KAREN SEVERSON, M.D., was raised near the University of Connecticut in Storrs, famously known for cow tipping during down times. She grew up with her mother, father, and four siblings. They all played sports and had some wicked good snowball fights. She went to Ithaca College to become a Physical Education teacher. After hating that major and switching to a Biology nerd, Dr. Severson went into medical school on advice from a Chemistry teacher. He said she had a good memory! Dr. Severson's world changed after her mother developed breast cancer and died in medical school at the University of Connecticut. She really was impacted by her death and suffering and swore it would not be in vain. Dr. Severson later went to Brown University to complete her Psychiatry Residency training. She decided early she wanted to help the elderly and spent even more time completing a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The next 20 years of her life was spent treating elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. Dr. Severson never stopped thinking about how to make the lives of people suffering from terminal illness better. She had to write this book before she herself died. Dr. Severson is married to an amazing wife with three daughters and she makes sure to teach them girl power daily. She still plays flag football, tae kwon do, and soccer, but needs to tone it down. She keeps breaking bones! Dr. Severson works more in the addiction field now, wanting to try to save young lives. One day she will retire in that Woodstock Nursing home, always trying to laugh and have a good time.