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This review is from: One Last Goodbye: Sometimes only a mother's love can help end the pain (Paperback)
I don't normally read "misery memoirs" but made an exception for this book because it's about a young woman with ME, which I myself used to suffer from. I thought that I had it badly, but my symptoms pale into insignificance compared with Lynn Gilderdale's. Her story is unbelievably tragic. She couldn't speak, move out of bed, do anything for herself, and was in so much pain that she was permanently on morphine. Anyone who doubts that ME is a real illness should read this book, which is heartbreakingly readable. Her mother Kay was the best mother anyone could ask for in such circumstances, and Lynn was lucky to have her. Kay didn't have much of a life outside of caring for Lynn, but she never complained, because she loved her daughter so much. One of the most poignant moments in the book for me was that Lynn loved animals so her mum got her a hamster to run around on the bed and be stroked. When Lynn decides she can't take it any longer and asks her mum to help her die it is almost unbearable to read.
Lynn was a beautiful young girl who should have had a wonderful life ahead of her. This devastating disease robbed her of that. Having read this book, I shan't forget Lynn, and I really hope her mother can have a good life knowing that she was a truly loving mother, a mother to be proud of.