Franklin Servan-Schreiber -- Not the Last Goodbye -- Gables
May 8 2012 8:00 pm
At the start of this intimate and moving memoir, Dr. David Servan- Schreiber is returning by bicycle to his Paris home from an unsettling appointment. Following several months of fatigue and fainting spells, he had scheduled an emergency MRI. The results confirm his worst fears: the return of the cancer that he was first diagnosed with nineteen years earlier.
Fully aware of what the prognosis means, he redoubles his commitment to an Anticancer diet, and complements his chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and vaccine protocols with acupuncture and yoga. At the same time, he undertakes a close assessment of his own life, realizing that he has neglected a key piece of Anticancer advice-to create a stress-free life; instead he had embarked on an international tour to take his message to the public. Nevertheless, he concludes that he would not have done it any differently.
In Not the Last Goodbye (Viking, $22), Servan-Schreiber raises many of the most complex and personal questions about how we live and how we prepare for death. Powerful, honest, and inspiring, he continually surprises with his thoughts on what's important in life and the meaning of death.
Dr. Servan-Schreiber died peacefully last July, surrounded by friends and family, while listening to his favorite music as he had wished and planned. His brother, Franklin, will be presenting Dr. Servan-Schreiber's book and will share the lessons he learned from being a caretaker to his brother.