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Non-fiction: Caregiving and Self-help

"...a must's a book about love and its never ending power.

Kathy Scanlon Opie

The Books

The Books

When attending to the many cares of a loved one, the caregiver's needs can be overlooked, leading to feelings of isolation, sadness, and anger.  A Little Red Wagon Full Of Hope can provide those with loved ones facing serious illness some insight and help as Kathy shares her journey with her son’s bone cancer, her best friend’s battle and loss to breast cancer, and others' care stories.


Each chapter provides relevant, poignant stories and tips. From such topics as pet therapy, what to bring to the hospital, getting out into the community, food for the soul, it's okay to cry, and caring for the caregiver, Kathy's goal is to provide support and hope to those facing a challenging road--from someone who has been there and understands.


The profits from this book go to cancer research and help for caregivers.

The Author

The Author

Kathy Scanlon Opie was born in Boston, Ma. She earned an B.S. in Psychology at Georgetown University and moved to the Seattle area with her husband Paul where she received her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at UW.


She is now working on her Masters in Couple and Family Therapy at Antioch University in Seattle.


Kathy is the mother of three grown children Jennifer 27, Patrick 23, and Conner 21. Conner is a bone cancer survivor, specifically Ewing’s Sarcoma. Kathy and Paul have been married for 28 years and have 2 dogs and 1 cat and enjoy biking and hiking.


Kathy has been published in the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation Newsletter, the Go4theGoal Pediatric Cancer Foundation Newsletter, Northwest Cable News, the Antioch University Quarterly Vue, Entrepreneurial Girl and soon Better After 50. She has a short story titled Tell Me a Story in the anthology Secret Histories: Stories of Courage, Risk, and Revelation.

The Links

The Links
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What you will find at Kathy's sites:


Homepage: Love quotes, giveaways, updates on Kathy's book and appearances


Facebook: Frequently updated with inspiration, recipes, and helpful tips


Twitter: Linked to facebook, with occasional additional updates or updates on author friends' work


Instagram: Kathy's pictures


MomCology: A site for mothers and primary caregivers of children just diagnosed with cancer


Northwest Sarcoma: Education and support to those with sarcoma





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