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It's Not Yet Dark    by Simon Fitzmaurice order for
It's Not Yet Dark
by Simon Fitzmaurice
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Houghton Mifflin, 2017 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Carrol Wolverton

The Will to Live is Deeper than Fear ...

These are his words.

This intensely personal memoir vividly depicts what it's like to be on the inside looking out in the throes of terrible disease, in this case, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Writing in the first person stream of consciousness, this acclaimed author states his comments as they come to him. His message is love. His message is life. His message is 'I can still create.'

Apparently in his native Ireland, it is common to allow ALS to take its course. He chose to be put on a ventilator instead. He continued to write and produce a movie, My Name is Emily, operating a computer using eye gage technology. He also fathered a set of twins. None of this would have happened had he chosen normal Irish medical policy.

Moments of brilliant dialogue populate the book. 'I do not eat or drink or walk or talk the way you do. I don't breathe without a machine helping me day and night. I cannot move my arms or legs. And yet, I'm still man.' When I started reading this, it left me with an empty feeling and a sense of what it would be like to be slowly dying and know it. This is wrong, however. The focus must be on what you have, not what you don't have. This man still has much; he has God-given talent to create and produce award-winning scripts and movies.

Even more importantly, he has family to support him and love him. He is watching his children grow up. He still has much and much to give.

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