I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sixty Days Left by Andrea Lechner-Becker
Published by Andrea Writes Things on May 15, 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
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At thirty, Willow Harrington received a six-months-to-live terminal diagnosis. In this, the diary of her last sixty days, she details her decision to trade the wide-open spaces of rural Wyoming for Portland, where she’ll end her life at a time of her choosing through Death with Dignity, physician-assisted death.
With a heartfelt sarcastic tone, Willow journals her past, her mortality, the effects of her disease on those around her and ultimately how she wants to write the end of her story. It challenges readers to question: What would you do with sixty days left?
Shouldn’t one be free to choose how to die as they possess the right to live?
This is one of the questions Willow Harrington asks herself when faced with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. She is only thirty years old and her short life is coming to an end. Sixty Days Left takes us on her journey through the present and the past written in journal entries chronicling the last sixty days of her life. We start at the end of her journey, the last day of her life. The day she designated fifty-nine days ago that would be her last day of seeing all the beauty left in the world. Through the Death With Dignity Act, Willow will die on her own terms, surrounded by loved ones as she takes her final breath.
The Death With Dignity Act is such a controversial issue and Andrea Lechner-Becker really captured the emotions and the heart of the issue that terminally ill patients face. The Death With Dignity Act gives people a voice. It lets one determine their right to live and die. Willow wanted to to make that choice on her own. She didn’t want to waste away from cancer. She did not want cancer to win. I don’t know if I liked Willow as a person, but I could rationalize and sympathize with what she was going through and the decisions she has made. She does redeem herself though through interactions with her family and friends. Willow becomes most likeable through her journal entries and how she expressed seeing things for the first time and experiencing things that most people take for granted. She saw the beauty in life and sometimes we all need to take a step back and appreciate the little things that are around us. It is an important lesson and I am so glad that I got to experience life through Willow’s eyes.
Take care of each other. Be kind. Continue to live your lives as if you are not owed tomorrow. Take a moment to stop, to breathe, to appreciate the beauty you’ve been gifted, and, in the roses, to remember me. Don’t be sad for me. Instead learn from my experience. Don’t wait until you know when your life will end to begin living it. Do it now.
Andrea Lechner-Becker has such a way of drawing you into a story that is beautifully written and descriptive. The story flows so smoothly and so effortlessly. Sixty Days Left is an intense and emotional read. You will laugh, you will cry, and your heart will break for Willow and her family. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Please pick yourself up a copy and have a box of tissues by your side as you immerse yourself in Willow’s heartbreaking story.