I want to express my thanks to a wonderful and talented friend, Dr. Maura Mitchell, for helping to create this book with her brilliant suggestion. I also need to express my gratitude to Mr. Rupert Holmes for giving me hope and courage many years ago. My husband, Lewis Hauser, has also been a support for me during the two years that I worked on this book, and I thank him for his ultimate patience and sense of humor on all those nights I ignored him and tapped away on the computer.
I especially need to thank Nina Pearlstein, who gave me the opportunity to have my book published and gave wonderful suggestions. I also thank my editor Elisabetta Linton, who guided me, as well as Susan Prusak and Rebecca Ardwin.
My family deserves my gratitude and they have been very supportive during the creation of this book. My mother Kaye Andrews, and my late grandmother Hazel Kellems helped me both financially and emotionally, and I thank them. My sisters Krista Andrews, Dr. Roxana Andrews, and Karen Andrews (who is actually my sister-in-law, but she's like another sister to me) have also supported me through some troubling times and I want them to know that I will never forget it, and I am very grateful.