This is the story of my brother’s five-month battle against esophageal cancer, encompassing: the profound love between a brother and sister as they struggle with the torment of an unbearable illness; the love and support of family and friends; and the treacherous betrayal of a daughter. She exploited her next-of-kin status, threatening to end Allan’s life when he still had a chance of surviving, to inherit his Life Insurance Trust. And then she did the unspeakable…
It is with heartfelt forewarning, that I advise readers to ascertain end-of-life options, to avoid the adjunct anguish that engulfed my life as my brother’s medical proxy (which he had inadvertently forgot to sign), and as Executor of his Estate. The poignant and agonizing issues in this narrative are circumstances that readers could encounter at some point in their lifetime: an unsigned medical proxy; next-of-kin power over medical decisions; life support; and a duplicitous legal petition. Join me on this journey of love, heartbreak, and malevolence. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop!
A gripping book that takes the reader on a drammatic rollercoaster ride!
This exceptional book is much more than a touching story of a sister’s love for her dying brother; it also describes the dramatic and tragic family dynamics that took place behind the back of the dying brother. There is a brutal sub-plot revealing the tragedy of his only daughter and ex-wife reaching for his estate before he dies, and even planning to hasten his death. This is a gripping story with the reader feeling like they are on a dramatic rollercoaster ride. Although the story is intense, it is laced with delightful humor to give the reader a chance to catch their breath.
This book is also a subtle but scathing criticism of the American health care system, that leaves the reader wondering how much control they have over their own health, and ultimately, over their own death, if they are in a similar position as the author and her brother. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a family. You are in for the ride of your life!
by Peter Davis, Davis Reviews