Yesterday Doug called me from work, after the mega dentist appointment, to say that I had a message at the office. Some one had called there looking for me, because she had read the book and wanted to talk to me. If you Google my name, Doug's company website comes up listing me as an employee (yeah, I haven't worked there in 2 yrs and it hasn't been updated!) It was a local phone number, so I called her back to see who it was.
She said, "I just had a son with Down syndrome on December 3rd and was given a copy of Gifts. I flipped through it, looking at all the photos, then I turned back to read your story because of the photo. When I saw that your bio says you live in Hutchinson, I couldn't believe the odds that your story was the one I stopped to read first."
We spent the next 20 minutes talking about her son, his birth, health and pregnancy. We discovered that our kids go to the same elementary school (different grades.) She is breastfeeding her son and he is nursing well. I offered to meet with them when they are up to visitors and she is eager to meet. It was so nice to hear that my essay had an impact!