Carol Graham Pereira presents and signs Helder’s Story: A Death with Dignity
Helder’s Story: A Death with Dignity is the loving account of a man's extraordinary battle against cancer and, more importantly, his joy for life. Helder was one of 111 documented people in California who took aid-in-dying medication the first year the End of Life Option bill passed in 2016. Stricken by both addiction and cancer, Helder used the lessons he learned in fighting the first, to keep the second at bay for an extraordinary number of active, happy and inspirational years. In this direct chronicle of her husband's life, Carol Pereira pulls back the curtain, revealing the effort required to choose happiness and the difficult choice to take the aid-in-dying medication.
Cynthia Lim presents and signs Wherever You Are: A Memoir of Love, Marriage, and Brain Injury
Cynthia Lim thought she had the perfect life: a husband who was a successful attorney, a fulfilling career in education, two teenage sons in private school, and a home in Los Angeles rich in books, music, and art. Then in 2003, her husband Perry suffers a cardiac arrest and brain injury, lingering in a coma for ten days before slowly awakening. A different person emerges, one who has lost his short-term memory and is fully dependent on others. Married for twenty years, she doesn't know how much of his former self will return as she fights for the treatment and care he needs.