Contested Irrelevance (a JOLT! by Andrea)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

Wow! The last nine months have been surreal. Andrea has been nothing short of inspiring as she braved three surgeries, six rounds of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation therapy (30 treatments in all). Through it all, we’ve been blown away by the concern and generosity of our online communities, particularly the people that we came to know and whom we apparently touched through Just One More Book.

Andrea harnessed that energy and generosity and turned it into a stunning five-minute lightning talk (called a JOLT!) at the recent PAB2010 conference. Her powerful and sincere presentation commanded a standing ovation which turned into a line of people waiting to give her a hug. There was nary a dry eye in the room.

Thank you to everyone in the JOMB community. You had a huge impact on our family. But don’t take my word for it. Watch the video to find out.

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Comment by Kevin Hodgson

July 7, 2010 @ 4:49 am

Thank you for sharing your story.
Good thoughts your way.

Comment by Frank M Hansen

July 7, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

As one of the fans who dropped off & did not keep up with your amazing site I wanted to thank you for not forgetting about me how I forgot about you. Thank you for the email that lead me to Andrea speech at PAB. I hope the power, inspiration and raw truth coming through her speech will last me a life time. May you be back to full health and cancer free soon and God bless you and keep close to him as he has keep you close to us. Thank you so much.

Comment by Book Chook

July 8, 2010 @ 1:41 am


July 8, 2010 @ 1:41 am

Brava! It’s a wonderful message, Andrea, thank you for sharing it. I am honoured to nurture that same passion!

Comment by Nikole

July 8, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

Thank you for those words.
Just perfect.

Comment by Debbie

July 8, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

Wonderful talk, Andrea. I’m only sorry that you didn’t know how much you were appreciated during those 3 years! Sorry for being silent –

Comment by Kimberley

July 8, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

Wow…thank you so much for sharing. I am an elementary teacher and I simply stumbled upon this site tonight. As I travel through my daily journey of reading, writing, and pushing forward to provide my students with a vivid education I love having the opportunity to pull from talented people like you. I can’t wait to follow your work and journey. You are truly a positive connector in life. Thank you again.


Comment by Diane Greenseid

July 9, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

Hi Andrea, after a sabbatical from working at home on children’s illustrations, I am here again. And wondered, maybe Just One More Book might have decided to continue, and will keep me company as I paint. I watched your wonderful encouraging video. I miss you both and your great podcasts!!! Thanks for all you have done!! Love, Diane Greenseid

Comment by Cassandra

July 12, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

Andrea, your words here are well-chosen and heartfelt as always (which is why I listened often listened to JOMB.) But the jolt I got hearing this speech was that I had NOT realized you two were seriously shutting down the Podcast on last Sept. 11th’s show. On our saddest of American anniversaries the one line about “even if we will continue” seemed meerly the mood of the day (especially when followed by the traditional cheery music and request to stay subscribed as a loyal member of the podcast.)
I’m shocked it was over a month before it was over.

So glad you have fought and are fighting your cancer with such determination. So sad we would have lost your on-air voice anyway. Thanks for the wonderful work you did while you did it. I enjoyed every show.

Comment by celeste

July 14, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
You all have been in my prayers from the beginning of my listening to your podcast years ago. More so when I went to your website to find out why your show was no longer downloading automatically onto my iPod. I have a two year old and we love to go to the library to pick out books, occasionally I will bring my list from your website with me to locate some of your recommendations. I hope you are inspired to return to the podcast when you feel up to it. I have checked out all the “Listeners Also Subscribed To” podcasts (iTunes) and found nothing remotely close to the glory of yours. I don’t have the computer time to read blogs, so your podcast was such a treat. So sorry I didn’t reply after each of the podcasts I enjoyed. I’m quite certain I am not the only listener who neglected to take the time to gush about how much we appreciate your efforts! Thank you, thank you!
Many blessings to your family throughout this health crisis. So thankful that you seem to be rapidly nearing the beginning of a clean bill of health.

Comment by Gregory Walters

August 18, 2010 @ 10:54 am

Hi Andrea & Mark,
So good to hear your voice and your message, Andrea. I remember the evening I first stumbled upon JOMB. Stayed up until 3 a.m. listening to podcasts. Such a marvelous discovery! I excitedly told my colleagues and checked back in weekly, if not daily. I truly miss JOMB. It provided a thoughtful, personal take on the magic of children’s books and there remains a hole where it once was. But sometimes we are confronted with bigger things and you have certainly had a lot to face since October ‘09. I wish you well as you focus on what is best for your family.

Comment by AZ

December 7, 2010 @ 2:51 am

Wonderful words, Andrea. Thank-you.

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