In April 2007, I met Carli Ward, a 25-year-old woman who had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It would begin a life-changing experience for me as I saw her valiant struggle first-hand over the course of the next eight months.
I visited her more than 60 times and kept detailed notes on each visit, forming the basis of what would become this book. I also relied on conversations with my mother, Gladys Walker, Carli’s mother, Denise, our mutual friend Hartmut Sager, and notes from Carli’s cousin, Gisèle Dagenais.
Following her death, this was a project I knew I had to complete, but I struggled with it for years. To this day, it remains a deeply emotional subject and very difficult to write about.
I finally found the proper form and style that I wanted this book to take and completely reworked the manuscript that I had completed a year after Carli’s death.
It is my hope that this work will stand as a tribute to a brave young woman who remains with me in spirit to this day.
I would also like to thank Sarah Gassen for her meticulous editorial assistance in her review of the manuscript.
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