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I don't write reviews but felt I needed to with this one. The strength Steve had to have to write this book; so beautifully is amazing. Every word and detail written is heartfelt. I finished reading in two days as I had to stop because I couldn't make out the words between tears. I stumbled on Hayes on IG summer of 2016. His beautiful blue eyes drew me in. As a mother of two young boys; I felt drawn to his story. Hayes story taught me about Pediatric Cancer. I never knew how common it actually was. Ever since that day; my heart and prayers have been with the Tate's. I commend Steve and Savanna for sharing their story - putting it out for the world to learn about this horrid, nasty disease. Steve gives play by play of what their baby went through for "treatment". This truly is a wonderfully written story; helps you bring prospective to life and what really matters. Thank you for sharing Hayes with the world, he helps bring the good out of all of us. Proud to be apart of #Hayesarmy
Steve, Savanna, & family, Thank you for sharing Hayes with us. Although I already knew it was okay to be angry, yell, & beg why; Hayes showed me a way I could comer yo grips with the loss of 2 childhood friends. Reading your book comes on the heels of learning a dear, little girl has gone on hospice. She hates that word. Wonder where she got that idea? I often asked God during all my prayers for His will to be done. I didn't like his response to any of those prayers. I do know Hayes has gone to HI with you, was in the family photos this last year, & know he is with you. The fact God gave Hayes words to comfort you gives me more basis He hears our prayers, whether we like the answers or not. I asked God to make Hayes comfortable when he went to his new playground. I am thankful No & Mia were with you. Continue the work. The fight will continue for all the ones we know of & those who we don't. Prayers for you all.
"It's amazing how much emotion can prevent or allow us to do things. This lesson would soon become very clear, as when driven by negative emotions, we are unable to eat, drink, or even shower at times. They left us empty inside. They physically wore us down. On the other hand, when we felt hope and happiness, we could actually live."
Read this book in 2 days and found myself laughing and crying and learning so much from this warrior family. Thank you for sharing your story. I have not had a child with cancer, and hope I never do, but I learned a lot about hope, faith, prayer, attitude...living!! I pray I can live out of hope and cast away negative emotions as they arise.
This is THE truest representation of what life is like --living with someone who has an illness of this magnitude. It can only be expressed through the heart and soul of those who have lived it. This book is hell, this book is love, and this book is feeling the love parent(s) has for their child just like the Savior did. After reading this, you will feel like you in fact, lived it yourself. I appreciated the way they were able to keep it real and explain the realities of complex decision making in marriage, hospitals, and controversial yet beneficial use of cannabis. This needs more discussion.
Everything about this book is perfect!! Steve did an amazing job telling Hayes’s story. Even though the story itself is sad, it’s also amazing. It definitely opens your eyes and makes you appreciate life and family in a totally different light. It makes you aware of the small and big things you take for granted each day. It also makes you want to change things in your life all while becoming a Advocate for childhood cancer. I have been following the Tate’s for sometime now on social media platforms and once I did childhood cancer became very important to me. It’s definitely sad that seeing a picture of sweet Hayes made me want to learn more but it’s something about his eyes that draw you in and you instantly fall in love. I seriously think Steve and Savanna are truly wonderful and their strength is something I admire. You will definitely love this book and while reading it you will fall in love with the entire family.
Received this in the mail on Saturday, and finished it first thing Monday morning. There aren’t words good enough to express how I feel about this book.
I’ve followed the Tate family on instagram since before Hayes’ diagnosis. They are so incredibly faithful and loving.
This book is amazing. I laughed and cried. Boy, did I CRY. I mean, full tears streaming down my face cry. Hayes’ life may have been way too short, but he accomplished so much more than grown adults have in a lifetime. I feel so blessed that Steve and family allowed so many strangers into their personal lives. I might not have ever met Hayes, but he and his story has touched my heart and soul. I am determined to live each day focusing on the positives, and will try to be an even better mom to my five children.
God bless you, Tate family. I feel honored to have been able to hear more of Hayes’ story. Thank you for sharing him with the world!
This book should be read by everyone!!! Hayes is a wonderful, amazing young boy who this world lost way too soon. We are blessed to hear his story!! Steve does an amazing job allowing us into their lives so we can appreciate our loved ones and life more. I have shared this book with co workers, friends and family and even got my husband to read even though he hadn't read a book recreationally ever. I personally shed so many tears reading this book and am inspired to be more like Hayes! Even considering naming my next child's middle name after him. Hayes holds a special place in everyone's hearts!!
I follow this family on instagram and as a mom of 2 kids and a sister who has gone through cancer I loved their story! What an amazing family they all are and what a strong resilient boy Hayes was. I think I cried in every chapter putting myself in their shoes and knowing I would have the done exactly what this family did to try to save my kids. Thanks for sharing your story and your family!
This book is excellent! Steve Tate makes you laugh, smile, uncontrollably cry, and all the while some how makes you feel as if you are physically with his family during every joyful and tragic moment they experienced. It is raw, honest, and really will make you LOVE better. This entire family is filled with warriors! Hayes will always hold a special place in my heart! #hayestoughfoundation #hayesarmy
I was recommended this book by a friend who has a son battling leukemia. I wanted to dive into the life of parents who have had to go through the excruciating process of having a child with cancer and the family dynamics associated with it. I came away with much more than just a social and general awareness of the ins and outs that cancer affects a family with. I came away with upliftment and a peak inside what an amazing and tough little human those parents were privileged to have for his short duration on earth. We underestimate the characteristics of small children and how and what they can contribute to in their early months. I was also pleasantly surprised at the writing style of the author. His words flowed effortlessly along the pages probably because it’s easy for him to talk about his precious boy.