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Do Go Gentle: Bringing My Father Home to Die with Dignity After a Devastating Stroke

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On a September night not long after his 83rd birthday, William Stookey suffered a massive stroke. It left him conscious yet paralyzed, unable to swallow, and unable to talk and communicate. His doctors—after a barrage of scans and other tests—determined that there was little chance for recovery.

This is the story, as told by William’s physician son, of a family’s difficult
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Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Freckles Press
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Judie Dooley
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from good reads-thank you for choosing me.
There were a couple of reasons I wanted to read this book.One being that I have a special friend who is 85 and does not want to go to a nursing home.He wants to stay at home and die in his own bed.I am his caregiver.
Now about the book: I enjoyed reading it. It's the story of a DR who's father suffers a debilitating stroke that leaves him unable to move or even swallow. It's the story of how helpless it makes the family feel, but they kno
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Joanne Kelly
A straighforward story: Stookey brings his father home to die after his massive stroke because he knows it is what his father would want. The story left with me lots of questions: Where was the author's wife during the week he spent tending to his father? He barely mentions her. Why wasn't his sister more involved in that last week? Why didn't he find someone to help with the every-2-hour repositionings? Why was his mother so disengaged? ...more
Laurie
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am happy to say I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! It arrived at an interesting time for two reasons: 1)The Governor of CA, where this family resides, just signed a right-to-die bill a few days ago, joining a handful of states progressive and compassionate enough to allow assisted suicide for the terminally ill; and 2)A family member of mine is currently in a nursing home with no clear prognosis, and we are all up in the air about financial and medical matters, all of which should be cle ...more
Aurelia McNeil
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do Go Gentle is a nobly written biography and autobiography. Mr. Stookey, 83 years old, is found lying face up on the floor next to his bed. The diagnosis: He has suffered from a severe stroke, the right size of his body from head to toe is paralyzed, and he is unable to speak or swallow. With no signs of improvement, the family is faced with a decision - to move Mr. Stookey to a nursing home or bring him home to die by withholding food and water.

Do Go Gentle is intriguing and mildly disturbing.
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Jill Miller
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my gosh. I started reading this book just because it was won in a Goodreads giveaway. My Dad has had 4 strokes, and I thought the book might be of interest to me for that reason. Wow. I did not put the book down again until I had finished it......with tears streaming down my face. What a moving story filled with love, but presented in such a factual manner. As an only child with two elderly parents, I feel that I owe Chris Stookey a big "thank you" and a hug for helping to prepare me for wha ...more
Melissa
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win this book from a goodreads competition. It is a beautifully written account of a harrowing experience that the author faced. I not only learnt about end of life care and decisions but also about the life of William Stookey. A book I won't forget. ...more
Megan Boyd
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Told with great honesty. I needed a box of Kleenex, especially at the end.
Donna
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dying with dignity

Difficult, yet beautiful! Knowing what Bill wanted allowed his family to fulfill his wishes as best as they could! Dying with dignity should be everyone's right!
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For my day job, I'm an emergency physician, but I've been a book lover and avid reader all my life, ever since I discovered the Hardy Boy mystery books when I was 7-years-old.

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