When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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Coming to terms with mortality can be an excruciating time. Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon in the peak of his career when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. This book is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and the relationship between doctor and patient.
“I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” This book is great for both someone facing terminal cancer and those with loved ones facing terminal cancer. It is both informative and inspiring, with many finding it a comfort to have knowledge to lessen the fear of death.
- Helps those coming to terms with terminal illness
- Emotional and thought provoking
- Informative and inspiring
Why do people living with cancer recommend this product?
Very informative book that prepares you for the different stages you might encounter when caring for a family member faced with their own mortality it definitely helps to make sense of the emotions you experience as we all want easy solutions to keeping our loved ones safe and find it hard when things get complicated trying to tend to others wishes and finding a workable middle ground.
Anyone dealing with terminal illness, whether it's you yourself dealing with a terminal diagnosis or a loved one watching it happen, will be lifted by this most wonderful book. It's beautifully written and isn't just about cancer and death. It's really so positive! What is so special about it is that Paul, before his diagnosis treated people with cancer, so the perspective that he writes from is so very unique. You won't regret this buy!