For years, author Jo St. Claire watched her husband’s journey with prostate cancer. When, after forty-two years of marriage, Mike’s suffering ended, Jo’s new life began.
This is not just a story about cancer and death. Along the way, Jo learned all she could about cancer and about caring for someone fighting for his life; she also learned about herself and the many gifts of life. She learned more about grief, fear, denial, suffering, and loss than she ever wanted to know. What’s more, she never stopped asking questions of the experts or of herself. She wanted the answers to her questions.
White Balloons is the result of that quest for understanding. Jo needed to comprehend what was happening—not only to her husband, but to herself as well. The experience changed her, and now she is able to address other significant losses in her life.
Through it all, she found the healing power of hope and realism. She now has a greater appreciation for the spiritual nature of human existence—especially as that experience comes to its natural conclusion. Jo St. Claire is now free and at peace.
This is her story.