For Patients, Spouses, and Families

Elizabeth Scarboro’s memoir My Foreign Cities is the story of her marriage to her first husband, who had cystic fibrosis.  While it is a book for the general reader, it has special relevance for those facing serious illness, their loved ones and caregivers, and those in the medical community.

My Foreign Cities is the story of one couple’s journey through the uncharted territory of modern medicine. The book explores the impact illness can have on a relationship with honesty and insight.  It also delves into the question of how to live well in the face of limited time.  Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “oddly uplifting,” My Foreign Cities offers hope in the deepest sense of the word.

Elizabeth Scarboro has spoken with caretaking and bereavement support groups, and is honored to participate in events for caregivers, young widows, the chronically ill, and the cystic fibrosis and transplant communities.


KYMN radio:  The Unexpected Caregiver

KEEL radio:  Strategies for Living

Interview with Elizabeth Scarboro

Getting Closer to Myself blog

Ten Tips for Caregivers


 “I strongly recommend this book for those with CF and their partners/spouses/spouses-to-be. Those of us with CF will have greater awareness of the personal struggles and joys of our partners, and our partners will likely feel that they are not alone in their experience. You may laugh, you may cry, you may reflect on your own experience. Most likely, you will come away with appreciation that love is not chosen – it just happens. And when it does, it lasts forever.”   Full review

 Anabel Stenzel, Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute News

“Scarboro has told a powerful story of life and love with illness, a book that will help patients and especially their loved ones.”   Full review

 Duncan Cross 

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who lives with CF, knows someone who does, or who just wants to read a sweet story about two people who live as much as they can in the amount of time they have together.”   Full review

 My CF Journey