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Testimonials

"Oh, be still my aching heart. Mom and nurse Lisa Solis DeLong lives through an unimaginable ordeal: not one, but two little boys with leukemia. Bless her for her searing honesty. This is not a Hallmark card or a Lifetime special. A real mom and dad and sisters and brothers live through the pain, warts and all, and Lisa has the guts to reveal life as it really was. And yet magical moments shine through: prayers, and faith, and small miracles, and dreams of release. Definitely recommended reading for anyone dealing with family loss or cancer, but also, an eye-opening account for those, like me, who have not experienced children with potentially terminal illnesses. Blood Brothers is a beautiful contribution to our understanding of childhood illness and the power of a mother's love.".

Lisa Bloom, author of Think; Swagger; and Suspicion Nation; legal analyst for The Today Show. She also contributes to NBC Nightly News and MSNBC.


"In BLOOD BROTHERS, Lisa Solis DeLong has written a powerful and wrenching story about the loss of her beloved son Justin just after his fifteenth birthday to leukemia and the medical journey of her second son Jacob, diagnosed with the same disease. Lisa reveals her heart and her feelings about what she and her family have been through, but never descends into self-pity. As Jacob survives and thrives, and this remarkable family goes on with their life, her narrative is suffused with love and deep faith. She takes up ballroom dancing, which becomes a metaphor for going on with life, and she writes, "I felt light and airy and ultra feminine, which was rare in my world of mother, wife and caregiver...I was so happy I hardly recognized myself." With her honesty and unwavering gaze at what she's been through, deepened by her training and experience as a nurse, Lisa's beautiful book offers not only tears but also hope.".

Barbara Abercrombie, Author of 15 books, including Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life into Story, A Year of Writing Dangerously, and Kicking in the Wall. Ms. Abercrombie is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award and the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing.


“Once again, Lisa made such an amazing impression on the nursing students. Her book and her visit to our class touched the students and caused an emotional excitement within them to be caring nurses to their patients and their families. Thank you Lisa for taking the time to share your story with the students. They will take what they learned from you and apply it to the care of hundreds and thousands of patients and families!”.

Tina Rorick, RN, MSN, CPN Associate Professor of Nursing, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California


"Thank you so much for reaching out – I have thought of you every hour since we last saw one another. You were truly a remarkable and inspirational speaker and you made our event the gift to our leaders that we wanted it to be!
I am excited to share with you the feedback from the event – it is truly heartwarming to read the amazing way you touched the hearts of so many of our leaders. This is our 8th forum and highest ranking one – 94.5% rated it Excellent or Very Good with by far the best rated section being yours and the majority of comments about you.
I will compile them and send them your way.
I hope your travels home were uneventful and that you enjoyed your time with your lovely daughters!".

Stacey Parkin, MBA | I partner for health and healing
Director - Service Excellence | MultiCare Health System


"Thank you so much for connecting Palmetto Health with Lisa DeLong as our guest inspirer at Tuesday’s Leadership Institute Workshop. Lisa exceeded my expectations! Leaders are still completing our feedback survey, but with 400 leaders already completing the survey she has a 90% “strongly agree” response rate, which is fantastic and higher than any other speaker that day.< br /> Many leaders commented that she was the best part of the day, reconnected them to why they got into healthcare and one even said it was one of the top three inspirational speakers she has heard in her 45 years at Palmetto Health.
I will share the feedback with her when our survey closes but wanted to share this with you. I especially appreciate her joining us for the entire day Tuesday. I think this made a huge impact and allowed her to connect more with the audience. Her referencing Mr. Beaman’s comments and others made it seem like she was a part of the team.".

Bridgett Tupper, Leadership Institute Specialist
Organization & Talent Development


"Everyone in healthcare should hear Lisa's inspiring story and read her book.  She touched our hearts and our funny bone with inspiration, personal stories, and her genuine concern for our well-being.  Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your story and teaching all of us.".

Kathleen Ruccione, PhD, MPH, RN, CPON, FAAN Director, HOPE Resource Center for Health Education
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics | Keck School of Medicine of USC
Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


We can't thank Lisa enough for being the most important part of our ELNEC Conference.  Her thoughts and experiences as, both, a nurse mum and bereaved mum, are invaluable to everyone.  We hope we can have her come and speak again!”.

Palliative Care Coordinator at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, Oakland, California


“Once again, Lisa made such an amazing impression on the nursing students.  Her book and her visit to our class touched the students and caused an emotional excitement within them to be caring nurses to their patients and their families.  Thank you Lisa for taking the time to share your story with the students. They will take what they learned from you and apply it to the care of hundreds and thousands of patients and families!”.

