My Deepest Thanks and
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for
another day of loving.
— Kahlil Gibran
The gratitude I feel for all of the people who helped me heal is profound and
never-ending. I would especially like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all
the co-counselors who helped me—especially Raymonde Egli-Bielak and
Kathy Strnad-Shipley. I am forever indebted to Andrew Fono and, in
particular, Harvey Jackins, two valiant co-counseling leaders who are now
I would like to thank all the people who stood by me when I was sick; my
incredible doctors, whose dedication and care, although flawed at times,
actually saved my life; and my uncle, Jesse Dickson, for his
extraordinary sensitivity and for convincing my parents to consult a specialist
for me. But most important, I would like to thank my family.
I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the love and support of my dear
parents, Jonabeth and Wilbur Evans, who passed away in 2001, and
all of my siblings, Jennifer, Adrienne, Joe and Valerie.
I would like to acknowledge and deeply thank all of my friends and family who
have volunteered to help make this book possible:
TR Mackin for book cover design and editing assistance.
Alexander White for remarkable content editing.
Mel Babb for book formatting, computer tutoring and editing
Patrick Bertolino for front-cover photography.
Jennifer Evans, Susanne Dickson, Christy Payne and Raymonde
Egli-Bielak for editing assistance.
Mary Anne Hobbs for support group suggestions.
Marisa Jennings and Waverly Fitzgerald for personal coaching.
Angie Kessler for website design.
Shirley and Bill Workman for providing a restful sanctuary to
finish editing the book in Santa Fe and for being a wonderful part of my
All of my friends and family for their support and friendship.
Most important, I’d like to thank my sweetheart, Bill Workman, for
being there when this book was born and for helping it grow, day by day, with
lots of love, hugs and smiles!
I appreciate all of you very much, and I am so blessed that you are a part of my
life. Thank you for your priceless contribution. I couldn’t have done this
Our labor of love will hopefully make a significant difference in the lives of
people with lupus and other life-challenging illnesses — one precious life at a
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