Still Life: A Memoir

Still Life: A Memoir

English | October 2nd, 2019 | ISBN: 1999439562 | 250 Pages | EPUB | 0.75 MB

An inspiring and brilliantly observed memoir in the manner of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air and Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie.

Father, husband, athlete, medical doctor, Jeff Sutherland had built an enviable life for himself and his family by the time he noticed that he was losing strength in his left arm. He visited a specialist and from that appointment, he writes, "deep personal loss for some unknown reason wrapped its tentacles around me and my family." Diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), he lost his abilities to walk and speak within two years and, confined to a wheelchair, was forced to retire from his life's calling at age forty-three. Not long after, he was locked in his own inanimate body, unable to eat, drink, or breathe without assistance. His meals were delivered through a feeding tube, and a ventilator controlled his lungs through an opening in his throat. The only parts of his body he was able to move voluntarily were his eyes.

Despite these extreme limitations, Sutherland made peace with his disease and, surrounded by his loving family, found happiness again, only to suffer another soul-shattering loss. His eldest son, Zachary, a lifeguard, drowned along with his girlfriend in a freak kayaking accident in the river behind the family home. "Despite everything I lost through ALS," he says, Zachary's death was worse. Yet again, through a long process of suffering and healing, Sutherland was able to accept his loss and find a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in his constricted life.

His story, laboriously written on a computerized device that tracks his eye movements on a visual keyboard, is a testament to both the human will's ability to overcome unspeakable tragedy, and the power of familial love to heal incomprehensible pain. "When a negative change occurs," writes Sutherland, "we have to choose how we will face it. We can be paralyzed with fear or we can make the choice to integrate it into our lives, make peace with it, and eventually grow from it. With any change, good or bad, personal growth is the ideal outcome. It is my belief that this our soul's mission on earth."

Download:

http://longfiles.com/ji35awc30rbs/Still_Life_A_Memoir.epub.html

[Fast Download] Still Life: A Memoir


Related eBooks:
Money And the Economy
Constantine: Roman Emperor, Christian Victor
Time Lived, Without Its Flow
On Shirley Hazzard: Writers on Writers
Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor
Stendhal (Critical Lives)
Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane
Selections from Eliza Leslie
Surviving Pablo Escobar: Popeye
The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens
The Notorious John Morrissey : How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga
Un homme d'exception
Copyright Disclaimer:
This site does not store any files on its server. We only index and link to content provided by other sites. Please contact the content providers to delete copyright contents if any and email us, we'll remove relevant links or contents immediately.