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  • By J Bigham
    Oct 11, 2008
    "Stage Four Terminal" I declare my bias: I was the copy editor of this book. The author has forwarded this e-mail "review," which I believe will help potential readers decide whether to buy this book. Hi Al, What with working the CNE, Markham Fair and weekends away, I have not been at church for awhile, but noticed on Tuesday night your book in the narthex. (Don’t know when it first appeared there.) Was up til 2 am reading on Tuesday and 1 am last night, when I finished with tears in my eyes and prayers in my heart. Al, what a beautiful book!! I found it extremely interesting, informative and touching and am so moved by both your faiths. I remember occasionally speaking with Ruth as we walked into church. Just how are you. Her big smile and calm presence never once gave me a clue what you were going through. I assumed there was a tumour; it was dealt with and then maybe another appeared. Really no clue at all, what cancer is really all about. So thank you for... More > that. Your book also has given me an insight of what my mother must have been going through. I have never given it much thought before. Ed left me in January of 1987 and mom died in August. Ed allowed me that last summer at my beautiful cottage. I was totally non-functioning that year and my mother’s cancer was a surreal word. The children were young, mom lived in Etobicoke and the cottage was on Lake Simcoe. My priorities were screwed (gas to west end expensive). I knew the cottage would soon be gone but did not believe my mom would be – and so I picked the cottage. I only remember a couple of short visits with her with not a clue of what to say. I never asked questions of doctor or family. Didn’t know what to ask. No idea what her emotional state was. Just was existing. I believe your book has given me some new good insights. Again thank you. What a person Ruth was! To me cheerleaders were right up there with the gods. Would have killed to be one (skipped a generation to Andrea). And I can only imagine the joys of your cottage. Loved your granddaughter’s essay on the cottage – perceptive at age 12. Let me close by saying your book has been a blessing to me on many levels, especially getting to know Ruth more!< Less
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Product Details

B&W Ed. 1
Al Hill, West Hill, Ontario, Canada
September 9, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.43 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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