ONLINE: Faith Fuller Wilcox - "Hope Is a Bright Star" w/ Blyth Taylor Lord
Faith Fuller Wilcox, whose writings focus on the intersection of the humanities and medicine, presents her new memoir, Hope Is a Bright Star: A Mother’s Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again. Faith will be in conversation with Blyth Taylor Lord, Executive Director and Founder of The Courageous Parents Network.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A tender and honest recounting of one bereaved mother’s halting steps through the darkness of grief back toward the light of human connection. Sharing a compass for the journey through the reaches of grief, Wilcox offers compelling evidence of the redemptive power of love as a way to restore meaning to a world ruptured by loss.
Hope Is a Bright Star is the story of a mother’s journey from shock and fear at her young daughter’s cancer diagnosis to anguish and despair at her death just a year later—and, finally, to peace and acceptance of her new life.
When thirteen-year-old Elizabeth is diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, Faith is in awe of her courageous child, who faces her plight straight on and inspires all who meet her. Despite an army of medical professionals who provide innovative care for Elizabeth, she dies, and Faith and her surviving daughter, Olivia, are thrown into a maelstrom of grief. They find unexpected comfort in the arms of their family, friends, and community—but Faith faces another shock when she has her own cancer diagnosis while navigating the uncharted waters of a life she never expected. In time, Faith discovers moments and places of comfort and peace, and she slowly changes from a mother in despair to a woman with hope for the future. At turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, Hope Is a Bright Star reveals how abiding love can heal a family.
Hope Is a Bright Star has recently been awarded a gold medal from the Nonfiction Book Awards. "From the very beginning of the book, the reader is swept up into all the emotions that author Faith Wilcox pours onto each page. The depth of grief and heartbreaking loss is present throughout, but it is tempered by the strength of love and its enduring and amazing ability to heal even the deepest, most unfathomable pain -- the loss of a child. Readers who have suffered such a loss will find the author's emotional struggles familiar and raw, but the message of hope and survival in the face of such tragedy may help guide them through their own journey from darkness into light.” –Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Program
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Faith Fuller Wilcox believes that self-expression through writing leads to healing. Her writing is reflective of a growing body of medical research about “narrative identity,” which illuminates that how we make sense of what happens to us and the meaning we give to experiences beyond our control directly impact our physical and psychological outcomes. Her book, Hope Is a Bright Star: A Mother’s Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live Again, a Gold Award winner in the Nonfiction Book Awards, will be released by She Writes Press on June 8, 2021. Learn more at FaithWilcoxNarratives.com.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Blyth Taylor Lord founded Courageous Parents Network in 2014 and has since worked full-time with leaders in pediatric palliative care—doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, patient advocacy groups, palliative and hospice care providers—as well as with bereaved families, and families whose children are currently living with life-limiting illness. She serves on the board of National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, where she helps oversee NTSAD’s family support services, and as co-chair of the Parent Working Group for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine.