Sunday, 24 June 2018

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi


From Goodreads

On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naive medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. 

My thoughts

I devoured this book in a day and gave it a 5 stars or 10/10. It was a very poignant book about a young trainee Neurosurgeon, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

Paul Kalinithi had to come to terms with the fact that he might never qualify as a Neurosurgeon, following the diagnosis of his terminal illness. Even more heartbreaking though is the fact that he may never see his unborn child born, let alone grow up.

Telling the life of Paul and how he had to learn to try and cope with his diagnosis, and all the problems that arose as a result of a life being possibly taken far too soon. A very heartbreaking read that will stay with you for a long time.

This will probably be my read of the year for so many reasons.

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