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Before I Say Goodbye: Recollections and Observations from One Woman's Final Year

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By turns humorous and heart-rending, an unforgettable account of a young woman's spiritual triumphs over breast cancer in the last year of her life

Ruth Picardie was only thirty-three when she died, a month after her twins' second birthday and just under a year after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. For Ruth, a journalist, it seemed natural to write about her illness. She published only five columns for Observer Life magazine before she became too sick to continue, but her moving, funny, and very human account drew a huge response from readers all over England.

Before I Say Goodbye juxtaposes these columns with correspondence from readers, e-mails to her friends, letters to her children, and reflections by her husband and her sister. The result is a courageous and moving book, entirely devoid of self-pity, that celebrates the triumph of a brave and wonderful woman's spirit. An international bestseller in England, Picardie's sobering yet ultimately life-affirming book is destined to become a classic.

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In the last year of her life, Ruth Picardie, stricken with breast cancer, wrote five personal columns for Observer Life that touched readers all over England. In this uplifting tribute to the enduring spirit, those columns are juxtaposed with letters and e-mail she received and wrote to friends and family.

About the Author

Ruth Picardie was raised and educated in London, Oxford, and Cardiff, England. She studied social anthropology at Cambridge University. After graduation, she worked as an editor and freelance writer for numerous magazines and newspapers. A happily married mother of twins, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age thirty-two. She died in September of 1997.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805066128
Subtitle:
Recollections and Observations from One Woman's Final Year
Foreword:
Seaton, Matt
Author:
Picardie, Ruth
Author:
Seaton, Matt
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Breast
Subject:
Diseases - Breast Cancer
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
1785-S
Publication Date:
20000914
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.26x5.51x.41 in. .40 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the last year of her life, Ruth Picardie, stricken with breast cancer, wrote five personal columns for Observer Life that touched readers all over England. In this uplifting tribute to the enduring spirit, those columns are juxtaposed with letters and e-mail she received and wrote to friends and family.
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