A heartfelt tribute by joe dinardo
First-time author Joe DiNardo has released his first book, A Letter to My Wife, a 55-page dedication that follows his journey with late wife, Marcia, from cancer diagnosis through death.
A funny, sad, and hopeful look at the beauty of love found and lost, DiNardo uses anecdotes, practical wisdom, and a unique approach to storytelling to create shared experiences with his readers -- many of whom have gone or know someone who has gone through cancer.
This narrative serves to educate and enlighten, offering practical tools and tips to support both those enduring disease and their loved ones. His practices of meditation and mindfulness are explored throughout the story and serve as the foundation for suggestions on coping and healing.
Both from working class Italian families in western New York, DiNardo and Marcia met on a lunch date in 1993 and quickly fell in love. They married in 1999 and adopted their spunky daughter, Julianna, shortly after in 2000. After 15 years of marriage Marcia was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. She survived for nearly two years after her diagnosis, a testament to her powerful spirit and boundless energy. In the spring of 2015, Marcia passed, leaving behind DiNardo, daughter Julianna, and DiNardo’s adopted son, Joshua, from a previous marriage.
A Letter to My Wife is DiNardo’s homage to Marcia’s brilliant life and their eternal bond.