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Vaka: a memoir through hell by Caress Cauthen

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Vaka is the powerful, heartbreaking account of one young woman’s survival through an impossible illness that explore the topics of addiction, mental illness, the modern-day health epidemic ,sacrificial love, Satan, faith in God, religious improprieties and walking the tight rope between life and suicide.

Subjected to what is undeniably one of the most unusual, acute cases of environmental illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, and mitochondrial disease, twenty-six-year-old Caress Cauthen is forced through a horrifically remarkable plight to try and save her own life. When her resources and support from friends and family become exhausted early on in her illness, she ends up homeless, on her own and in the most insurmountable of circumstances.
Through a heart-stopping, unsparing, asymmetrical style of writing, she takes us through her nightmarish hell on earth that consists of moving location 14 different times over the course of three years, all while trying to survive an unrelenting, life-threatening condition. Over the course of these years, she ends up living in a garage, a motel room, a camper, a dog kennel and a tent in the woods.
As her illness rapidly deteriorates, she becomes allergic to virtually everything man-made and is unable to be inside traditional facilities like houses and stores due to toxic constituents. She is eventually forced into a life of solitude, living in a shed, where she is no longer able to interact with other people.
In the wake of years of abuse, mistreatment, neglect, trauma and copious amounts of emotional and physical stress, she is left completely disabled, unable to speak and nearly bed-bound. Throughout her memoir, she expresses her pain and suffering to readers through her emotionally provocative poetry, prosetry and photography.

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Caress Cauthen


Caress Cauthen is a young upcoming fine art photographer and writer who has had several literary and photographic works published and exhibited in galleries and magazines. Her photographic and literary career was shunted shortly after graduating college by a disabling medical condition. She was born in Indiana and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art Photography in 2013.

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