Bitter and Sweet, A Family’s Journey with Cancer, is a true story that unfolded in the lives of Tim and Darcy. In their forties, Tim and Darcy lived a pretty typical American life — working, raising a family, tending to their home, having too much to do and not enough time to do it. Without warning, Tim was suddenly diagnosed with stage IV gallbladder cancer. Bitter and Sweet is about the journey they chose to take, making their saga public. It was the most difficult five months of their lives, but also the most tender and miraculous time as well. Join them as they try to manage their roller coaster ride and witness the triumph of the human spirit. While learning to say goodbye, see their marriage transform as they draw closer together, more than they ever thought possible. Seldom will you get this opportunity to experience such raw emotion. This family faces the greatest spiritual challenge ever, holding the most bitter and most sweet experiences at the same time.
Darcy Thiel, LMHC, ALCM
author - speaker - therapist
Darcy Thiel is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and and an Aging Life Care Manager. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Thiel has been a couples and family therapist in West Seneca, NY since the mid-1990s. Ms. Thiel was formerly an adjunct professor at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. She also is an accomplished speaker and presenter on various topics throughout the Western New York area. She has used her personal experiences with divorce, remarriage with step-children and serving as chief caretaker during her husband’s terminal illness to further develop compassion and understanding for others.