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When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone

When I Die Lessons from the Death Zone On January Philip Gould was told he had cancer He was stoical and set about his treatment determined to fight his illness In the face of difficult decisions he sought always to understand th

  • Title: When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone
  • Author: Philip Gould
  • ISBN: 9781408703984
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On 29 January 2008 Philip Gould was told he had cancer He was stoical, and set about his treatment, determined to fight his illness In the face of difficult decisions he sought always to understand the disease and the various medical options open to him, supported by his wife Gail and their two daughters, Georgia and Grace.In 2010, after two hard years of chemotherapy anOn 29 January 2008 Philip Gould was told he had cancer He was stoical, and set about his treatment, determined to fight his illness In the face of difficult decisions he sought always to understand the disease and the various medical options open to him, supported by his wife Gail and their two daughters, Georgia and Grace.In 2010, after two hard years of chemotherapy and surgery, the tests came up clear Philip appeared to have won the battle But his work as a key strategist for the Labour party took its toll, and feeling ill six months later, he insisted on one extra, precautionary test, which told him that the cancer had returned Thus began Philip s long, painful but ultimately optimistic journey towards death, during which time he began to appreciate and make sense of his life, his work and his relationships in a way he had never thought possible He realized something that he had never heard articulated before death need not be only negative or painful, it can be life affirming and revelatory.Written during the last few months of his life, When I Die describes the journey Philip took with his illness, leaving to us what he called his lessons from the death zone This courageous, profoundly moving and inspiring work is as valuable a legacy to the world as anyone could wish to bestow hugely uplifting, beautifully written with extraordinary insight.

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    1. (3.5) Gould may be familiar to British readers as a key strategist of the New Labour movement and one of Tony Blair’s advisors. In 2008 he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and decided to pay for private treatment at New York’s Sloan-Kettering hospital instead of going for a radical operation through the NHS. This would prove to be a fateful decision, and Gould is honest about facing up to mistakes and pain in this cancer memoir.“Cancer can at one and the same time destroy and transform [...]

    2. At many different times, this book is fascinating, insightful, heart rending, informative, inspirational, frustrating, infuriating – but above all fascinating, in all meanings of the word.At times, it's a 6 star read - at others, it dips below the scoring zone altogether.(Lord) Philip Gould was generally recognized as one of the main “brains” behind the New Labour brand, and this is his response to his battle with terminal cancer.Bear in mind that he made his name by being a spin doctor [...]

    3. This is an account of one man's endurance of cancer and subsequent death. It is a poignant and honest articulation of coping with the horrors of cancer and its treatments. He makes a number of interesting observations about himself and his illness and does his best to articulate what he refers to as the 'cancer zone' - "when you reach that place where you have been told - and you believe - that you are going to die within a certain amount of time." Whoever you are and what ever your background t [...]

    4. What struck me about this book was what appeared to be somebody trying to convince themselves that death was the exact experience he was writing about. Somehow by continuing to commit the words to paper they would actually become true.The truly extraordinary part of the book, and by far and away the most heart-breaking, was the section completed by Georgia Gould. She describes the death march in such a deeply personal and tender manner that makes the book worth reading for that section alone.

    5. The last section written by Gould (some postscripts are penned by his wife and daughters) is at times astonishingly wise and moving.

    6. Gould's journey to death is, like every journey of that kind, completely personal and completely overwhelming and intense for both him and his family. For anyone who has had a relative die of cancer, this is familiar. This book has two important messages for those with terminal illness: 1) medical care is never perfect, and doctors are not miracle workers. 2)at some point there is nothing more that can be done to stave off death. You can deny this, and continue the medical interventions - there [...]

    7. I sometimes think I've gone completely cuckoo, so I enjoyed reading this book because, look, here's a sensible and successful member of society thinking about the kind of issues I find interesting, and, coming to some similar conclusions.1. There is a judgement after we die, but it's a self judgement. You, yourself will decide what path you will take. Those who are afraid turn away from the light and are lost. 2. There is a light. Gould's wife wrote the last chapter, and although she knows most [...]

    8. This book has been on my bookshelf for some years now and I started it without any great intent - just dipping into it really; I ended up reading it in a couple of days (it is quite short).A really lovely, challenging, moving document of how Gould deals with diagnosis of oesophageal cancer and the subsequent prognosis.He writes eloquently on the nature of death and the way his relationship with it changes and develops over the time of his illness.He comes across as a sometimes selfish man but on [...]

    9. I enjoyed reading this from 2 angles. The first being the chapters which follow the journey of confusing decisions each cancer patient has to make - private vs public, aggressive surgery vs tamer alternatives. Practical and well written. The chapters which had me balling my eyes out were those final few days. Written by Philip, his daughters and wife. Extremely moving. At times it was a bit of a name dropping, back slapping who's who of the Labour Party but one should expect that from a man who [...]

    10. Personal and heartfelt account of Philip Gould's battle with cancer and the impact that it has on him and his family. There was only one point (towards the end of the book and also his life) when it slipped a little - otherwise, a really interesting read. I also liked the inclusion of material from others.

    11. I read this in the last fortnight of my own father's life, who also died from oesophageal cancer. So, I'm hardly an objective reviewer. I found it fascinating. Mainly, I was jealous of the closeness of his family but that's my issue, nothing to do with the book. Find words hard. It's just a very human story, told by a man in pain. I'm no more reconciled with my loss from reading it.

    12. . I only wish I could have read this 2 years ago, I would have been far better informed to support my sister in the short time she knew she was in the death zone and trying to have the best death she could.

    13. All of us will die at some point. Not everyone will be able to articulate how it feels. But to understand even a fraction of the experience somehow helps, especially if you are not the person dying. An excellent and thought-provoking book, which has helped me enormously.

    14. Philip Gould's book is extremely insightful, not just for those who find themselves in his position, but also for those who are grieving a significant loss. It provides possible answers to a number of questions that may arise about mindset as death approaches, and also a 'model' way of facing it.

    15. A hugely moving story of determination and positivity in the face of death, with valuable lessons for the living.

    16. An amazing book about the author's battle with cancer and the experience of knowing that one will die within three months ('the death zone'). Emotional and brutal at the same time.

    17. A very honest attempt to make sense of life's ending from a New Labour guru. Tony Blair comes across unexpectedly well.

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