Not the Last Goodbye 

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       November 26, 2014


Author  David Servan-Schreiber

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 978-1-921844-44-7
Publisher:         Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
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David Servan-Schreiber has given the most treasured gift a person can give, not just for family but for all people who struggle to come to terms with the reality that they are facing their own mortality: the gift of his final year of life in a living will, a testimony to all that life is made up of many things, not the least that there is always hope and love in even the most challenging of circumstances.

Written over the final year of his life he takes an honest look at the reality that after 19 years in remission his cancer has returned and this time this may be the big one. The one that does bring his life works to an end.

Being the creator of the Anticancer movement Schreiber did not always follow his own philosophies, often choosing work over relaxation in his drive to bring to all who suffer an alternate and better way of dealing with cancer.

He reflects on his pathways with a loving and gentle humour, often using the stories of long time friends to help bring fullness to the richness of the story. Addressing the many facets of terminal illness he looks at coming to terms with the reality of the situation, looking at and trialling barrier breaking technology, the reflection on death and dying, life and living

Gentle and beautiful to read this is a rare gift we have all been given. Not sad but reflective, honest, graceful and given with the love and certainty that this book and the final year of this life may bring comfort and help to others.

Dr David Servan-Schreiber died in July 2011 just eight weeks after completion of this book.