“You Touched Me; Therefore, I Am” is a book about my life, Dr. Pearlia Mae Wallace Derrick. I have recounted my professional life as an educator as well as a wife, and mother. Education, work experiences and philosophy, family, travel. hobbies and family life are topics I have discussed with candor and wise insights. My commitment to the religious life of service is evident throughout the book. My story of life lived with challenges but lived well, provides inspiration for young people who are searching for encouragement as they begin their adult life. My life story is also of special interest to others who may be struggling with what may appear to be limited opportunities. Readers find in this book a story of positive response to life in all its dimensions.