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One Last Goodbye: Sometimes Only a Mother's Love Can Help End the Pain

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by drjohn, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. drjohn

    drjohn Senior Member

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    Book by Kay Gilderdale
    to be published 14 April 2011

    Watching her child die is the hardest thing a mother can ever do. But for Kay Gilderdale, saying a final goodbye to her only daughter Lynn was exceptionally painful: she'd played a part in her death. Lynn was just 14 when she was struck down by the crippling disease ME, leaving her paralysed and in constant agony. Over the next 17 years, she became desperate to escape her miserable existence, even begging her mum to help her die. So, one night, when Kay found Lynn attempting suicide, she was forced to make an impossible decision. Continue watching her child suffer or help her end the pain? Eventually, fighting her every instinct, Kay helped her precious daughter take a fatal overdose. But while Lynn was finally free, her mother faced a fresh agony - a possible lifetime behind bars. The highly controversial trial that followed opened a fierce public debate on assisted suicide. Is it murder or mercy? Here, in her heartbreaking story, Kay reveals the harrowing truth behind the headlines and the desperate lengths a mother will go to for the love of a child.

    Some places to buy:

    From the ME Association
    http://www.meassociation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/MEA-Order-Form-April-2011-use-this.pdf

    may be useful if you want any other publication at same time.

    Or directly from Amazon

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Go...9143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301607502&sr=1-1

    W.H. Smith

    http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=9780091939144

    Maybe other places too. Prices vary around 4.50 + pp.
    You may get pp free if you order a minimum amount, e.g 15 or 20
    (presumably similar in US and Europe)
    Why not buy 3 or 4 copies to give to friends and family.

    Best wishes
    John
    drjohngreensmith@mefreeforall.org
    ME Free For All.org
     
  2. Boule de feu

    Boule de feu Senior Member

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    Would you know if it is possible to get this book in Canada?
     
  3. Min

    Min Guest

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    Thank you for letting us know John, this has been on my Amazon wish list.

    registering with and buying by clicking on Easyfundraising each time you buy something online in the UK raises funds for free for your chosen charity e.g. Invest in ME or ME Research UK

    http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/panel/
     
  4. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Thanks for listing this, John. Kay Gilderdale is enormously impressive. I'm sure her book will be of some help in our political situation in the UK.

    Don't forget that if you buy via Amazon you can have part of the cost donated to MERUK or to Phoenix Rising - see my signature below for the links.
     
  5. garcia

    garcia Aristocrat Extraordinaire

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    Sadly the issue of ME (i.e. why Lynn & Kay were in the position they were in) was almost completely absent from any debate.
     
  6. justinreilly

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    drjohn Senior Member

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    Good idea, Sasha, My copy of Kay's book arrived in the post this morning, from W.H.Smiths, a day ahead of 14 April 2011, the published date stated.
     
  8. drjohn

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    Pleasure, Min. Yes a good idea to raise funds too. My copy arrived today from W.H. Smith, one day ahead of published date stated.
     
  9. drjohn

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    It was, indeed, Garcia -- as I worried that it might be. However, they haven't reckoned with me and quite a few others I believe, who have no intention of shutting up about it, so long as there is breath in our bodies. Cheers John
     
  11. garcia

    garcia Aristocrat Extraordinaire

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    Good luck Dr John!
     
  12. Lucinda

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    Finished reading this book today. Was heart breaking :(
     

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