It's Good to Know a Miracle: Dani's Story - One Family's Struggle with Leukemia

Front Cover
Gordian Knot Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
In this inspirational and informative book, Dani's parents, Jay and Sue Shotel, vividly convey the strength and courage their daughter displayed in her battle with AML, as they tell the story of the events that led to her recovery. Along the way they provide a wealth of information about leukemia, and tell engrossing stories about their family's journey to an unknown place, the roles each family member played to support Dani in her fight for life, the value of love and friendship, the anguish in the quest for answers, the power of positive thinking, the vital decisions a family must make as they proceed through the medical maze, and about the young German citizen, Tom--who donated the marrow that saved Dani's life and then flew in to Washington, D.C., to attend Dani and Scott's wedding in 2005!

The vivid details in It's Good to Know a Miracle: Dani's Story, are made possible because Sue Shotel insisted that the family keep a log of everything that occurred during the period from September 11, 2002, until Dani's release from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and return to Washington, D.C. in May of 2003. In telling their story, the authors hope that the level of detail provided in this book will assist families who face similar circumstances in dealing with the known, the unknown, and the decisions that need to be made along the way.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - readingover50 -

A good story of a young woman't struggle with leukemia, from diagnosis to end of treatment. The details of her treatment seemed very real to me. Read full review


The Plan
Advice from Everywhere
Extreme Opposites on the Road to a Cure

15 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

JAY R. SHOTEL is a Tenured Professor of Special Education and Chair, Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Shotel has created numerous partnerships with local school systems designed to prepare both regular and special educators and is currently the principal investigator on three such projects. In addition he was an American Council on Education Fellow in 1989-90 and the "Teacher Educator in Residence" at the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 1998-99. He currently serves on the Board of Examiners of NCATE, as a team chair and cadre leader, and as a member of the Committee on Research and Information of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Dr. Shotel's current interests include performance based teacher education, teacher recruitment and retention issues, technology applications in teacher education and an ongoing interest in inclusive special education practice. He recently completed a national study sponsored by AACTE on Performance Based Elementary Teacher Education.

SUE SHOTEL retired as a secondary-school administrator after 30 years with the Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools and currently works as a consultant for the school system. They live in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Bibliographic information