Goodbye, Walter: The Inspiring Story of a Terminal Cancer Patient

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In February of 1997, Walter Schifter was dying of cancer. During the final three weeks of his life, RuthAnn Hogue visited him frequently and reported his thoughts and fears in a series of articles for the Daily News-Sun, a newspaper serving the Sun Cities in Arizona. Walter's pain and misery put him on the verge of suicide, but compassionate hospice care reawakens his zest for life as he teaches us how to care for the dying and shows us the dignity and worth of every individual. Ms. Hogue's encounters with Walter...
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In February of 1997, Walter Schifter was dying of cancer. During the final three weeks of his life, RuthAnn Hogue visited him frequently and reported his thoughts and fears in a series of articles for the Daily News-Sun, a newspaper serving the Sun Cities in Arizona. Walter's pain and misery put him on the verge of suicide, but compassionate hospice care reawakens his zest for life as he teaches us how to care for the dying and shows us the dignity and worth of every individual. Ms. Hogue's encounters with Walter touched her so, that she experienced a spiritual awakening and a re-commitment to the relationships in her own life. Join them on their journey to the edge of life in this remarkable and inspiring story.
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Goodbye, Walter is a story about living as much as it is a chronicle of one brave man's march toward death. Author RuthAnn Hogue turns journalism into a powerful story of friendship and self-discovery. In taking us along on this intimate and personal journey, she reminds us—and herself—of the great gifts of love and of faith and of how the two are eternally entwined. Somehow, by celebrating life, she makes facing death a little less frightening for us all.

Phil Alvidrez

Former executive news director for KTVK Channel 3 (Phoenix, AZ) and Co-Owner MagicDust Television

Federation of Press Women Communications - Staff Writer
Second Place, 2006 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972807128
  • Publisher: WindRiver Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RuthAnn Hogue graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Telecommunication and Journalism in 1997. She has won numerous awards as a journalist, including the Arizona Newspapers Association first-place award for Journalistic Achievement. She currently serves as the news editor for the West Valley View (Avondale, AZ).
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Walter Schifter was a successful entrepreneur who had lived a full life, and had moved from Evansville, Indiana, to Sun City West, Arizona, to enjoy a comfortable retirement.

Then came the bad news: He was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treatments, however, proved successful and drove the disease into remission. Nevertheless, in 1996, thirteen years after the original diagnosis, the cancer returned. Slowly, it crept through his body. A metastasis lodged in his knee. Treatments to his knee left nearby bones so brittle that they broke, and left the tissue charred.

The disease sapped his strength and drained his appetite. The pain was consuming. Once a proud protector and provider for his family, he now had to rely on a wheelchair powered by his wife for his very mobility. He felt helpless, useless, profoundly depressed. When he asked his physician for a stronger pain medication, the physician refused.

For a time, the solution that seemed to make the most sense for Walter was suicide. There was a loaded handgun in the bedroom cabinet—it would have been so easy. . . .

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Table of Contents

iii Foreword

1 Chapter 1 The Letter

17 Chapter 2 The Meeting

33 Chapter 3 Taking Care of Business

43 Chapter 4 Spirituality Comes to Life

53 Chapter 5 Few Regrets

65 Chapter 6 The Checklist

71 Chapter 7 Frost in the Spring

83 Chapter 8 Borrowed Time

91 Chapter 9 Where You Go "to Die"

103 Chapter 10 Slipping Away

111 Chapter 11 Between Two Worlds

119 Chapter 12 A Second Chance

127 Chapter 13 Clashing Faith

137 Chapter 14 Saying "Goodbye"

145 Chapter 15 Looking Back

155 Epilogue: Part One

169 Epilogue: Part Two

181 Appendix - Where to Turn for Help

185 About the Author

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