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Cystic Fibrosis - A Memoir of Loss, Love and Survival
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Patricia welcomes former actress Heather Summerhayes Cariou, whose younger sister Pam was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and died of the disease. Now, two decades later, she has fulfilled her promise to tell Pam’s story with the publication of “SIXTYFIVE ROSES,” a roller coaster memoir full of tears, laughter, joy, and sorrow; the story of one family’s battle to keep a family together, and Pam’s memory alive.
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Heather Summerhayes Cariou Part One
Patricia and Heather discuss why Heather decided to write the book, what she learned from the way her sister handled living with cystic fibrosis, and the importance of overcoming your fears.
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Heather Summerhayes Cariou Part Two
Heather discusses her childhood, the power of choice, her favorite memories of her sister, and where the title of her book came from. She also talks about how her parents created the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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Heather Summerhayes Cariou Part Three
Patricia and Heather talk about the hope the book raises, dealing with the fears of passing on a genetic disease to your children, and the four pillars of Pams legacy. Heather also discusses handling the loss of a sibling.
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Heather Summerhayes Cariou Part Four
Heather talks about the experience of writing her book, and how it made her life richer, the common questions she gets from her readers, and offers advice on how to live with the loss of a loved one.
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Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir
In her beautifully written memoir, SIXTYFIVE ROSES, Heather Summerhayes Cariou offers a moving yet unflinching account of the hope, pain, and courage of her family as it fell apart and pulled itself together again and again, throughout her sister’s short but fruitful life. The heart of the story explores the relationship between Heather and Pam: one devastatingly ill, the other healthy but burdened with guilt as they journeyed through childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Heather Summerhayes Cariou
HEATHER SUMMERHAYES CARIOU was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario and educated in Toronto and New York. Her father is the Founding President of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and both her parents are recipients of the Order of Canada in recognition of their work in inaugurating the CCFF. A former professional actress and dancer, Cariou now lives with her husband, the actor Len Cariou, in New Jersey.

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