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"I knew the prognosis. Sooner or later, it would come back. I could slow down the inevitable; I could gain a few years. But there was nothing I could do to make this cancer disappear forever. So this was it. This was the relapse. The Big One."

Nineteen years after his original diagnosis, having taken up a worldwide mission toward hope and alternatives for those with cancer, David Servan-Schreiber submits to an emergency MRI that confirms his greatest fear: the brain cancer has returned. Here he shares his coming to terms with the news and, with courage and candor, examines his life from the point of view of one who understands that his illness is terminal. As the author of and spokesman for an anticancer program, a doctor who has given hope to millions of readers and patients, David frankly acknowledges the challenges of adopting a fully “anticancer” lifestyle in today’s world and examines the choices involved in doing so. Weaving in the stories of a number of clinical cases, he reaffirms the program that enhanced and extended his life and the lives of so many others. From nutrition and exercise to rest and meditation, the protocol he followed allowed him to live to the fullest for two decades beyond medical expectation.

The story he tells raises many of the most complex and personal questions about how we choose to live and how we prepare for death, striking a delicate balance between the limits of medicine and the hope that sustains us as we confront them. It is powerful, honest, and truly inspiring.

©2011 David Servan-Schreiber; Translation 2011 by Susanna Lea Associates (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Each word rings true, each memory lingers, each detail of his life… brings us closer to the human condition. This book is a gift." ( Elle)

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Real life account on dying well

I thought going in this might be hard to listen to. Glad I found this powerful book as I'll use these powerful lessons on living well and eventually dying well. So very grateful for David for his courage and contribution to our world.

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Just what I needed

As someone with Stage four colon cancer, currently in remission and stage 1 breast cancer, currently undergoing radiation therapy this was just what I needed to hear. I'm hopeful for my future as I put into practice the Anti-Cancer recommendations. In the meantime I have been avoiding the subject of my mortality. I've only recently, in the last few weeks, felt the need and readyness to start making final preparations. This book has helped me find the courage to take this step. So beautifully written, thank you.

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Profound

Would you listen to Not the Last Goodbye again? Why?

I have listened to this several times. His Anti-Cancer audio was in many ways life -changing for me and this follow-up has reminded me of the our need for determination and gratitude in the face of illness.

What did you like best about this story?

The author's willingness to share his innermost feelings and remind us of the importance of gratitude

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt as if I actually said goodbye to the author. I have recommended the audio to countless friends

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A must follow-up from the Anti-Cancer book he did earlier

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During & after daddys death!

What can I say other than.... I am blessed to have stumbled upon this audible book! It has helped me thru getting ready for my dear fathers passing and now just weeks after, I feel a sense of calm now. This reader of this book has amazing voice that has walked me thru this very difficult experience!!! Read it or better yet- LISTEN as you go thru your day. You may find some peace also.

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Very sad but courageous point of view this person has when facing death. It truely struck my heart and could feel what he he was going through. God bless

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This book is Beautifully written and read. What a great and A wonderful story and testament to one mans life works! Thank you

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I was edified to hear the rest of his story. It made me appreciate his other work even that much more.

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Thank you

I strongly believe that we owe ourself reading his books . Rest Joy my friend in heaven ❤