His first book: My Past Nine Years is about Bill's journey and one chapter is entitled: Reading and Writing. He stated, "The reason I wanted to write a book is to concentrate on positive things rather than sad things. I like to keep my attitude positive." This was his motto always even when he started on "baby books" which was fine with him because he was going to learn to read again. His first book that he read was I See Sam.
Throughout Bill's book, he writes about his difficulties with learning to write again and the letter "s" and how difficult it was to form. He used alphabet cards to help him learn his letter names and finally after months of practice he wrote his letters. He started reading at Level A with the help of his mentor/friend he reached Level L at the end of three years. His journey was amazing along with his perseverance and his positive attitude. Finally Bill's last sentence in his book is "Reading keeps your mind active and your thinking processes alive." I couldn't agree more Bill.
Finally, I didn't have the courage to speak at his funeral. My mother and our other family members found their voice and did an exquisite job. I found my voice in my blog post that I dedicate to an amazing man and true hero in my life. I will miss you Uncle Bill.