August 2017, I received a phone call from my dear friend Sally. "Linda has had an accident and it's really bad."
Life changed. Following 12 hours in surgery, I went to visit and found her lying helpless, motionless, attached to wires, a large brace around her neck and her eyes with a look I had never seen from Linda before, the look of fear, fierce fear.
A year later, we sat together facing the ocean and Linda began to talk. She carefully told me the thoughts that raced through her brain while listening to doctors explain who she was without knowing her. She discussed the pain, the fear, the doubts, the strength, the freedom, the simple joy, and the letting go in order to embrace.
Her desire was to create a short bedside book that could provide shortcut tips in order for anyone to face whatever they are going through. "This is not just about me" she would say. "That's dull, we all have our stress and I want this book to speak to everyone."
"It's all about YOU and me" is now available through www.lindapestana.com.
I will be proudly sitting next to Linda for a book signing on Sunday, February 23rd, 2:00pm - 4:00pm at:
The Clubhouse at The Villages on Mount Hope Bay,
120 Schooner Drive, Tiverton, RI 02878
This was a true honor to spend time with Linda, feverishly writing down her words, at times wiping away her tears, encouraging her talk when the memories were tough and some times just sitting together watching the sunset allowing love to bring its patent calm, and bringing strength for another day.
It's a special book because of Linda. An extraordinary woman who has so much to say and give.
"It isn't my disability that I want you to know about. It's my heart, my soul and my truth."
We would love to meet you and share her book with you, because to Linda, every heart is connected and deserves attention. "You deserve to find the right choice, your path, your time."
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