February 14, 2018
Nonfiction | Caregiving | Women’s Interest
CJ Golden (Newtown, CT)
Author of One Pedal at a Time: A Novice Caregiver and Her Cyclist Husband Face Their New Normal with Courage, Tenacity, and Abundant Love
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CJ Golden may be a sweet, 70-something grandma-type; however, she is anything but typical.
Continually reinventing herself, Golden has enjoyed successful careers as: a speech and hearing therapist, group sales manager of an Equity playhouse, has acted professionally on stage, screen, and TV in New York and Los Angeles, and is a published author of poetry, short stories, essays, articles and blogs.
In her late 50’s, Golden reached a personal crisis when she became a grandmother– for her a difficult transition. During this time, she revisited the Taoist principles she had learned years earlier in college, and discovered their practical application to modern life.
On the good advice of a friend, Golden conducted extensive research with women around the country, through seminars and workshops, to better understand how they handle the same transitions and challenges she herself was facing.
A freelance columnist, author and motivational speaker, Golden currently travels the country from coast-to-coast inspiring her audience to seek and find an easier path through life using her Tao of the Defiant Woman philosophy.
Golden’s voice is one-of-a-kind that imparts wisdom while staying completely accessible to her audience; like a spunky fairy-godmother with the occasionally red or green tipped hair, she is a shoulder to lean on and a ‘rock on’ motivator all in one.
The Tao of the Defiant Woman, her first book, was born out of a love of writing and personal desire to share her findings and stories from the women she had met. And her second book, Tao-Girls Rule! for teen and pre-teen girls, was written when the women whom she came in contact with asked for a similar book for their daughters and granddaughters. One Pedal at a Time is CJ’s third book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
One Pedal at a Time: A Novice Caregiver and Her Cyclist Husband Face Their New Normal with Courage, Tenacity, and Abundant Love follows – in real time – the yearlong journey of a long-distance cyclist during and after his cancer- induced strokes.
Presented in three parts, CJ Golden shares her accessible and honest experience – a balanced mix of somber reflections and light moments that highlight a very real passage in the lives of a husband and wife who love each other unequivocally. As caregiver, Golden holds nothing back because she wants others who are unexpectedly thrown into the role of caregiver to know they are not alone.
Meet Joe and CJ as they are joined together in a marriage built on love, mutual respect and support. This sets the stage for the strength of CJ’s devotion to help Joe survive the cancer and subsequent strokes that threatened to take his life. It also helps to understand the depth of Joe’s tenacity in weathering the forces of nature that threatened to bring a premature end to his cycling adventures.
CJ shares real-time email updates about Joe’s illness, from the dire first months to the present and his miraculous recuperation, followed by a corresponding lesson CJ learned as caregiver, sharing information and encouragement to others in the same position.
Golden assures the reader that there can be hope and light in even this most dire of situations.
Caregivers will find a list of available physical, emotional and financial resources at the end of the book.
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- A unique love story for Valentine’s – In sickness and in health
- February 16, 2018 is National Caregiver’s Day
- March is Women’s Empowerment Month – 5 Steps Women Can Take to Gain Control in Situations That Feel Out-of-Control
- Hospital 101 – shadowing medical staff; asking the right questions to get answers that will help get the most effective care for a loved one
- 5 Tips to make the transition from hospital care to home care a little easier
- Those Hidden Cracks in relationships – surprising ways people respond or don’t when you’re experiencing tragedy. How to help them help you.
- Magical Thinking – what is it? and can it affect your loved one’s survival?
- Much to be Thankful For – 3 Simple Ways to find the positive in very negative circumstances
- Life Redux – life is different after the healing – how to start over with your new normal
- One Pedal at a Time – Steps to get through debilitating illness and the recovery process