest, kind and committed takes on so many books, author/illustrators and kidlit subjects… it’s all quite a contribution to your listeners’ kidlit lives.

As you withdraw now to focus your family’s impressive energies on Andrea… Well, somehow I feel just as positive about a good outcome in that endeavor as I do every time I hit “play” for your show.

Take good care. Fondly, Denise

Comment by lisainberlin

October 9, 2009 @ 4:06 am

To the just one more book family: I was shocked to hear this news. I want to send you, Andrea and your family my best wishes…thankyou for this blog, I look forward to seeing it in the future because I believe you will make it through this.

Comment by Tarie

October 9, 2009 @ 5:26 am

I will be praying for you, Andrea, and sending lots and lots and lots of healing thoughts your way.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again, because I mean it from the bottom of my heart: I love you guys, and I love JOMB!

Comment by Deborah Sloan

October 9, 2009 @ 6:38 am

Andrea and Mark… you have given us so much energy and thoughtfulness in your podcasts and we’re sending it right back to you. This Sunday, I’m running the Boston Half Marathon as part of the Dana Farber Cancer Team and will be running for you and everyone else who’s deal with this beast of a disease. I’ll be running strong knowing that you are too.

Comment by Julie

October 9, 2009 @ 7:06 am

Best of luck to you all. And thanks for all you’ve given to us. I’m sending healing vibes your way.

Comment by Debbie

October 9, 2009 @ 7:07 am

Andrea & Mark, your generosity and enthusiasm here on JOMB has always amazed me. Thanks so much for what you have given to all of us! I’ll miss you online, and will be thinking of you. Please be well, Andrea!

Comment by Charlotte

October 9, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

Many good thoughts from me too.

And wow! Those are impressive numbers.

Comment by Harry and Mary Ross

October 10, 2009 @ 7:58 am

Andrea & Mark, we offer you good thoughts and our prayers in beating this rotten disease. Take care and God bless your whole family.

Comment by Mary Lee Hahn

October 11, 2009 @ 5:54 am

Andrea and Mark, you’re in my thoughts. I hate it that yet another family has been blindsided by this diagnosis. It’s going to be a helluva year, but the seismic shift and aftershocks that cancer and treatment bring WILL quiet down and recede. Andrea WILL be a survivor/thriver. You WILL get through all of this with grace and sanity and humor and honesty (and a few tears along the way, that’s only natural).

Sending positive positive positive thoughts.

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Comment by woody

October 12, 2009 @ 10:35 am

All I can say is that the world needs more people like you both! So sorry for your news and will miss this podcast greatly. Maybe there is a book to be written about/by the J.O.M.B. duo?

Comment by Shelf Elf

October 12, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

I’d just like to say that you are both remarkable people, who add so much to the kidlitosphere. I love JOMB. I will be thinking of you both, and sending amazing cancer-fighting vibes to you Andrea. We care about you, and we know you will win this fight. xo Shelf Elf

Comment by Mark

October 12, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

Thank you, everyone, for your continued messages of support and energy. It really means a lot to us that so many people are sending good vibes. We can feel it and it’s definitely helping.

Best wishes,

Comment by Karen

October 13, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

This is my first visit to your site and I think that I am going to love it! I am a teacher and a breast cancer survivor – and you will be too! Just take it a day at a time and focus on your treatment and getting well. You will get through it! I’ll be thinking of you and saying prayers for you.

Comment by Linda Ashman

October 16, 2009 @ 11:44 am

Andrea and Mark,

Your enthusiasm for children’s books is inspiring and contagious. I hope that all the wonderful energy you’ve sent out through your website and podcasts comes right back to you and gives you comfort and good health–and, Andrea, LOTS of power (I read that’s a favorite word). I’m thinking of you, and sending good thoughts to you both and to your girls.

Comment by Michelle Markel

October 19, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

Andrea & Mark,

As a Stage 1 BC survivor, I deeply sympathize with what you’re going through. It’s scary as hell, but you’ll make it to the other side. I highly recommend Barbara Abercrombie’s book on Writing Through The Storm.

An infinity of good wishes to you.

Comment by Candace Ryan

October 20, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

Andrea and Mark,

May all the positive energy you’ve both put into the universe find its way back to you now during this challenging time. May peace surround your family. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Comment by Maureen

October 24, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

If anyone can beat this, you guys can. Best wishes and know we’re all thinking of you.


Comment by Susan Larrivee

October 25, 2009 @ 8:14 pm


I found out about your site a month ago, from cousin Larry. Tonight I came to check it out. I will be praying for a complete healing for you.
A lady from my Home school Group just beat cancer. She spent this past summer in the hospital but is now back out at all our kids outings.

I pray that your hearts and minds would be filled with Peace.
My Love to you and Mark and your girls,

Comment by Aly in va

October 26, 2009 @ 10:27 am

My prayers and thoughts are with you both. I am very saddened to hear the news, yet faithful that Andrea will BEAT this disease.

Comment by Dave Delaney

October 26, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

Heather and I wanted to let you know we’re thinking about you. Get well soon. All the best,

Dave & Heather

Comment by Kerry Ramsay

October 27, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

You’re in our thoughts and prayers, Andrea. You can DO this!! 🙂

Comment by flo

November 4, 2009 @ 5:48 am

wow . all my beep best wishes to you .
I’ll keep sending You many many good vibes ,
deeply from my heart.
Get well soon and as powerfull as ever if not more !!

Lots of love to you Andrea, Mark and your sweethearts.


Comment by Saints and Spinners

November 4, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

I think of you.

Comment by Chris D.

November 4, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

Your entire family is in my prayers. Having faith that you will be back and stronger than ever soon. Your podcasts will be sorely missed but I’m glad you are taking the time you need to beat this cancer. Prayers for peace for you and your girls and for quick and permanent healing.

Comment by Andromeda Jazmon

November 10, 2009 @ 9:52 am

Andrea and Mark, I am so sorry to hear this. I went through a cancer battle last winter and came out stronger so I am praying the same for you. God Bless you both. You will be missed in the podcast world!! BTW Your baby screaming background seems more fitting than ever right now.

Comment by Marjorie

November 15, 2009 @ 8:09 am

I am so sorry to hear this, if a little behind the times – you are all very much in my thoughts and prayers. XXX

Comment by Melitsa

December 16, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

I don’t know how I missed this. I’m so sorry to hear your news. Wishing you strength through this difficult time.
Get well soon.

Comment by Mandy Ong

December 21, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

I hope you and your family will stand strong together and fight the disease. I know it’s not easy because my mom just had a 9.9lbs neoperitoneal sarcoma removed last week. She too will undergo chemo sessions very soon. I wish you well and your family will be in my prayers. Do take things one day at time and enjoy every seconds of your life. Have a blessed holiday.

Comment by anonymous

April 26, 2012 @ 5:08 am

Prayers for peace for you and your girls and for quick and permanent healing.

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