A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing
By J. Dietrich Stroeh & Bill Meagher
J. Dietrich Stroeh's life came apart after learning that his wife had pancreatic cancer. The Stage Four diagnosis took him on the roller coaster ride of his life. Overnight, this successful businessman became a caregiver powerless over the course of his wife's illness. He had to face internal weaknesses and external obstacles in order to take care of her and, when the time came, lovingly let her go.
Stroeh chronicles his journey in the upcoming release of Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing (ISBN # 978-0-9822888-5-6 $19.95, Folkheart Press, 2012). This 108 page book takes readers inside the Stroeh household where home care, medical decisions and much needed laughter give extraordinary shape to an unexpected and devastating illness.
The book also provides easy to read care-giving tips and useful resources that Stroeh picked up in the course of only three months time. Advocating for a loved one, caring for one's self, being part of the medical team and handling grief are only a few of the topics that are addressed simply in this first-person story.
"Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing is both a love story and a guidebook. Anyone going through an experience with a terminal illness would benefit from reading it," said Dr. Kim Allison, MD, Director of Breast Pathology at University of Washington Medical Center.
An engineer by trade, J. Dietrich "Diet" Stroeh has headed up projects great and small, and managed the Marin Municipal Water District in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record. That experience was the basis for his first book, The Man Who Made it Rain, co-written with Michael McCarthy.
Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing is available at Amazon (Amazon.com), Barnes and Noble (BarnesandNoble.com) and at FolkHeart Press (FolkHeartpress.com). FolkHeart Press, a boutique publisher located in Northern California, specializes in personal narratives and original folklore material. For more information: www.threemonthsbook.com.