Before I Say Goodbye by Ruth Picardie
Recollections and Observations from One Woman's Final Year

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By turns humorous and heart-rending, an unforgettable account of a young woman's spiritual triumphs over breast cancer in the last year of her life

Ruth Picardie was only thirty-three when she died, a month after her twins' second birthday and just under a year after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. For Ruth, a journalist, it seemed natural to write about her illness. She published only five columns for Observer Life magazine before she became too sick to continue, but her moving, funny, and very human account drew a huge response from readers all over England.

Before I Say Goodbye juxtaposes these columns with correspondence from readers, e-mails to her friends, letters to her children, and reflections by her husband and her sister. The result is a courageous and moving book, entirely devoid of self-pity, that celebrates the triumph of a brave and wonderful woman's spirit. An international bestseller in England, Picardie's sobering yet ultimately life-affirming book is destined to become a classic.

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Ruth Picardie was raised and educated in London, Oxford, and Cardiff, England. She studied social anthropology at Cambridge University. After graduation, she worked as an editor and freelance writer for numerous magazines and newspapers. A happily married mother of twins, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age thirty-two. She died in September of 1997.
Published September 14, 2000 by Holt Paperbacks. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Lashing out at patronizing acquaintances, clueless physicians, quack nostrums, and New Age gurus (referring to Andrew Weill, she snarls that “books by men with facial hair are not for me”), she finds solace in binge eating and spending lavishly on expensive makeup (“My non-beard book, Shop Yourse...

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Ruth Picardie was a British magazine editor who, a scant year after treatment for breast cancer, ended up leaving behind her career, her husband, her twins, and her life.

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