Carolyn Zahnow was born and raised in Raleigh NC. After her first marriage at age 19, she and her husband moved to San Diego. Her husband, J.C. was in the Navy and worked at Miramar Naval Air Base. Carolyn worked and went to school at San Diego City College, earning an AA degree in Marketing Management in 1980 before returning to Raleigh.
Carolyn was determined to have a baby by age 30 and did just that! Jace Cameron Stephenson was born on May 29, 1987. Carolyn and JC separated when Cameron was three months old and later divorced when he was two years old.
Carolyn felt in order to provide a better life for her son, she would return to college. She did and earned a BA in Communications from NC State University. She married Dan the next month.
They moved to Flower Mound, TX with Cameron in 1999. Cameron's father died in 2002 and thus the beginnings of a "Beautiful Disasters" starts out.
Cameron died by suicide on August 11, 2005 at home.
Carolyn and Dan returned to North Carolina to start a new life without their son. Carolyn founded The Shore Grief Center as well as write two books since moving back. They live in Youngsville with their dog, Sheila.
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