More About the Author
Elaine Webster is a freelance writer, published author, and staff writer for the online publication, Greener Living Today. As a journalist, Elaine specializes in green-product, book and movie reviews. Her book, Jesse's Tale--Overcoming Fear Aggression and Separation Anxiety in an Adopted Greyhound, chronicles her experiences with her spirited greyhound Jesse.
Her second book Heartfelt: A Caregiver's Guide to Cardiomyopathy and Mitral Valve Surgery was released in August 2011.
Heartfelt chronicles sixteen years of the author's life with her husband Blake as they struggle through his first major arrhythmia, to mitral-valve repair surgery, and onto recovery. Through Webster's personal insights and common-sense advice, you'll learn how to:
Take Care of Your Patient
* Find the right medical team
* Research hospitals
* Track down affordable health insurance
* Establish an exercise program
* Provide nursing care
* Weigh medical options
* Manage medications
* Cook heart-healthy cuisine and handle dietary restrictions
* Provide emotional support
* Oversee recovery after surgery
Take Care of Yourself
* Keep a journal
* Enlist help
* Handle stress
* Deal with depression
* Maintain routines
* Make time for yourself
* Seek creative outlets
* Eat healthy
* Find a spiritual path
Elaine's most recent release, Balanced on the Edge of the Crowd is a personal memoir that captures every aspect of the 1970s through the eyes of an insecure and reckless girl, who at eighteen flees a psychologically abusive childhood home. Her story begins with a hitchhiked journey from New York City to Los Angeles, with a young boy she barely knows. What follows is a path of self-discovery and spiritual growth.
Elaine moves from Los Angeles to California's Central Valley where she meets her second husband, Blake Webster, who whisks her off on a six-month honeymoon through most of the Western United States and Canada. They do a stint in Spokane Washington and ultimately take a job in Mays Landing New Jersey--becoming the last couple to manage Sunshine Nudist Park--before it's permanently closed by Hamilton Township authorities.
Social nudity is a significant part of the book. Yet, the more raucous scenes deal with the sex, music and counter-cultures for which the decade is famous. The comedic scenes, along with their unique characters are interspersed with moments of insight and triumph over depression.