Today we welcome Emily Johnson, who shares her beautiful story of the gift she received following the passing of her beloved mother.
The story behind Bird of Paradise, Emily’s first novel, is unique. Her mom began writing Bird of Paradise when she was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer. She passed away in 2012, leaving the novel unfinished for Emily to complete.
The ability to delve into her mother’s written words was the gift of a lifetime and gave her the strength to overcome the grief she felt at the loss of her mother. She’d come to realize it to be a roadmap from her mom to guide her through life.
This is a story that will touch your heart, so be sure to tune in.
Here are three reasons why you should listen to the complete Episode:
Who is Emily Johnson
The big “C”
Ovarian cancer, the silent killer
Strength and willpower
She was always in control
Bird of Paradise
A roadmap to guide Emily
Her mom stopped writing
Freedom to complete the book
Emily’s most significant life lessons
Part of the letter
Emily’s future in writing
What Emily is grateful for
09:32 – “It’s amazing. And it was all self-will, I mean, she never did anything unintentionally, you know. And at the end, you know, it’s a very personal story. But we got to the point where my dad and I, you know, we knew we were going to have to make that decision about taking her off life support which you’re always gonna wonder, did I make the right decision and my mom somehow just took care of it herself. Right as they’re putting together that paperwork, she let herself pass. And my dad and I never had to wonder did we make the right decision. And so you know, even at that point on life support, she was still completely in control of what was going on. And to this day, ten years later, she is still in control”.
11:46 – “… it really all of a sudden dawns on me that this wasn’t my mom, just trying to, you know, take up time writing a book, this was my mom leaving me a gift, there are a lot of life lessons within the characters. And what happens? There are a lot of experiences my mom herself went through at various stages of her life that were kind of a roadmap to guide me through my life. And it was all things that she didn’t know, and she’d be here to teach me. So she put it into the words of the story”.
23:35 – “…I know now that this is where my story ends, so I hope you will begin where I left off. I will watch over you through the good times and the bad. I will be there with you to share the joys of becoming a mom, and I will be there watching as you and Matt grow old together. And each night, I will be there to whisper sweet dreams. I love you. Forever and Beyond, Mom”.
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