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 Here We Go Joe by Cora Darrah

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$12.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1515023180
July, 2015
Nonfiction: Family/Relationships
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"From a Marketing Director point of view, my job is to try to help families with one of the most difficult , gut wrenching decisions of placing mom or dad in assisted living. Every day, I walk and talk and hug with residents. I feel like I make a difference in their lives, providing an ear to a story, a shoulder for a lonely day, or just a good ole fashion hug. BUT, after reading Here We Go Joe, it opened my eyes to see that each resident has their own stories, trials, and tribulations. I thank Cora not only for opening my eyes, but for her insight and compassion in sharing Joe's journey and reminding us all to look beyond the obvious."
—Lin Schulz, Marketing Director for Croatan Village

"Cora, your book is such a beautiful thing. You not only have taken care of my brother, but I have also found some of myself in him with some of the things he has told you and others. I can understand a lot of his attitudes because I have seen so much of it in my mother, and I do find some of it in myself."
—Marilyn Kane, Joe's sister

"On Friday afternoon, I read your book about Joe. My emotions moved from sorrow to rejoicing and all manner of places in between. Some of it was truly heart wrenching and other parts caused me to feel warmth and love. Oh, you did an exceptional job with it; the detail was unbelievable."
—Nurtia Bullock, Family Friend

Here We Go Joe is a true story inspired by eighteen months that Cora Darrah spent assisting her husband and sister-in-law with the emotional decision of moving Joe-her father-in-law who suffers with dementia and lung cancer from his home in South Carolina to an assisted living community on the coast of North Carolina. Cora shares from the heart to inspire other families dealing with the devastating effects of dementia. Relying on her faith and hard learned lessons about living and dying with love and dignity. Cora shares her personal experiences, from relating to health professionals to managing family relationships.

Cora is a first-time author, married for thirty-six years, the mother of two beautiful daughters, and grandmother to four grandchildren. As a special educator for over thirty years teaching children with intellectual disabilities, Cora has a real passion for working with children who display autistic tendencies. Cora has recently begun blogging about her walk with God, which served as a catalyst for writing Here We Go Joe. Each post focuses on how God works in every situation, even times of suffering.

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