Far Rockaway writer self-publishes book for caregivers of loved ones

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Tori Dajuan is a Far Rockaway author who self-published the book “You Are Not Alone,” which is about being a caregiver for her mother who lost her second battle with breast cancer last year.

“I wrote the book to give strength to people and say it is important to be there for loved ones who are going through battles like that,” said Dajuan, who frequnted the Monter Cancer Center just over the Queens border in New Hyde Park during her mother’s fight with the disease. “When I used to go to the cancer center, there were people there who were alone.”

After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer again in 2013, Dajuan’s career as a hair stylist took a backseat as she focused on being a stay-at-home mom to her 17-year-old daughter/rapper Tyrema Mosley, homeschooling her son Tyriq Mosley, 10, and bringing her mother back and forth to doctor’s appointments.

“After she got sick again I didn’t enjoy doing it anymore,” said Dajuan about being a hairstylist. “I also didn’t have much time for it.”

Months after losing her mother, Dajuan was inspired by the Michael Jackson hit song of the same title and started to write a book in February 2018 about her experience in order to help people who find themselves taking care of a loved one.

“It was around my birthday – Feb. 9 – and the Michael Jackson song “You Are Not Alone” popped into my head and I immediately thought of my mom and decided I was going to write a book, so I wrote that down on my vision board and I started writing the book Feb. 12.”

Dajuan finished writing the book in early April and then uploaded it to CreateSpace, a self-publishing and free distribution website for books, CDs and DVDs.

On CreateSpace, Dajuan spent days proofreading, editing, creating a cover, going over font size and looking at proofs of the book that she worked on by herself. On April 19, the book was self-published on Amazon, just months before the one-month anniversary of her mother’s Aug. 28, 2017 death.

“I didn’t want to go to a company with my book, because I didn’t want anybody to change the direction I was going... so I had to do a lot of research to find out how to get it out there like places like Amazon,” said Dajuan.

Dajuan wants to use some of the royalties from her books to give back directly to cancer patients who don’t have anyone to take care of them and who are struggling with expenses not covered by their insurance.

She wants to allocate her royalties toward creating funds for co-pays, health foods and travel for cancer patients.

“I am personally donating to cancer patients,” said Dajuan. “I know personally off-hand that medical coverage doesn’t pay everything.”

While giving a copy of her book to the doctors who treated her mother, she met a cancer patient who intended to take the bus home after hours of medical care at Monter, which is located at 450 Lakeville Road, and offered her help to get back.

“I went to my mother’s doctor and took her a book,” said Dajuan. “I saw a patient there alone and I went and sat to talk to her. I gave her some money so that she can get coconut water for her electrolytes... and I gave her my book and she said it lifted her spirits.”

Writing the book was not an easy task for Dajuan, but it was therapeutic for her.

“The reason I wrote the book was because it was a traumatic experience,” said Dajuan. “I had a hard time dealing with the loss of my mom, but when she was sick she always had someone with her.”

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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daniela from queens says:
God Bless your heart....
June 27, 7:31 am
Tori Dajuan from Queens says:
Thank you Daniela.
June 27, 2:43 pm
Are says:
Whoever it was on here that said "blue horseshoe loves Emini S&P Trading Secret " I got to thank you man, I hope you read this post, I thought it was a joke but you’re the man for recommending this to me, many thanks my friend :)
June 28, 10:58 pm
Wanda from Queens says:
I went through the same thing with my mother, she passed away from bladder cancer. I was there with her every step of the way taking care of her and would do it all over again if I could. It's been 10 years now and it's still hard on me so I know the feeling. Keep doing what your Doing and God bless you.
June 29, 7:40 pm
Ben from Sherman says:
Tori Dajuan did a very good job, I'm sure that her book can help very many, despite the fact that Tori is not a professional writer, her story is written on real events and has a lot of useful advice so that people can understand how to behave in such situations as complex as cancer. It is really very important to understand how important your support for loved ones is at such a difficult time. I used to work as a writer in one excellent company called, but unfortunately, due to similar circumstances like Tori, I had to take care of my dog, which felt very bad, and I started working like freelancer.
Aug. 7, 7:48 am

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