Tina Rorick, RN, MSN, CPN Associate Professor of Nursing
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California


“I wanted you to know what a genuine, articulate, compassion- centered speaker Lisa Delong has been on several occasions while working with Providence Trinity Care Hospice Health Services. Although the topics have often been very delicate, she always maintained a professional and personal presence that brought home the message desired. On several occasions we asked her to be prepared to sell her book, Blood Brothers. Not surprising that the lines were long and each book sold with a caring word. She has a particular gift at "knowing her audience". Intuitively she can listen and lead, knowing when it is time to make certain information known.  I do consider the times we have made presentations or met personally with others a privilege.”

Gay Walker RN CHPN
Providence Health Services
Trinity Kids Care Program Development


“Lisa’s willingness to share her story and her strength was truly a gift.  Her participation had a huge impact on those in the room and I understand that people were talking about it long after it was over.  I heard people mention finding comfort and encouragement in seeing how she had “found life in the midst of loss.” For me personally, it was an honor to hear about Justin and her family.  I am so grateful and inspired by her graciousness in sharing so candidly her joys and her sorrows.  I do hope to see her again soon!”.

Devon Dabbs
Executive Director/Co-Founder at Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, San Francisco Bay Area


“Lisa’s insight and valuable wisdom will help us to provide a higher quality of care to our patients.  Thank you, Lisa, for having the courage to share your advice and stories with us.  We will take your valuable lessons back to the bedside and continue to improve to care for all of our children.  May the light form your child light a thousand other lights and thus never go out!”.

Joetta Wallace, MSN, RN.
Program Coordinator Pediatric Supportive & Palliative Care Service
Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Miller Children's Hospital 


"Gentlemen, Today’s Leadership Workshop was one of the BEST ever.  Lisa DeLong’s story is perfect for health care workers to hear.  If she doesn’t make you re-commit to the vision, nothing will.  (The tissues were flying at my table). What a great day!  What a Phenomenal day!!!".

Jim, CEO


"Good Afternoon, Thank you so much for connecting our Health Care center with Lisa DeLong as our guest inspirer at Tuesday’s Leadership Institute Workshop. Lisa exceeded my expectations! Leaders are still completing our feedback survey, but with 400 leaders already completing the survey she has a 90% “strongly agree” response rate, which is fantastic and higher than any other speaker that day.

Many leaders commented that she was the best part of the day, reconnected them to why they got into healthcare and one even said it was one of the top three inspirational speakers she has heard in her 45 years of working in healthcare.

I especially appreciate her joining us for the entire day Tuesday. I think this made a huge impact and allowed her to connect more with the audience. Her referencing our CEO’s comments and other’s made it seem like she was a part of the team.".

Leadership Institute Specialist
Organization & Talent Development, April 2015


"Lisa DeLong, Good Evening. Just a quick note. I was assigned to read your book as course material for my ob/peds rotation with COC nursing. Initially I thought it odd, but quickly was intrigued and finished it in two sittings. Thank you for sharing your story, it was wonderful, if that's possible. I found myself smiling, gut wretched, and tearful often at the same time. Maybe our lives have crossed paths, I have two daughters 13 & 15 that are runners, we also live in Santa Clarita, my oldest a sophomore at Saugus. I am hopeful to graduate and start a career in oncology, with so many commonalities your story was very relatable and offered dynamic perspective. Your strength is amazing. Best Wishes.".

Renee Sehenuk, Student Nurse


"Good Morning Craig and Dee, I HAVE to manage-up Lisa DeLong and what she brings to Studer Group and our partners. My El Paso partners have been with Studer Group since 20008, and I began coaching them in November, 2015. As we approached our LDIs, we refreshed our LDI team as the leadership feedback has been that the LDIs are becoming stale and repetitive. They were wondering “does Studer Group have anything else to offer with speaking and fresh ideas.” Well…. I knew the power that is the one and only Lisa DeLong, and knew this team and especially this new LDI team needed her more than they realized. Fast forward to yesterday’s LDI, and EVERY SINGLE LEADER said “This is exactly what we needed!!”

This team knows the right things to do, they struggle with connecting to the why and the purpose. Lisa brought it back to them, and as their Coach who has been drilling into the “why” since November, I am BEYOND grateful for Lisa finally pushing this team to see the light!! Thank you Lisa for being such a light for this team, sharing your vulnerability and sharing your creativity (like the salsa dancing below!). I am eternally grateful for Lisa DeLong! She inspires me to be a better coach and speaker!".

Kristie Tobias, MHA/ Coach kristie.tobias@studergroup.com Partner Relations Coordinator: Allison Smith P (850)439-5859 | allison.smith@studergroup.com
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