Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:07

Medicine Hat author releases memoir/self help book

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When Lorna Scott married her high-school sweetheart, she believed they would go off on a honeymoon, raise a couple children, buy a house or two and live into their golden years basking in the memories.


That dream was cut short when her husband Callum was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 54.
In her memoir titled Walking the Journey Together…Alone, Lorna shares the struggles she experienced juggling the demands of work, family and of caring for her terminally-ill husband.
This is the second interview in a two-part series about local authors who have written about difficult and life-changing events.
DL: When did you start to feel like you wanted to write about your experience?
LS: I started writing a blog in 2008 after Callum was diagnosed terminal. I started the blog because I needed a place where I could write what my feelings were. The intention was that it would be something that he would never read because I wanted to stay as positive as possible for him. I got a lot of good feedback on what I wrote and how powerful it was. People referred their friends who had cancer or who were caregivers to read my blog, as well.
And then I had a friend who said, “You know, you should write a book,” and I kind of laughed at her, but as I kept writing the blog I started writing it with the intention of writing a book.
DL: How has writing your book changed you?
LS: It helped me understand myself more and I think with that I’ll be able to help others. There were things that I had forgotten about. I pieced together why I did something or why I didn’t do something and what those impacts were. Some of it was good and some of it was not good for me, but it was a deeper understanding. It helped me heal, as well. There was a lot of healing from the loss of Callum.
DL: Why share such a personal story?
LS: Ha ha, that’s a question I’ve likely asked myself more in the last month than I had in the whole time that I wrote. That’s been part of how I dealt and coped with the whole thing. Callum was far more private, but he was OK with what I shared. There’s been a lot of days when I go, “Oh my goodness, did I really plan to tell everybody all this stuff?”
To purchase a copy of Lorna’s memoir for yourself or a friend, it’s available at Amazon.ca or by contacting the author at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
(Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing. For more information about his speaking engagements, please phone 306-661-8975 or visit his website www.canoetoneworleans.com.)

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Dominique Liboiron

Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing.