I Promise Not To Suffer
By: Gail D. Storey
As someone who enjoys the outdoors and who has seen the quality of care the hospice program provides this book appealed to me. My husband and I enjoy hiking. It has always been a dream of ours to hike the Appalachian Trail. However a little over a year ago we found out we were expecting our first baby. Now that we have a 5 month old our hiking adventures are some what different. We have never done a hiked the Pacific Crest trail. Our longest hikes were about 10 miles. However reading Gail’s recap of the hike and the detail she puts into it makes you feel like you are right there with them.
The solitude on the trail gave time for Gail and Porter to reflect on their life, their concerns, trials and future. What they could do different and how they could change. Connecting to nature and letting that turn them into a better person. They drew closer together and began to appreciate each other in new ways after 17 years on marriage. Even though Gail was unable to complete the Pacific Crest Trail I really appreciate how Porter continued to send his journal pages back to her. That way Gail could still feel like she was apart of the journey with him.
As I read this book I found myself having a hard time putting it down, totally immersed in every page. At times I even felt emotionally and physically right there with them on their journey. Thinking What adventure would be next? How would they overcome the next obstacle whether it be with in or some kind of physical challenge.
My mother was very ill with an auto immune disease that eventually took her life. Some what different from Gail’s mother dying of cancer. But I could still relate to what goes through ones mind as you see someone you love so dearly slipping away. My mothers last days were made comfortable at home where she wanted to be with the service of the hospice program. As a Hospice doctor Porters true concern, passion and desire to help individuals made my love and appreciation for the hospice program deepen even more than it already was.
Although I personally thought the book could have done without a few choice words, I encourage all to join Porter and Gail on their detailed journey of finding themselves on the Pacific Crest Trail.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.