OK author shares life with ALS, reveals strength in faith in new memoir
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — This week marks the nationwide release of “We Laughed ‘til We Cried: Living, Loving and Laughing with ALS,” a poignant and life-affirming new book by author Lynda Strahorn.
“We Laughed ‘til We Cried” is the story of the seven years following Don Strahorn’s ALS diagnosis, told by his wife, Lynda Strahorn. This isn’t your regular diagnosis story, however. This memoir-esque account of what may have been a family’s darkest times is full of laughter and tears. It serves as a testament to the way we all have choices to make when we get devastating news. The Strahorn family, although heartbroken, shows us how to make the most out of the hand we’re dealt.
Not only is this an inspirational book for anyone facing similar circumstances, it is also a call for a cure and a handbook for all those who will hear the same words Don Stahorn did in early 2007: “You have ALS.” Author Lynda Strahorn offers insights into the many processes of dealing with ALS — from the slow progression of the disease and what each new stage entails for an ALS patient to the emotional impact the disease has on the entire family. The author also offers some advice that she learned from her own experiences dealing with the disease, and she explains the way faith carried her family through the most difficult time they ever faced. Mostly, she teaches readers how to laugh when they want to cry, to know when it is time to cry, and how to trust in Jesus through it all.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Strahorn’s husband Don was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gerhrig’s disease) in 2007. Her journey as a wife, mother and Grammy changed in March of 2007, from the moment she was told her husband had a terminal disease. Life changed, and she found she went from a wife to a caregiver, a fun loving mom to a mom who needs to lean on her children for help and support and a Grammy who needed the joy of her grandchildren to lift her spirits. Through her seven-year journey she leaned on her faith and tried to find laughter and joy in all things. Strahorn has four children and 10 grandchildren and has lived in Oklahoma all her life.