The Defense Rests: Lessons Learned Through Illness and Grief

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Kathryn Perrin Cosper
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.85 inches | 1.07 pounds

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About the Author
Kathryn Perrin Cosper, nicknamed Kandy, has worked as a writer in marketing, communications, and development for business and nonprofit organizations for more than thirty years. She retired as a grant writer for United Family Services (now Safe Alliance) in Charlotte, NC, securing funding for programs in mental health counseling, consumer credit counseling, housing, child abuse prevention, and services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. A Presbyterian elder, she is the author of an award-winning book, Covenant Presbyterian Church: The First Fifty Years. A native of Greensboro, NC, she graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and earned a BA in Education with a major in English, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has sung in choirs and local productions from an early age. Kathryn was married for 45 years to Harvey L. Cosper, Jr., a defense attorney specializing in medical malpractice and member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He died in 2015 after several years of prolonged illness. Their three grown children work as a pediatric surgeon, a university professor of music, and an attorney. An active grandmother, volunteer, reader, cook, walker, and beachcomber, she resides in Charlotte with her two rescue dogs.
"Kathryn Cosper has journeyed with her family into the treacherous country of serious illness and grief, its terrors and struggles as well as its surprising moments of grace and gratitude. She is a remarkable witness to a love that is indistinguishable from courage, and a strength that no one has until the ordeal calls it forth. And she has brought back a great deal of wisdom and grace. She has very good counsel for those who will either undertake that journey themselves or accompany one whom they love. Her hard-earned wisdom and patiently-won advice will help all those, including pastors and pilgrims, who find themselves, one day, drawn into this same long journey." Dr. Thomas Currie, retired dean, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte "When a health crisis strikes, we often don't know what to do, in part because we cannot truly understand what the patient and family are going through. Kathryn Cosper paints with compelling narrative and raw vulnerability the struggles, joys, catastrophes, victories, setbacks, and blessed moments of 'normalcy' that are the exhausting roller coaster of life with a serious illness. Interspersed with practical advice, hilarity, and heartache, this book will help all of us be better friends and caregivers when the unthinkable happens." Josephine Hicks, author of If There Is Anything I Can Do