Penguin Bookshop to host launch of book by Sewickley father, son

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 11:03 AM

A father and son who teamed up to write a book about the joys of being a caregiver will be launching the book at 7 tonight at the Penguin Bookshop, 417 Beaver St., Sewickley.

George Shannon still lives in Sewickley, and his son Chad Patrick lives in Pittsburgh. They teamed up to write “The Best Seven Years of My Life,” the story of George’s role as a caregiver to his wife, Carol, who suffered a debilitating stroke during a vacation and had to rely on George for seven years afterward.

According to a promotional news release, the book details how with retirement approaching and his marriage on cruise control, George left for a much-needed vacation with his wife Carol. Their lives changed forever on their final night in Cabo San Lucas, when George awoke to find that Carol had suffered a stroke. As they rushed back home, questions, doubts and fear consumed George’s mind: Would Carol survive? What level of care would she need? Would George be up to the task of serving as her caregiver, a role he knew nothing about?

During the next seven years, George and Carol would face a series of medical and personal challenges that would relentlessly test their resolve. Every day, George would help Carol meet her needs, and every night, he would go to bed wondering whether he had done enough.

He soon discovered that the caregiver role comes with unexpected rewards — gifts that would leave him a better, happier and more fulfilled man.

“The Best Seven Years of My Life” is the tale of an unlikely caregiver, a journey to rediscovering humility, and the story of a man blessed with the amazing chance to fall in love all over again.

George and Chad Patrick will be on hand during the launch tonight to sign copies of the book and talk to people about it.

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