(PEDAL DOWN PROMOTIONS) April 21, 2021 – After losing her 18-year-old son, Dillon, to an undiagnosed allergic reaction to a bee sting in 2014, Mishicot, Wis. resident Angel Mueller found comfort and clarity in writing religious-based poetry as a way to work through her grief.
Nearly seven years after Dillon’s passing, Mueller has released her debut poetry book “Wheels Up – Grief to Peace,” inspired by Dillon’s live-in-the-moment youthful vigor and uncanny ability to engage people through his dynamic personality. The book also chronicles Mueller’s complex process of dealing with the deep-seated feelings associated with her youngest son’s sudden death.
Published by Pedal Down Promotions of Manitowoc, Wis, Mueller’s first book release is designed to help others dealing with the loss of a loved one, provide a glimpse into Dillon’s short, but impactful life and continue the mission of Dillon’s Law by pursuing similar life-saving epinephrine legislation throughout the United States.
“The suffocating, unbearable pain of losing my 18-year-old son, Dillon, to an undiagnosed bee sting allergy is what led me to write these poems,” Mueller said. “They are more like prayers on paper, gifted to me by God. It was when I was emotionally at my worst, the urge to write came on strong. The poems in the book are in order as I wrote them so the reader will journey along with me from ‘Grief to Peace.’
“The tone of my poems start out very gloomy and dismal, expressing the indescribable gut-wrenching pain I was feeling,” she said. “Next comes the ‘aha’ moment and divine words of wisdom which comforted me. Every single poem will leave the reader feeling inspired and hopeful. These words came to me straight from Heaven, so quickly, that I grabbed whatever was close to write with and on, including napkins. The message is, ‘We are never alone.’ The tiniest bit of positivity or faith, whatever the reader wants to call it, can spark the slightest motivation to slowly lift ones foot to take the very next step. How we carry our burdens, and we all have them, can make the trip as easy or hard as we choose. We are ultimately, with God’s help, in charge of the destination. I chose peace.”
After engaging in various forms of writing as a hobby throughout her life, “Wheels Up – Grief to Peace” serves as a launching pad for what Mueller hopes will be a lengthy career as an author.
“I have written a little poetry prior to this mostly in the form of children’s stories to tell my kids at bedtime,” Mueller said. “I was always good at language arts and spelling, calling myself the ‘word girl’ before it was a real character. Telling made-up stories to our boys when they were small is a fond memory I will cherish forever.”
Mueller says the process of transforming her very raw and personal poems into a professional published book for public consumption included a substantial learning curve.
“The process leading to publication of these poems into book form was not an easy one for me,” she said. “For a few years, I had been daydreaming about turning these poems into a book, or even music. Sharing my poetry on Facebook and word-of-mouth lead me to Pedal Down Promotions. With their guidance, I took the steps necessary to convert my hurried writing, which looked like chicken scratch, into typed material. From there, I needed to proofread them several times, not so much to correct spelling errors, but to add necessary punctuation to ensure the reader feels the exact same emotion I was feeling at that moment. Revisiting these writings stirred up emotions with a peaceful intensity and a tear here and there, but I soon realized I am still Dillon’s mom and I still love and miss him every day.
“I also wanted to add pictures throughout the book to depict Dillon’s personality,” Mueller said. “These photos and Dillon deserve an honorable caption. This was grueling for me as I struggled with ‘self-imposed’ responsibility to make the ‘essence’ of Dillon palatable. I was reassured, through prayer, that it would all be ‘just right.’”
Mueller’s ultimate goal in releasing “Wheels Up – Grief to Peace” is to provide inspiration and renewed purpose to those that may be dealing with pain, grief and any form of loss in their lives.
“My main goal in publishing this book first and foremost is to offer hope to those who may feel there is no way out,” Mueller said. “Losing a child in the prime of their life to such an extraordinary event can throw anyone into a deep dark place with no life preserver available. This book of heartfelt, spiritually intuitive poetry is a life preserver I’m throwing to those who feel there is no way out of that dark place, no matter what circumstances put them there.
“The second goal in publishing this book is to open the eyes of every reader and their family and friends to the fact that allergies are real,” she said. “Allergies can be fatal. There is a common sense solution, easily delivered, at little cost, that has already been proven to save lives. Dillon’s Law NEEDS to be nationwide. Get trained. Carry epinephrine. Save a life. Let’s do it for Dillon.”
Through her drive, determination and talent for public speaking, Mueller is aiming to share her book with the public without rest until her mission is complete.
“Looking ahead I hope to promote this book across the state and the nation,” Mueller said. “Book signings and personal presentations are my goal. I hope to see this story offered in churches, libraries, clubs and support groups of all kinds. This is a story which needs to be told. My hope is that this topic of death, grief and healing and by divine intervention will open the flood gates to legislation across the country. The Amber Alert was our template. That was birthed from tragedy. This too can do the same. ‘Something good from something bad, it’s the only dream I ever had.’”
Mueller will hold a book launch party for “Wheels Up – Grief to Peace” on Saturday, May 22 at Port Sandy Bay, located at 6421 County Road O in Two Rivers from noon to 3:30 p.m. Mueller will be signing copies of the book, which will be available for purchase during the drop-in event.
