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Recent Read: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi




This autobiography / memoir has been on my list since its publication back in 2016. The author / memoirist was a young doctor just finishing up his neurosurgery residency when he was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Before becoming a doctor, he grappled with and reflected on the meaning of life, with life and death, as he decided whether to pursue education and career in literature or in medicine. He did both in the telling and sharing of his story, in which he explores the relationship with life and death as a doctor and as a patient. For me: My hope is to keep on exploring life and death in helping patients/clients with living, with grief and loss, with death and dying.

Consider checking out this book/ebook/audiobook from the library, borrowing it from a friend, or even purchasing it

Before I Go by Paul Kalanithi – story/article and video: https://stanmed.stanford.edu/2015spring/before-i-go.html

Stanford obituary: http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/03/stanford-neurosurgeon-writer-paul-kalanithi-dies-at-37.html

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