Losing My Husband, Saving My Family, and Finding My Voice
by Jenny Lisk
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Pub Date 05 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 22 Aug 2021
Bluhen Books, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
I don't want to scare you, said the primary care doctor.
But you need to see the neurosurgeon. Tomorrow.
Jenny Lisk had no idea what was coming. At forty-three, she had a lot going on. A full-time job. Two young kids. A home to manage.
And suddenly—a husband with inoperable brain cancer.
How could this be her life?
In between surgeries, ER visits, thousands of pills, and ultimately, hospice at home, Jenny kept her corner of the world updated through a CaringBridge online journal, and found strength through a community that rallied to her side.
She needed it.
Because she felt totally lost every time she thought about the future she never saw coming: parenting grieving children, and rebuilding some sort of life for three—out of four—members of her family.
You'll love this poignant memoir because it's heartbreakingly honest, and ultimately hopeful.
"Couldn't put it down."
"An honest and hopeful read."
"A must-read for anyone facing loss."
"Future Widow left a deep imprint on my heart."
"On one level you think you know how the story ends. On a more important level, that’s where the real story starts."
"Future Widow is a brave, raw and vulnerable look into the universal experience of grief."
"Well-written, masterfully crafted, highly practical--don't miss this book."
A Note From the Publisher
"Fellow travelers will find a soul mate in these pages, plus some helpful tips and resources. A heartbreaking but forthright, informative, and ultimately forward-looking cancer account."
"A polished heartbreaker touched with wit and insight.... This incisive memoir of the death of a husband faces grief with purpose and love."
"This book is one you never want to have to read. It's also the book everyone should read."|
—From the Foreword by Jana DeCristofaro, LCSW, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
"A poignant memoir and de facto guide for caring for a loved one."
—BJ Miller, MD, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Physician
"Frank, tender, real, and ultimately optimistic, Future Widow is the ultimate gift for someone going through the unthinkable."
—Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American
“It’s been said that one person’s survival story becomes another person’s survival guide. With Future Widow Jenny Lisk has written that and so much more. This isn’t just a story of surviving—it’s also a story of thriving.”
—Gina Warner, Founder, Badass Women’s Book Club
“Riveting, real and all too relatable, the kind of stuff you tell your friend in a late-night call when no one can hear you cry. Stunning.”
—Leslie Gray Streeter, author of Black Widow
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Average rating from 24 members
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this gorgeous book. Future Widow is heartbreaking and yet completely necessary I think for everyone to pick up. It’s sad, it’s hard to read, it’s emotional; but we all know someone who’s lost someone and while Jenny lost her spouse this can apply to anyone who’s lost someone they love. She speaks candidly about what a journey she and her family went through when her husband Dennis is diagnosed with glioblastoma. She shares the details of their eight month battle. She speaks candidly about what it’s like to have to be a caregiver and parent to two young children. I don’t know Jenny, but I was so touched by her story.
Grief looks different on everyone, and maybe you can’t relate exactly to her losses; but you can gain some knowledge and compassion because you never know when you’ll need it.
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