Obsidian Rose: Reclaiming A Life After Loss

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Obsidian Rose, Karen Vanderyt’s sequel to Afterglow, illustrates an awakening, a coming out of the fog of grief to claim a stronger personal spirit, ready for new challenges and triumphs with Siddie, a steadfast companion, by her side. Afterglow, her memoir about commitment and family, heartbreak and loss, was heralded a love story. This exercise in remembrance, extension of grieving, and labor of love came soon after losing her husband of over 39 years, Bill, to incurable brain cancer. She wrote to convince herself their love had not been a mirage and to attempt to make sense of all that happened during those swift three months from diagnosis until his passing. Obsidian Rose shows the author’s reality still full of memories and mourning, but how bringing a Lab puppy into her home while navigating everyday hills and valleys reinforced her determination to create a new life for herself. "Not since Marley and Me has a dog story so touched my heart and reminded me of the power our animal friends have to help us heal." --Zoe Hicks, inspirational writer and speaker "A love story that rings true on every page, one which shows us how beloved people, places and pets brought her through grief and soothed her loneliness." --Linton C. Hopkins, MD, retired neurologist and author of Where Bobby Learned to Play: East Lake Golf Club of Atlanta "A great example of how to rebuild your life after horrible things happen." --Jim Beach, SBA Award Winning Radio Host, McGraw-Hill and Wiley Bestselling Author

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Karen J. Vanderyt still lives at the end of Thornbriar Road in the old stone house which she lovingly wrote about in her first book, Afterglow. For 29 Years, she and her husband, Bill, reclaimed this plot of land, respecting its unique qualities by adding color and variety to the landscape surrounding their sturdy family home. In 2009, Bill passed away from Glioblastoma Multiforme, a currently incurable form of brain cancer. Writing her first book, Afterglow, was an exercise in remembrance, an extension of grieving, and a labor of love. Obsidian Rose, the sequel, illustrates a reality still full of memories and mourning, but how bringing a Lab puppy into her life while navigating everyday hills and valleys over the following two years reinforced her determination to create a new life for herself. Karen met Bill while attending Cornell University. After study and courtship for two years, they married and moved to Atlanta where Bill completed his medical degree and residency, and Karen finished her English degree, both at Emory University. Though certified to teach high school English, she worked in a doctor’s office for a few years before choosing to raise their three children, “manage” a bustling household, and catch moments to garden, paint and sculpt. After growing up in Oregon, California, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota following the professional football career of her father Norm Van Brocklin, her home in Georgia has been by far her longest stay in one location. Currently, she is building a home in Oregon on land she and Bill bought decades ago, land where they planned to fulfill a dream of retirement, a dream she is realizing. Karen began writing seriously when taking classes with Wayne South Smith (www.waynesouthsmith.com), who revitalized her cathartic practice of journaling and opened up a new world when he nudged her towards exploring written projects to share. She has written a children’s book for each of her eight grandchildren in celebration of their first birthdays, a series of self-illustrated, playful stories about the adventures of the pets at Thornbriar. But it was Afterglow that brought her process of journaling and memoir together. Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (www.abc2.org) will receive Karen’s donation of all proceeds from the softcover and e-book versions of both titles. Karen’s heart is aligned with ABC2’s mission “to invest in research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure.”

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