"Don't Take It For Granted" invites readers into a deeply personal narrative of growing up Cape Verdean in a diverse city during the 60s and 70s, and the years of caregiving that followed a life-changing event. The author explores the richness of his cultural heritage, the strong bonds that tied his family together, and the community spirit that pervaded his upbringing. This story takes a dramatic turn when the author's partner suffers a life-threatening stroke, which then thrusts him into the challenging world of caregiving. Over thirteen years, he grapples with the demands of his new role, depicting the immense responsibilities and the accompanying grief with poignant honesty. This memoir is not just a recounting of personal history, but a journey of survival, resilience, and transformation in the face of adversity. "Don't Take It For Granted" stands as a beacon of inspiration to those navigating their own personal journeys of caregiving and grief.