The Warrior Theme

Sunday, November 15, 2009.

Pre-Diagnosis JOMB AndreaThe day after Andrea was diagnosed with breast cancer, Mark sent a personal email to every one of the 220 interview guests of Just One More Book!! asking each if they would leave a voice message on our hotline sending good wishes to Andrea. The plan was to create a CD of audio messages Andrea could listen to during recovery from surgery and during her chemotherapy treatments.

The messages started to pour in immediately (Henry Winkler responded first, within minutes). In all, 126 messages came from authors, illustrators, librarians and publishers from around the world (including England, Spain and Israel) and ranged from newcomers to celebrities.

Many of the messages were more than just good wishes. Some people recited poems or sang songs they wrote for Andrea. Some related their own experiences with cancer and others offered to speak on the phone anytime Andrea wanted someone to talk to. An overwhelming 75 minutes of audio! Plus, Andrea received a number of packages in the mail — handwritten cards with original artwork, t-shirts, books and other gifts. She even received two “bionic” candy apples.

In fact, we received so many messages that Mark realized he needed to create a summary audio clip for Andrea so she could get a quick hit of support and energy any time she needed it. The result is an audio collage called The Warrior Theme packaged over Sunshine and Starlight, a fantastic instrumental by Bjork Ostrom.

There are too many names to transcribe and link to from this post. Instead, listen carefully to everyone who contributed so far!

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November 15, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

[…] In fact, we received so many messages that I realized I needed to also create a summary audio clip for Andrea so she could get a quick hit of support and energy any time she needed it. The result is an audio collage packaged over Sunshine and Starlight, a fantastic instrumental by Bjork Ostrom. (Click here for the post that features The Warrior Theme) […]

Comment by Tricia

November 15, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

I literally jumped for joy to see a new post from JOMB pop up on my feed reader. This post is a testament to how many lives you’ve touched. Thanks for sharing this. Still sending prayers and lots of good wishes your way!

Comment by AZ

November 16, 2009 @ 12:03 am

Continuing to pray for you and your family! Much love!

Comment by tanita

November 16, 2009 @ 11:37 am

Oh, this is so beautiful. So, SO excited for this confirmation of how much you’ve contributed to the blogosphere, despite the stumbles and the annoyances.

Cheers to you!

Comment by Daniele Rossi

November 16, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

Wow! That’s amazing and very touching – what a fantastic community!

Comment by Terry Doherty

November 17, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

Yeah! Yeah! It is so good to see salmon all over my screen again … We love you Andrea!!

Comment by Just One More Book!!

November 17, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

Tricia, Aaron, Tanita, Daniele & Terry,

Thank you so much for your encouragement. We are so lucky to find ourselves held in such a strong, comforting web of support.

The care and kindness of our friends near and far has buoyed us through the diagnosis and disappointments and, despite 2 surgeries within two and a half weeks, we are feeling strong, optimistic and as ready as we can be for the bumpy road ahead.

Thank you so much and be well,

Comment by Jules

November 30, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

That was a beautiful thing!

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