About Bethany’s Calendar, my only nonfiction release.
In January of 2002, Elaine’s world flipped upside down. What started out as a beautiful New Year for the mom of three, turned into a living nightmare when her 23-year-old daughter, Bethany, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
In the months to come, Elaine not only used her nurse’s training, she learned to recognize the hand of God on her daughter’s life. Bethany’s Calendar tells the story of Elaine and Bethany’s journey and the many ways God helped their family to survive. It is a story of fear and faith, commitment and compassion, told with gut-wrenching honesty while sharing unwavering faith in God.
Bethany’s Calendar is a very poignant and honest depiction by Elaine Marie Cooper of how her family, daughter, and especially she, dealt with her daughter’s terminal illness. I was moved to tears as I read her story, which is filled with grace, love, and faith. As a Stephen Minister and Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern in South Carolina, I would highly recommend Bethany’s Calendar to any family member and caregiver who is dealing with a loved one’s critical or terminal illness. Especially instructive and helpful at the end of each chapter are the “Notes to Self,” the Bible verses that assisted the author, and “Notes to Others” of practical ways to support the patient and his or her family.
Jane O. Shuler, Ed.S., NCC, LPC-I, S.C. (Attorney, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Intern)
Beautifully crafted … poignant … heartrending, yet full of hope. In Bethany’s Calendar Elaine Marie Cooper lays open her “mother’s heart.” With grace, love, stunning honesty, and welcomed moments of humor she introduced me to and made me love and care for her dear, vivacious daughter until her loss became my own.
Susan F. Craft — mom, caregiver, and author of The Chamomile, a SIBA award winning Revolutionary War romantic suspense
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