“. . .Beautifully written, My Turn on the Couch is a treasure of lessons for all of us on how to live an authentic life filled with joy, vitality and intimacy regardless of prognosis . . .”
—Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the Mind &
Life Institute and author of Leaves Falling Gently
“My Turn on the Couch is a hopeful, inspiring work of beauty. Carol’s voice—strong, faithful, loving, and kind—comes alive on the pages of this book as she describes her family’s and her own cancer journey. . .”
—Rachael Palm, Communications Coordinator, Hospice of
l to r: Chris, Darcy, Carol, and Tony Alimenti
My Turn on the Couch covers the span of nine years in the Alimenti family during which three family members each face a shattering cancer diagnosis. This is a true story of how that family confronted these challenges, drew closer as a family, and remained resilient despite the hardships. The primary author, Carol Alimenti, tells the story of her mother’s struggle with cancer, coping, caring, and fighting for her son, Chris, who was diagnosed with leukemia, then having to face her own terminal diagnosis. While caring for her son, she must come to accept the finality of her own life. The book began as a journal and as therapy, but transformed into a collaborative project among the family members as they united to help Carol finish this book and cross the final goal off her bucket list. All the family members who ultimately contributed to this story learned what it meant to be “on the couch.”
This compelling story is a testimony to the power of love, family, hope, and an unbridled faith in God. These key ingredients have allowed the Alimentis to defy the odds in the hope that one day they will reunite again in a land without suffering, tears, and pain—and most of all—without cancer.