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 her father'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!
|Publisher:||Blue Danube Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)|
About the Author
Elaine Feuer is the CEO of Blue Danube Publishing, and her new book, Traveling In and Out of Heaven, will be available in May 2017. She is the author of To Gently Leave This Life: The Right To Die - now available with 2018 Updates - which explores the right-to-die movement and the human tragedies, such as Karen Quinlan, that precipitated assisted dying legislation in the U.S. and other countries. Elaine began contemplating end-of-life issues after witnessing her mother's slow and painful death from cancer. She also wrote the critically acclaimed exposé, Innocent Casualties: The FDA's War Against Humanity, which is now available in its fourth edition as an eBook. Irene Alleger, editor for Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients wrote: "Innocent Casualties manages to make the blood boil in righteous anger, because it makes the FDA's abuse of power so personal... Ms. Feuer takes the reader step-by-step through the nonsensical tactics, deceit, and police mentality." Elaine worked in the medical division of Little, Brown & Company and freelanced as a research and development coordinator for a variety of film and television projects. Blue Danube recently published, The Last Waltz: Love, Death & Betrayal by Professor Sean Davison, who was accused of murdering his 85-year old terminally-ill mother, when she pleaded for him to help her die.
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Traveling In and Out of Heaven based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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!
This is an amazing book, with life-threatening medical and legal issues that could occur in anyone’s life. From the beautiful poem at the beginning, to the very last page, I reacted viscerally to every moment experienced by the author, because she makes you feel as if you are a part of her story. At times it is devastatingly sad, yet there are many hilarious moments due to her depiction of arrogant doctors and vicious and conniving relatives. I even laughed out loud, a few times! The story moves so quickly, with nonstop action, that I couldn’t put it down. This book is a loving tribute to the author’s brother, but don’t be surprised if you fall in love with the author, because I did.