Thank you everyone for your generous support.
I listened to this episode of RadioLab as I was working on my contour drawing for one of my classes today. Your story is incredibly touching & inspiring, and I hope to be able to help in some way. Thanks, Emilie.-Mary
I just heard the podcast, I was overcome with emotion throughout your story, mostly for the relationship between you and your boyfriend, you two are great people and I wish the best for you.
I was traveling on a 6 hour trip to upstate NY with my 1 year old in the backseat, when I heard this podcast. Wow. I was blown away. It made my heart stop, my eyes widen and my chest heave. Truly an amazing story. And it's not just a story; it's your life. I am completely floored.
Your story is amazing. It brought tears to my eyes. Alan, you inspire me to never give up
Just heard the podcast. Thanks for letting your story be broadcast on the radio/internet. Sending my best wishes to both Alan and Emilie--you two are amazing people.
Stopped in my tracks in San Francisco as I heard about your story on Radiolab. Truly an incredible story of you, your mother, & Alan. So amazed by how strong you are. I dream to be as strong as you.
Just heard it too. Really moving. Good luck guys!
I just listened to your life, love story with tears in my eyes. Keep going forward and keep up that beautiful strength you all have for each other!
I don't have any words for the emotions I felt after I heard your story on RadioLab. I took off from work and into my car to listen to it again. Truly inspiring , jaw dropping courage. To Alan and Susan, your strength and will is her courage.Good luck.
Your story is heartbreaking, beautiful and inspiring. I heard it today while out cross country skiing with my dog and there, in the middle of a snowy field, I had tears in my eyes, a lump in my throat, and a heart filled with love for you and for Allen. You are amazing and strong people, and I wish you the best of luck with your continued recovery. I am sure that your art will continue to captivate the senses.
Message from Susan, Em's mom:Thank you to all. Your thoughts, feelings, prayers and words of support mean so much more than medicine to us. You all inspire Emilie to continue the climb back to freedom and art. I cannot tell you how many times I felt like sitting and sobbing, then I read your offerings of hope and smile. Thank you. Emilie actually walked without the walker today. It was only next to the bed and a five steps, but a big beginning. I will try to keep you posted on her progress. Again, you mean more than you can ever know. Susan
I just finished listening to the Radiolab podcast over my plan hour; I'm a teacher, and I'd planned to do some marking while I listened. I finished the podcast tears in my eyes and a pile of unmarked papers on my desk. Emilie, Alan, Susan: your courage is stunning; your strength of will and indomitable love for each other is the real miracle here, I think. Congratulations to Emilie on her Valentine's Day walk! Emilie, you have such spirit -- it's evident in your voice on the podcast, in your face in the photos here, and particularly in your amazing art. Keep your chin up, keep making art, and know that in addition to your amazing family, there are lots of people out in the world who are behind you, too, cheering you on.
Today, Emilie was told she will be going back into surgery.
I am at my office job right now, and I just listened to the segment about Emilie on Radiolab. My eyes were obstinately leaking pretty much the whole time. I am a painter and a photographer, and I find myself annoyed when I have to work or go to school instead of making art. It was an inspiration to hear the way your mom described you as being unstoppable on your journey for artistic advancement, before your accident, and your drive for recovery after. Thank you for being a strong and awesome woman and artist; you inspire me to be driven and courageous and never let myself have excuses for not making art. Sending love and hope from California...
Your story on RadioLab was pretty much the most incredible thing I've ever heard on Public Radio. It's been weeks since I heard it and I still can't think about it without choking up. Emilie, I wish you and your loved ones all the best.
Cried the whole time, what a powerful story of love and triumph, please get this made into a movie to raise money! What a beautiful story, great podcast, thank you.Good luck to Alan and Emilie!!
Etienne and Many More Friends:Yes, I want to write Emilie's story. There is so much more to this than what RadioLab could produce. Her story is one of strength, courage, will and love. Alan is ... I cannot yet put into words. In fact getting this done will be a challenge for me. I made up my mind yesterday to begin and do this out of love for Em, to accomplish just what you said Etienne, so I hope you will read this along with others who have made contact with Em and Alan. Love to all and so much heart, Susan Writing as you can see is not a strength so who knows how this will be accomplished. So much has been sent our way...
Susan, you are such a strong and loving mother. You're strength shines on in a tough and determined Emilie. Listening to Emilie's story changed me. I am an artist as well, one that suffers from crippling fear of failure and self doubt that has left blank canvases gathering dust for too long. Emilie inspired me to paint and draw again, she taught me nothing should stand between me and my creative intentions. I have her picture hanging in my art studio now, and whenever that shadow of self-doubt creeps up her picture reminds me that I can _decide_ that nothing is going to stop me from making art, and it helps keep those shadows at bay. Thank you for writing in this blog even though it must be hard for you. I think about Emilie a lot and I'm glad to have a place to see how you are all doing.
What an amazing and inspiring story! I am moved by Emilie's spirit and Alan's persistence in communicating with her. I am also an artist and empathize with the difficulties she will continue to have but marvel at the lust she has to continue to create! xo Katy
I was talking to my daughter on the phone last thursday evening and as I was talking to her I went to the mailbox and there was an envelope addressed to my daughter who attends Cooper. The piece of mail was a note card from Cooper asking that students donate to the Emilie Gossiaux Fund or to the Cooper Annual Fund so I asked my daughter if Emilie was a professor or something and my daughter said no she was a Cooper student and proceeded to tell me Emilie's story and then she sent me the link to Radiolab's interview with Susan and Alan. My daughter couldn't get through the story without sobbing and I was crying as well. On Friday I went out of town and was riding to the lake with my boyfriend and i was telling him the story and he began crying as well. When we got to the lake I told my sister Emilie's story and she too began to cry. When I got home tonight I told my daughter-in-law and she to listened to the radiolab interview and she cried. The whole weeken I thought "this needs to be turned into a movie. Susan have you been approached by anyone to do a screenplay/movie? I was glad to read above that you were writing a book. I am going to my daughter's graduation from Cooper in May, can I come by and see Emilie? She is such an inspiration!! Alan and you saved her life! I would like to meet the two of you as well. Please call me when you get a minute at 918-853-1882. My name is Kelley Watt I would like to know if she can have visitors. I will be in NY for the first time May 20-25th if it would be convenient. Only one article out of all the ones I could find mentioned the name of the truck driver and I was wondering if you have had any communication with him or has he seen Emily? My thoughts and prayers are with your family and I wish all the best for Emilie. Needless to say, I will be making a donation to Emilie's fund to help with her recovery costs. My mother had a stroke and needed rehab and i know how incredibly expensive hospitilization/ rehab can be. Send Emilie best wishes!
I heard this pod cast today while driving. What an amazing strength all of you have. I was moved to tears and goose bumps all over..Allen your amazing for never giving up on the woman you love. Emilie you are an amazing woman with great strength and will. May god bless you all.
My friend George Wurtzel told me about Emillie. He worked at the minneapolis center where she learned skills of blindness. He taught woodworking and really was inspired by her courage and ability. The radiolab story is amazing. May you continue to be blessed. ThIs story needs telling.