“Wheels Up – Grief to Peace” is now available for purchase for $17 at Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or by contacting Angel Mueller directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on Dillon’s Law can be found by visiting http://www.epifordilly.com.
A class was held tonight at the VFW in Mishicot. These seven participants now have the knowledge to recognize a severe allergic reaction and administer an epinephrine auto injector with confidence. They can SAVE A LIFE! Another class is scheduled Thursday May 20th, 6 p.m. at the VFW in Mishicot, Wi.
25 team members from the Hollandtown Fire Department became trained and certified to carry and administer an EPINEPHRINE auto injector better known as an EpiPen.
We most recently trained Hollandtown Fire Dept. with 20 members participating. Thank you Nolan Merryfield!
Michels Corporation headquartered in Brownsville, Wi. had us come and teach several members of their paving crew. I did my very first ” train the trainer” session with one of their safety guys, Mitchel, who can now go out and teach the “Do it for Dillon” anaphylaxis training program on his own. See a class, take a class, and teach a class with our supervision and you can become a ” volunteer instructor” as well. Thank you Jason Kakuk for encouraging your employer to have us come out and get educated!
Festival Foods in Manitowoc now has some trained employees in its store. You can be sure to shop safely with knowledgable staff who can recognize a severe allergic reaction and respond quickly with confidence.
WHEELS UP-GRIEF TO PEACE
My book I wrote is in its final stages of publication. After Dillon died I worked through my grief by writing poetry. This will provide hope and inspiration to those who may be feeling there is no way back. STAY TUNED
In July, the “Epi for Dilly” act was introduced by Congressman Glenn Grothman in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. The bill, which is a federal bill, was introduced and is now onto the next step. The “Epi for Dilly” Act is Dillon’s Law with a few incentives for states that chose to implement it. Stay tuned for more updates. I’m hopeful that George and I will be able to visit our nations capitol and express our sincere gratitude for allowing us to be pioneers in saving lives in Dillon’s honor.
DO IT FOR DILLON
Thank you for your continued support.
Angel and George and trained 18 participants at Celebration Church on Saturday, January 25th. Now they are able to recognize a severe allergic reaction and administer an epinephrine auto-injector. PRAISE GOD! Saving Lives 1 class at a time. If your group in Wisconsin is interested in hosting a free 1 hour training course please email us. You can also take a course through the Red Cross.
The Indiana Osteopathic Association is working to get epinephrine auto-injectors in the hands of trained individuals to save lives. Representatives Barrett, Davisson, and others from the Indiana House of Representatives Public Health Committee have sponsored a bill based on Wisconsin’s “Dillon’s Law.” If it becomes law, individuals can go through state-approved training, purchase epinephrine at a pharmacy through a standing order, then carry it with you should you ever need it to help save a life.
For details see the post on the IOA Facebook page.
UPDATE: Indiana has now adopted their version of Dillon’s Law!!! Get trained, carry epi, save a life!
On January 16, 2020, Bellin Health Manitowoc hosted an after-hour event for the community to become certified to carry an epinephrine injector. It was led by certified instructor, Angel Mueller, a resident of Manitowoc County. Angel and her husband, George, have made it their life’s mission to train and certify as many people as they can so that others do not have to experience the tragedy their family did in 2014.
Their 18-year-old son, Dillon, died from a bee sting reaction and if epinephrine had been available, his life may have been saved. In 2017, Governor Scott Walker signed a law making Wisconsin the first state to allow an individual to become certified to obtain a prescription and use an epinephrine injector. This is called “Dillon’s Law.” Angel and George travel across Wisconsin providing an hour-long lecture and training for free. This course enables the participants to recognize a severe allergic reaction
and administer the life-saving medication epinephrine. At the completion of the course, participants were given certificates, good for four years, and information on how to obtain a prescription for an epinephrine injector at low or no cost depending on what brand they choose. If anyone is interested in having Angel do a free hour-long training course, she can be reached at (920) 905-3863, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
- Harescramble races: are 1.5 & 2 hour long endurance races on a dirtbike or quad thru fields, woods and rough terrain. Last year our course was 4 miles in length.
- 50/50 raffle
- bucket raffles
- bake sale
- lawnmowers “quit time” raffle
- New racers and Public welcome
- Overnight camping free for those with campers (no water or power hookup in our field)
- Mueller 115 apparel and anaphylaxis definition t-shirts for sale.
- This is our only fundraiser of the year along with t-shirt sales. Please come out and enjoy the country and support our mission of offering FREE state certified anaphylaxis training courses, continuing education, community events, scholarships and allergy awareness as well as working to get Dillons Law nationwide. MN now has Dillons Law (MNSF1257)
- DILLONS LAW ( 2017 Wi. Act 133) allows ANYONE who is trained to carry and administer an epinephrine autoinjector to anyone they believe is suffering from a severe allergic reaction and be covered by the good samaritan law. This is what we teach to ANYONE for FREE. The ‘Do it for Dillon’ save a life anaphylaxis training course is WI state approved and taught by certified instructors.
- LETS DO IT FOR DILLON
- The Dillon Mueller Memorial Fund is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization ran by 100% volunteers. Your support can help us continue to save lives in Dillons honor. (see news tab) Angel Mueller, Dillons Mom President- DILLON MUELLER MEMORIAL FUND Instructor- ‘Do it for Dillon’ save a life anaphylaxis training program