Thank you, Kathleen B Cook, Ph.D., BCBA-D Associate Professor, Special Education at the Sharon Lust School of Education at Augustana University, and students for allowing me to come to speak with your class and share my book and experiences with you.
Here are some wonderful emails I received from some of the students.
~I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for coming into our classroom on Tuesday to share your story! Lauren and your story is so powerful and moving! Mental health is so important and unfortunately still a taboo subject but, hearing you speak so openly about it while visiting us and in the book, genuinely means so much to me and others.
Thank you so much again!
~Thank you so much for coming into our class to talk to us about your book! I enjoyed being able to ask you questions and talk to you about the book. Your book is such an amazing book, I very much enjoyed reading it! You are such an inspiration, you have been through so much. It is absolutely incredible that you are reaching out with your book and helping people that may be in the same position as you are.
~It was so kind of you to use your time to share your story with us more deeply.
The book you wrote is incredibly moving, as I read it, it prompted me to reflect on so many things. As a person who wants to work in the school system, I learned so much from hearing about the experience you, Lauren, and your family had and I thank you for that. You sharing those experiences has brought light to so many issues and I truly believe that anyone who reads your book and speaks to you will work to ensure that no one they encounter will be turned away or refused the help they deserve.
You have an amazing heart and soul, know that you and your family are in my prayers,
~ I wanted to reach out and say thank you for sharing your story as well as providing advice on how we can better help our future students. I found it very moving to hear your story as well as to read about it. Thank you for being vulnerable with us about the tough times and for sharing how you found strength.
Thank you again and I wish you and your family all the best!