It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since we had our official book launch for The Race To Recovery. It started with an event we had in my hometown where we aligned ourselves with our favorite charity, Documenting Hope (formerly known as The Canary Kid Project). It was a dream come true for us! We had our family and friends in attendance but more importantly there were faces that we didn’t know. These were the faces that touched me the most, the faces who came because they were looking for answers, for some reason to understand why a book like ours had to be written. We signed some books and I gave a talk on our journey and why we felt our story needed to be told. Then we had the head of Epidemic Answers, Beth Lambert speak about Documenting Hope before showing a clip of the documentary she is on a mission to have made. After all, this was the woman who had shown me the way to heal our family. It was an honor to present with her. After watching the trailer, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. We watched parent after parent talk about the heartbreak of having a child with autism or a child who was so hyper-sensitive they couldn’t go outside and play. There was a mother replaying what it was like to watch her child come close to death after having an allergic reaction. At the end of the film though, which is always our favorite part, we saw the recovery and the healing. We saw the child who could barely go outside swinging and playing in the sun. The mother who had a son who couldn’t communicate in the past , tells the story of what he said on his ride home after his first day of school, “I’m proud of you, Mom”. So we start out with confusion, tears of sadness and unimaginable worry but you end up with hope. (Click to watch trailer below.)
The first event after the launch was hitting the Gluten Free Expo to start selling and signing more books. As we know, simply eating a gluten free diet isn’t the answer to getting healthy. It’s a piece of the puzzle. If you have asthma or ADHD and you switch to eating gluten free junk food, the outcome won’t be as powerful as eating whole foods and veggies with some healthy gluten alternatives in the mix. This was my message at this event. It was so special to see children walk away happily with the book. My hope was that they no longer felt different and knew that someone had a similar story and understood what they were going through.
I then went on to a book launch at Whole Foods in New York City which was very exciting. In the world of health, if you’ve made it into Whole Foods, you’ve made it. That’s what they tell me anyway:) Afterward, I went with two fellow authors and now friends of mine Maria Rickert Hong of “Almost Autism” and Kathleen DeChiara of “The Hidden Connection” as we spoke to a mother’s group. You see Maria had recovered her sons from sensory processing disorder and Kathleen’s son had a severe form of Autism and is also now recovered. We were a team of proof that there is another way and there is hope! The group we spoke to had children that were very young. Without scaring them, well we hoped anyway, we spoke to them about what they can do to PREVENT some of the pain and confusion we had gone through. We spoke about diet, the overuse of antibiotics and watching out for the common signs that your child may be at risk for allergies, autism, asthma and ADHD. We walked away praying that they took in some of our hard learned life lessons and that they were able to enjoy each minute with their beautiful happy and healthy children and not have to worry about sickness, medication and an abundance of doctors visits.
I then attended the conference of the school I’m currently attending, the Institute of Integrated Nutrition in New York City. On the stage in front of thousands, I proudly announced my book’s title and tag line and the fact that my son and I had written it together. At this point we were happy to say that our book had now risen to be an Amazon Best Seller under Children’s Health/Allergies. This is something we could only dream of and are so grateful to everyone who has helped to make this happen.
We capped the week off with doing a presentation to a local boy scout troop. We spoke to them about making healthy choices and how much sugar is consumed today and what healthier alternatives are available. My son got his first chance to speak to his peers about his experience. He read from his book and held a Q & A afterwards. I thought it was such special moment. The children really responded to him as it wasn’t one more mom telling them what they should and shouldn’t eat but one of their own. I sat back to the side wanting to disappear so he could really enjoy the moment, enjoy where we started and where we are now. You see, our story would have had a much different ending if we didn’t do some of things we had learned early on. It is our mission as we continue to spread the word and speak to groups both large and small, that through our message others are given different endings as well…endings full of hope and RECOVERY!
Please contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on health coaching, presentations and book signings.