- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mapletree Publishing Co.; 1st edition (September 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0972807128
- ISBN-13: 978-0972807128
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,299,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Goodbye, Walter: The Inspiring Story of a Terminal Cancer Patient 1st Edition
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"Hogue's book struck a deep chord. Her work celebrates the end of life instead of having us fear it." -- Bob Stump, R-District 9, Arizona House of Representatives; Health Committee Co-Chair.
"This is an important story, beautifully and sensitively told." -- Bev Harvey, writer, Write Visions
Hogue was forever changed by the experience, and so was I. -- Paul M. Howey, author Shoah: Journey from the Ashes, and Freckles: The Mystery of the Little White Dog in the Desert
I love your book. Very touching. -- Kerry Lynn Blair, author of The Heart only Knows, and The Heart has Forever
In this intimate and personal journey, Hogue reminds us of love and faith and how they are eternally entwined. -- Phil Alvidrez, noted television producer, MagicDust Television
RuthAnn Hogue's secret is her commanding use of specific, concrete detail. She is a master at her craft. -- Linda Shelley Whiting, historian/author of David W. Patten: Apostle and Martyr
This book is a necessary read. The story is a reaffirmation of life. -- Mark Potter, Director of Suddenly Unexpected, an MPotter Production
About the Author
RuthAnn Hogue graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Telecommunication and Journalism in 1997. She has won numerous awards as a journalist, including the Arizona Newspapers Association first-place award for Journalistic Achievement. She currently serves as the news editor for the [i]West Valley View[/i] (Avondale, AZ).
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After reading these reviews, I was very surprised to discover how much the story included the author's personal life details.
Over the years, RuthAnn Hogue has always impressed me with her writing. Whether a newspaper article or essay. Now I have a desire to read the whole book. And this time I look forward to doing so.
I recommend this book to all. Even those living in Sierra Vista.
However, while the patient, Walter Schifter, wasn't religious, the journalist, RuthAnn Hogue, certainly is.
This book is more about the effect of a stranger's death on her, than about hospice care itself. I would have preferred the original articles as they were published in the Daily News-Sun, in Sun City, Arizona - i.e. with less religious commentary.
For a non-religious account of hospice care I'd recommend instead Victor and Rosemay Zorza's "A Way to Die", Knopf, 1980
We, the publishers, asked RuthAnn to focus on herself--it wasn't her idea, and the original manuscript she submitted didn't do that. The reason is that the beauty of Walter's story is the change he wrought in her. Here is Walter Schifter, who felt so worthless as he was approaching the end of his life that he wanted to commit suicide. However, once he is properly cared for, the richness of his personality and his value as an individual come out. He comes to realize that, even though doctors have told him he has only two weeks to live, every day still matters because he now has a purpose for living. His focus changes from his pain and misery to what he can do for others during those last days.
RuthAnn, as she comes to know Walter, is profoundly affected by his sense of purpose, and she is touched in such a way that she decides to put her own life back together.
I love her honesty and her openness. She is struggling with a life that has, in its most important aspects, come unglued, and she freely shares that with us. Walter doesn't preach--he's not that kind of person. But, with his example and his deep desire to be useful to others, he helps her see what is truly important in life. As she builds her life on those important things, it falls into place. And that is the point of this story. It's a profound, beautiful lesson.
We are seeing tendencies in society to devalue the lives of those with terminal illnesses, people who are totally dependent on others. Some even encourage them to end their lives early. With this book, Walter and RuthAnn show us that life has eminent value, even in its final, potentially miserable days.