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Review Posted by Elizabeth 08SEP14

Format: ePUB

Price: Reasonable

Recommend to others: Yes

5 Stars

When you need help, who do you turn to? The natural response might be a friend. Friends don’t always have experience in the help you need, although they mean well. Then there are DIY manuals with instructions. They read like guidebooks: dry and tedious.

I read a book last weekend I wish had been available two-and- a-half years ago. I wish I’d had it to turn to then, but it is available now, and everyone should read it.

I want to introduce you to a book by Red Dwyer titled, “Killing Us Softly.”

She writes with reflection and directness about her own experiences when cancer arrived uninvited into her household, took over her life, and stole her husband’s. She explains the best ways to handle circumstances you cannot avoid and how to preserve precious energy as best you can.
This is not a handbook but a chronicle of an insurmountable life experience shared with the Reader: this is what happened; these were the difficulties; for best results this is what works. Honest. Direct. Exact.

Red Dwyer is a no-nonsense sharer of truths. Killing Us Softly is divided into segments which are easy to understand. If you wish to flip through the chapters to choose any particular section, all the information is arranged in an easy-to-follow layout. Or, like me, you can read this informative book from cover to cover in two sittings. Anyone who reads it will gain indispensable facts from between these covers.

I tried to stop after a couple of chapters but I became so caught up in the writing, I couldn’t put the book down until the end.

The author doesn’t collapse under the weight of her undertaking; she intends to celebrate her and her husband’s married life together until the end. She creates memories—happy ones—for her husband, her family, and for herself. How does anyone do that under the circumstances? How does anyone manage a large family, tend to her husband, research his illness, write and create happy memories too?

The words of wisdom interwoven in the story: what works and what doesn’t, are worth the read alone. Emotional reactions, doubts, confusion in an alien world all need to be addressed. Red Dwyer has lived all of those situations and shares her experience in a straightforward manner.
I highly recommend this read. Check it out; you won’t regret the time well-spent.

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Review Posted by Regina 18OCT13

Format: Kindle/mobi

Price: Reasonable

Recommend to others: Yes

5 Stars

The first hand experience brought to an often touchy, and avoided subject brought new insight for me. I found a new appreciation of life, and those that I hold dearest as the realization hit that even the longest time together can be cut short painfully and cruelly with little warning. The ability to take you into the moment while seemingly standing outside like an observer portrays a strength that is often lacking and envied.

Turning the tragedy into a learning, helping experience for others shows a capability that few posses. Anyone, everyone whether they have gone through it, are going through it or have never experienced the exact scenario can benefit from the life lessons presented in the text.

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Reviews Posted by Kirsten 11MAR13

Format: Paperback

Price: Reasonable

Recommend to others: Yes

5 Stars

I didn’t want to read this book. My friend insisted and I’m really glad she did. I am not a wife much less a widow and didn’t think I could get anything from this book. I was wrong.

This book opens honest dialog. It made me question whether my doctors are right. It let me know how little kids deal with the nightmare of losing a parent. I found out why my mom was mad at my dad after he died. I think I understand what my granny felt like when my papaw got Alzheimer’s. When I called my mom, we talked about it for the first time.

I wish the doctor’s office would give these to people who’s better half is dying of anything. It helped me.

And to be honest, there isn’t a choice for “good deal”. Other books like this one are all $15 or more. This one covered so much it should be more.

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