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By Eugene O'Kelly

“Must the top of lifestyles be the worst half? Can or not it's made the best?” At fifty three, Eugene O'Kelly used to be within the complete swing of existence. Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of many biggest U.S. accounting agencies, he loved a winning occupation and drew happiness from his spouse, youngsters, kinfolk, and shut pals. He was once considering forward: the subsequent work trip, the firm's persevered good fortune, weekend plans together with his spouse, his daughter's first day of 8th grade. Then in may perhaps 2005, Gene was once clinically determined with late-stage mind melanoma and given 3 to 6 months to reside. similar to that. Now a starting to be darkness used to be soaking up the brilliant destiny he had noticeable for himself. He must swap his plans, speedy, and seize what he might of his final diminishing days. Chasing sunlight is the account of his ultimate trip. ranging from the time of his analysis and concluded upon his dying lower than 4 months later, this ebook is his unforgettable tale. With startling intimacy, it chronicles the dissolution of Eugene O'Kelly's existence and his slow awakening to a extra profound figuring out. Interweaving unsettling info of his conflict with melanoma along with his moment-to-moment reflections on lifestyles and demise, love and good fortune, spirituality and the quest for that means, it presents a testomony to the ability of the human spirit and a compelling message approximately how you can dwell a extra brilliant, balanced, and significant lifestyles. Inspiring, passionate, deeply insightful, Chasing sunlight is a impressive man's poignant farewell to a liked global. (20060130)

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In particular, we loved to play late in the day. The course tended to be emptier. The sun was lower in the sky, making the shadows longer and the trees bordering each hole look more impressive and beautiful. It was a magical time to play. When we were out there, we felt almost touched by something, our senses heightened. It was as if we weren’t just playing golf, but chasing daylight, grabbing as much time as we could. In early May of 2005, Corinne and I played golf. My round started well. But on the eighth hole, I teed up the The Bottom Line 27 ball, struck it—and it went way right.

I would need to recalibrate in every way. 48 Chasing Daylight I knew hope existed, and I knew it was largely up to me to uncover it. I remembered when my good friend Bill had had a seven-way heart bypass. After three days of lying in his hospital bed, he was told by the doctor that he could take 25 steps. Bill did his exercise in the morning, then asked if he could take 25 more steps later that day. Soon, he was shuffling down the hall four times a day. “No, actually you have it a lot worse than they do,” she said.

She said she felt she had no choice but to move; she rose from her seat as if it was beyond her control. Nothing like it had ever happened to her before, she said. It wasn’t the first time in our marriage that she’d picked up a signal that I’d tuned out. I assured her that our life was not coming apart. The stress in my life The Bottom Line 31 was at such a distracting level, I didn’t realize just how insufficiently I had reassured Corinne. Not that I could have anyway. z When Corinne and I showed up at the neurologist’s office at Cornell Medical Center on Tuesday, May 24, we were both convinced I was suffering from something stressrelated, probably Bell’s palsy.

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