My story encapsulates my personal journey with my parents, both the uplifting and the heartbreaking, following their respective latter stage terminal cancer diagnosis.
"I was standing beside my mother when her doctor spoke the words."
"In the car while driving back, I reached out and held my mother's hand. There was a surreal calm and silence. What do you say?"
"and he told me `the time is coming very soon.'
I said, ` I know.' "
"This was one of those `biggies,' which I had not anticipated or foreseen."
"All I wanted was to know about someone's, anyone's, personal experiences during this enormously sad time, someone like you and me."
Susanne Gallant is a passionate advocate for palliative care, especially in-home. She wrote this book to help prepare those overwhelmed following a loved one's latter stage terminal diagnosis. This, the author's first published book, was precipitated by her intense year-and-a-half involvement as one of the family caregivers for her terminally ill parents.
She enjoys spending most of her time, along with her husband and little Papillon dog, at her home in Prince Edward County, Ontario (especially when their grown children, grandchildren, family and friends come to visit).