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Mental health counselor Blaire Sharpe details the undying bonds of family in new memoir

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I believe it is because of the tragedies and challenges I experienced early in life that I learned to truly appreciate my life and the people around me.

The “sandwich generation” -- those who have a living parent age 65 or older that are either raising a child under age 18 or supporting a grown child -- are pulled in many directions. Not only do many provide care and financial support to their parents and their children, but nearly 4 out of 10 baby boomers say both their grown children and their parents also rely on them for emotional support.

When each of her three children were all less than 10 years old, mental health counselor Blaire Sharpe moved the woman who raised her, her grandmother, into her home to care for her throughout her final days.

In “Not Really Gone,” Sharpe shares the inspirational story of her close relationship with her grandmother and expands on the true meaning of love, commitment and what it means to be a mother.

“My grandmother valiantly struggled against and defied our family’s legacy of alcoholism and depression,” Sharpe said. “She modeled strength and wisdom to endure the most challenging of times, which I’ve always tried to emulate for my three children.”

In her memoir, Sharpe also details her tumultuous youth, including her parents’ divorce, the tragic death of her father, her struggle with alcoholism and addiction, and domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I believe it is because of the tragedies and challenges I experienced early in life that I learned to truly appreciate my life and the people around me, and to live each day with curiosity and contentment,” Sharpe said.

For more information visit http://www.blairesharpe.com.

Not Really Gone
By Blaire Sharpe
ISBN: 978-1-5049-0523-7
Available in hardcover, softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the Author
Blaire Sharpe holds masters degrees in business and mental health counseling. She specializes in working with adults suffering from mood disorders and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Blaire currently lives in a suburb of Detroit with her husband, three children and two dogs.

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