I had the privilege of reading a people magazine story late last year that caught my interest. It was the story of a neurosurgeon and his experience with family and being diagnosed with cancer. I found out that he had passed in March 2015 and that he had written a memoir shortly before his passing. After reading his story and seeing a pictures of those he left behind (his wife and daughter), I was intrigued. I knew that it took courage to be able to dive in and reflect on yourself during that time. The book covers the life of Dr. Paul Kalanithi before his diagnosis and after. The epilogue was written by his wife Lucy.
The writing style was seamless and addictive to read. You wanted to know more and more about the life of a student studying to become a neurosurgeon/neuroscientist and you wanted to know the thoughts racing through his read when he was diagnosed and how he persevered despite that. You really follow him on the journey through neurosurgery, finding out a lot of details you would’ve never known prior to reading this book. You get to experience his strength and resolve to keep going, realizing and helping the reader to realize that death is inevitable and that it comes to everyone. But what really matters is how you go on living and what you do with the time you have left.
I would really recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about neurosurgery, what doctors go through every day, what its like to be diagnosed with a terminal illness and the decisions you can make if you are. I really cannot say enough about this book and I don’t want to spill all of its secrets. It’s a very well written and inspiring book. Well worth the read! Also, for more information about Dr. Paul Kalanithi, you can visit his website at http://paulkalanithi.com/.