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I hugged my wife and children that little bit harder this morning
on 22 April 2012
In his forward to When I Die editor Keith Blackmore describes the book by Philip Gould as his last great campaign. It's a campaign that pushes hard against the taboos of cancer treatment and death and asks us to appreciate those around us.
The book describes Gould's four-year journey with cancer in his own words with insight from his wife and children. It should be deeply depressing. It's anything but. It's a life-affirming story about a family and friendships. Gould battles with cancer to the end yet accepts and prepares for his own death completely.
It isn't an easy read. You will cry. But it is compelling. I read it over two evenings late into the night and early morning. I couldn't put it down. In time I'll re-read it again. Its a book I want to reflect upon and come back too. Georgina and Grace Gould's description of their final months, weeks and days with their father as he faces death are intense and heart breaking.