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In her much anticipated memoir SICK, Khakpour chronicles her arduous experience with illness, specifically late-stage Lyme disease. Both sides are on full display here. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.

Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This book resonates deep within, probably because I lost my mother, and my mother-in-law, at the onset of "middle age", triggering many of the same responses discussed in this memoir albeit in different manifestations. The loss of your mother is an enormous, ground shifting event, and it was comforting to me to know that even a palliative care doctor - who knew what was coming - found herself in utterly unfamiliar territory as she tried to stand on the shifting ground beneath her feet.

Strange fixations, withdrawal, deep introspection, writing, and rediscovering some childhood passions - especially in the arts, were just a few of the things that Dr. Scott and I shared. I also loved how she approached the year by months, reflecting on many childhood remembrances of each month in rural southern America that had me smiling in fond remembrance. Life doesn't stop when you lose your mother - so you pretty much have to stop and let it revolve around you.


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In the end, you have to decide to live - or how you are going to live. This is a part of why Hamlet's speech not just a suicide soliloquy , continues to resonate today. I love these quotes from the book: I may have felt as if I couldn't breathe freely at times, may have felt caged and desperate, may have questioned all I ever was, but I had learned enough to keep me where I needed to be and to live to see what life would continue to bring my way if I continued to look for it. Now -- get this book on audible! The Year My Mother Died, A Memoir by Sherry Scott is a brave book, which will make you both cry and laugh, as you read the deeply personal and moving account of how the author spent the year of her mother's death.

Scott is a pediatrician who has spent years in palliative care for parents and families who are grieving over the eminent death or loss of a child. When she discovered her mother was dying she assumed she herself would be able to be the strong one, since she was familiar with all the "right" things to do and say to those in deep sorrow and distress. However, she discovered that no one can truly be prepared for the emotional twists and turns that grief takes deep inside the grief-stricken. She tells how she spent the year of grief and recovery doing things that seemed bizarre and sometimes perplexing, as well as deeply emotional or just flights of escape fantasy.

She details boldly how she yearned to return to adolescence and reclaim her childhood, reliving and redoing some of the past. As we move from month to month with her through her journey of grief to acceptance and recovery, we see a real person, living honestly with very difficult feelings. Scott write with a delightfully fresh personality coming through.

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