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Book details
  • SubGenre:Death, Grief, Bereavement
  • Language:English
  • Pages:152
  • eBook ISBN:9798350911244
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350911237

Don't Take It For Granted

The Journey Within

by Michael G. Oliveira

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"Don't Take It For Granted" is an emotionally charged memoir of growing up in a Cape Verdean family, of resilience in the face of tragedy, and a testament to the undying dedication to loved ones and community.
"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.
About the author
Michael Oliveira was born in 1954 in New Bedford Massachusetts. Of Cape Verdean descent, Michael grew up during the 60's and 70's which was a turbulent and divisive time in the city that his father policed. He attended public schools and participated in sports as a student-athlete and on various city teams over the years. A hall of famer in football and all-star in baseball, Michael was accepted to Springfield College where he participated in football for four years and baseball for three. He graduated with a triple degree in Physical Education, Health and Science. He came back to his hometown and taught physical education, health and science for twenty-three in classes that ranged from K-12. Michael became an Attendance Officer for three years before transitioning into the Bristol County Juvenile Court System as a Court Liaison between the school department and court system, He held that position for 9 years. After 35 years, Michael retired to care for his loving partner of 31 years until her death. He still lives in the city of New Bedford.