An inspiring story of strength, love and devotion.
Sandra K. Johnson, Ph.D.
Fighting for Life with Tenacity and Courage
Late Man’s Sister Finishes the Story of the Life of a Lupus Warrior in New Book
(Cary, North Carolina – June, 2008) “I knew something was not right with my whole body. I was too young to be feeling like this….I was getting very frustrated now.” These are the words of Gregory Garland Johnson at the age of 20, as he described his failing body and his fight to overcome Lupus. The new book, GREGORY: The Life of a Lupus Warrior, is the story of Gregory’s life and his efforts to live a rewarding life in the midst of his tremendous medical hardship. During the same time period, Gregory says “I was growing up quickly. I had total control of my life. I was making my own decisions now, without any outside interference. I made mistakes, but they were my own….I was learning to be a man and to be responsible on my own.”
Gregory lived for 35 years. The book chronicles his tragic and uplifting life as a Lupus warrior. In the early years before his diagnosis, Gregory was young, vibrant, full of energy, exhibiting a passion for life and a promising future. After his diagnosis, Gregory was slow and reserved, and his future was unknown. The book is written in two parts, the first is an autobiography, the second a biography. Gregory died before he completed this work, and his sister, Sandra, completed it on his behalf.
Gregory’s story is one of love, compassion and service. In spite of his medical condition, Gregory’s spirit was warm and inviting. He rose above his circumstances to live a good life, with wonderful friends and family who loved him. It is a story of the triumph of the human spirit when in difficult circumstances. Gregory’s story will renew your own desire to help your fellow man, whatever your circumstance. As you read the story of this warrior who fought for life, the warrior in you will be encouraged to let your light shine until your day is done.
Sandra K. Johnson was diagnosed with non-life-threatening discoid Lupus nine months after Gregory’s death. She is a technology trailblazer and the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. During her 20 years at IBM, she has accumulated over 35 patents and patent applications and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Sandra has a passion for encouraging and inspiring others, and was encouraged to complete Gregory’s story to share with others.
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