Holding on While Letting Go

Holding on While Letting Go : A Transition from Hope to Grief and Back to Hope

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Cancer took Jeff Merrifield's life, but the cruel disease never defeated him. Through three cancer diagnoses and excruciating treatments, Jeff maintained his determination and indomitable spirit, amazing those around him with his tremendous positivity. Holding on While Letting Go is Jeff's legacy, an inspirational memoir of his struggle told in his own words. Jeff proves that while nobody wants to receive a cancer diagnosis, it's possible to be happy while dealing with the disease. He combines a sharp, often sarcastic sense of humor with brutally honest descriptions of his feelings, including his love for his family. Through his words, the son, brother, friend, and mentor he was shines through. In the second part of the book, Jeff's mother Sharon takes up the narrative, offering candid descriptions of the strain of care giving, the pain of hope turned to grief, and grief transformed to hope. A cathartic labor of love, Holding on While Letting Go fulfills a promise made by a mother to her son: a promise to share his warmth, passion, and strength with the world. Ultimately, Jeff and Sharon's story is one of triumph and the refusal to let a terrible disease overcome the joy of living.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 290g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514722968
  • 9781514722961

About Sharon a Crislip

Jeff Merrifield graduated Elon College in North Carolina in 1992. He studied business administration and psychology but always had a love of journalism. Cancer would change Merrifield's career path. Employed by Prince William County Schools in Northern Virginia, he worked in administration as a security officer, mentoring many students during his seventeen years of employment. Jeff touched the lives of many people and his legacy lives on in many ways. Sharon Crislip, Jeff's mother, is retired from Prince William County schools, and now has her own business under the logo of Coastal Creations. She and her husband enjoy traveling around the country in their RV, something Jeff wanted them to do. Sharon promised her son, on the day he died, she would finish the book he started, and would have Holding on While Letting Go published. She is now able to fulfill that promise.show more

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