University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Patricia Hollingsworth

I am a pediatric orthopedic nurse who lost my daughter, Keeley, to cancer in 2009. I have enjpyed a distinguished career, working more than 40 years in this field. For the past 25 years, I've worked at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Lexington, Kentucky.

When my daughter Keeley was diagnosed with brain cancer at only 23 years of age, I had the formidable task of making the best out of a harrowing situation. Her death left me consumed with grief, anger, fear, loneliness and depression. After many years of grieving, I've managed to rediscover my faith in life through friendship with others who had also lost a child. They remind me I'm not alone on this hellacious jorney and that hope and survival can prevail.

I currently reside in Lexington with my husband of 36 years, Berkeley. We have two beautiful children, Keeley and Hall, a daughter-in-law Crista, and two grandchildren, Winston and Darcy.

Although Keeley ultimately lost her battle to cancer, my love and determination to preserve my daughter's legacy have endured. This book serves as evidence of that. Its words have brought me healing and I hope it provides the same for others.

Scheduled events:
Joan Markwell, Janie Fields and Patricia Hollingsworth - Indie Author Tent Talk
Indie Author Pavilion - Tent Talks  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:40 am - 10:50 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction

Authors: Janie Fields, Patricia Hollingsworth, Joan Markwell
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Nonfiction
Indie Author Pavilion - Adult Nonfiction (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Authors: Helen Bell, Lindy Bruzzone, Richard Chamberlin, Patrick Dust, Janie Fields, Kiyoshi Fish, Mary Havens, Patricia Hollingsworth, Dennis Huffington, Dr. Bonnie Lyon, Jeff Mann, Joan Markwell, Paige Valdiserri, Gail Woodard

Softening the Grief
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Dudley Court Press
July 2017
ISBN 9781940013411
Paperback, 170 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Ease the Pain of Losing a ChildSoftening the Grief is both a companion for grieving mothers so they know they are not alone and a resource for people who want to be caring but are afraid they will say the wrong thing. More/less

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