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The Last Ten Days - Academia, Dementia, and the Choice to Die

A Loving Memoir of Richard A. Brosio, Ph.D.

Martha Brosio (author) Shelley Burbank (author)

ISBN: 9781975501808

Publication Date: May 2019

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

A heartrending memoir of love, scholarship, dignity, courage, and the choices one is forced to make when given the devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness. Reminiscent of Still Alice, The Last Ten Days grabs the heartstrings and gives a mighty tug.
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The Last Ten Days: Academia, Dementia, and the Choice to Die is a heartrending memoir of love, scholarship, dignity, courage, and the choices one is forced to make when given the devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness.

Spanning sixty years, this extraordinary book recounts the love story of Martha Risberg Brosio and her husband, Richard Brosio, Ph.D., a brilliant scholar and college professor whose communication skills dazzled all with whom he came in contact. Teenage sweethearts who went their separate ways after high school, Martha and Richard reconnected twenty-six years later over a friendly dinner that sparked into passionate love. They married in 1983, enjoying a vibrant life.

Then tragedy struck. In late 2013, Richard was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a type of dementia similar to Alzheimer's that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. The disease impacted Richard's ability to communicate. Eventually, he would lose his verbal and processing skills. There was no cure. Determined to have a dignified death at the time and in the manner of his own choosing, Richard hastened his death two years after his diagnosis by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, seeking only palliative and hospice care until the end.

Reminiscent of Still Alice, The Notebook, Tuesdays with Morrie, and When Breath Becomes Air, The Last Ten Days grabs the heartstrings and gives a mighty tug.
Pages 150
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2019
Publisher Myers Education Press
Subject/s Higher & further education, tertiary education   Family & health   Biography & True Stories   Alzheimer's & dementia  
  • Prologue: In What Spirit Do You Come?
  • Day One
  • Day Two
  • Day Three
  • Day Four
  • Day Five
  • Day Six
  • Day Seven
  • Day Eight
  • Day Nine
  • Day Ten
  • Afterword
Martha Brosio grew up in Iron Mountain, Michigan. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enjoys her family, good food, good conversation, and rooting for the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Shelley Burbank lives in San Diego, but her roots are sunk deep in the rocky soil of Maine. Her fiction has appeared in little and literary magazines, The Maine Review and The Katherine Press Review, and she was a features and news writer for The Waterboro Reporter weekly newspaper.

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