So the past few weeks have been pretty full on. Our book Will to Live was released nationally on 21 July, and many of you would have heard Matthew and Diane on the publicity trail during the week. More than 400 people then attended the book launch in Brisbane on 25 July, and it was a wonderful night. The book was officially launched by our children – Emily, Luke, Ben, Will, Maeve, Joshua, Lincoln, and Ethan – and it was lovely to be surrounded by supporters and friends. Here’s photo of the ‘launch’ moment:
Thanks to Suzy Wilson and her team at Riverbend Books, who did a wonderful job of managing the event.
So far the feedback has been very positive, and to those who have contacted us by email to let us know of your reaction to the book, thank you. It appears that many of you have laughed and cried, and some of the stories about what you neglected because you ‘couldn’t put it down’ had us laughing. It appears there were a few ‘almost late for school pickup’ moments, burnt dinners, and missed meetings, which was nice feedback. Some of that feedback also came from those who were familiar with the story!
We spoke at the launch about the reason for going public with the story, and the feedback we’ve received overwhelmingly supports our main motivation, which was to help others as we were helped by those who shared their story before it happened to us. It was lovely to see Korrin Barrett’s story featured in The Courier-Mail yesterday. Korrin also worked at Origin Energy and fell sick a few months after Matthew. She has been a great supporter of ours and was at the book launch. Korrin’s journey has been a little different to ours, as they all are, and we share her motivation to make the best of what happened to her. We wish Korrin the best of luck with her Bridge to Brisbane walk and may get ourselves organised enough to share the occasion on the Bridge with the rest of the city on the day.
It’s taking us a while to get through all the emails and messages, so please take this as a general thank you for the moment. That anyone would take time out of their day to touch base with us is appreciated.
My next post will be some ‘Letters from Little Ones’, based on some letters written to Matthew by local pre-school children. They are beyond cute, and will be worth sharing (I think) so stay tuned…