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Before I Say Goodbye
A chocolate-loving, fashion-obsessed, British freelance writer, Ruth Picardie was 32 years old and happily married with one-year old twins at diagnosis. She wrote a (cruelly short) series of columns on her experience of breast cancer for the Observer newspaper before her death a year later. This book is a collection of those columns and her correspondence with friends, readers and family.
As her husband Matt writes: "There was a rough-tough bravado about Ruth's black humour: it was a way not so much of facing the truth, as of trying to face it down; a means of both acknowledging the inevitable and denying it, in a shriek of raucous laughter."
I finished it thinking what a different place this world would be if we were all so honest, both with ourselves and each other. What a concept.
- Planet Cancer