So Many Angels

A Family Crisis and the Community That Got Us Through It

Diane Cook’s idyllic suburban life was shattered with one phone call. As she stood five feet away from her two young sons, her husband, Jed, delivered the news: He had just been arrested. For attempted solicitation of a minor male over the internet.

Her world suddenly in shambles, Diane could have fallen apart—but she knew that wasn’t an option. She was a mom; her responsibility was to her boys. So she vowed to herself that she would keep herself—and her children—together. And then, just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In the months that followed, Diane struggled to deal with Jed’s scandal, raise her two sons, and handle her new medical condition, all as a suddenly single mother. But she quickly learned that, even in her darkest times, she was not alone: her community was with her every step of the way, always ready to swoop in to support her when she needed it most. Ultimately, So Many Angels is an uplifting story of resilience and strength—and a tribute to the many friends and strangers who helped Diane and her boys survive the greatest trial of their lives.

Praise for So Many Angels

“Diane Cook writes an honest account of her husband’s arrest and her subsequent MS diagnosis. Where other writers might linger in the dark spaces, So Many Angels is an inspirational love letter to the community that kept Cook’s family afloat as they struggled to make sense of their new reality. One can’t help but root for Cook as she forges forward as an unexpected single parent.”

―Marika Lindholm, Founder ESME.com (Empowering Strong Moms Everywhere)


“A gripping saga of one woman’s resilience in the face of adversity. Once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down.”
―Lori Espino, president of the New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society


“An inspiring look at one woman’s refusal to let life knock her down.”
―Laura Bradford, national best-selling author of Portrait of a Sister


“Sometimes unexpected things happen to us. It’s how we respond to those things that defines us. That’s the essence of Diane’s story. Inspiring.”
―Mike Reiss, ESPN Patriots reporter, author of Patriot Pride

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