By Eugene O'Kelly
“Must the tip of lifestyles be the worst half? Can it's made the best?” At fifty three, Eugene O'Kelly used to be within the complete swing of lifestyles. Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of many biggest U.S. accounting companies, he loved a profitable profession and drew happiness from his spouse, teenagers, kinfolk, and shut buddies. He used to be considering forward: the subsequent work trip, the firm's endured luck, weekend plans together with his spouse, his daughter's first day of 8th grade. Then in may perhaps 2005, Gene used to be clinically determined with late-stage mind melanoma and given 3 to 6 months to stay. similar to that. Now a starting to be darkness used to be soaking up the intense destiny he had obvious for himself. He must swap his plans, fast, and seize what he may of his final diminishing days. Chasing sunlight is the account of his ultimate trip. ranging from the time of his prognosis and concluded upon his demise under 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 together with his moment-to-moment reflections on lifestyles and loss of life, love and good fortune, spirituality and the quest for which means, it presents a testomony to the facility of the human spirit and a compelling message approximately the best way to stay a extra brilliant, balanced, and significant lifestyles. Inspiring, passionate, deeply insightful, Chasing sunlight is a impressive man's poignant farewell to a cherished international. (20060130)
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When we discussed it that evening, she said she thought the doctor probably just needed to rule out some things, to be sure. The next morning I went in for the MRI, then headed to the office for a particularly important board meeting. A few hours later, the neurologist called my office. My sec- The Bottom Line 33 retary, Caryn, passed the message on to Corinne, who called the doctor back. The doctor was hesitant to share the results with anyone but me. Corinne persuaded the doctor. “We found something,” the doctor said.
It wasn’t really a bell-shaped curve. But I wasn’t even in that second group, really. I’d be lucky to get three months, even with treatment that worked. My vision was already starting to blur. I wasn’t sure when I had first become symptomatic; Corinne and I thought hard about it but couldn’t really come up with earlier signs. Caryn, my assistant, pointed out that I’d had a few headaches in the previous months—not severe ones, and they subsided after an aspirin, but I’d never really had headaches before, ever.
I was always moving at 100 miles an hour. I worked all the time. I worked weekends. I worked late into many nights. I missed virtually every school function for my younger daughter. My annual travel schedule averaged, conservatively, 150,000 miles. For the first 10 years of my marriage, when I was climbing the ladder at KPMG, Corinne and I rarely went on vacation. After that, vacations were mostly rolled into the corporate outings I was required to attend. One year, when we were still living in the Bay Area, our biggest account, based in New York, required my full attention; I lived there for nine months, getting back to the West Coast only on weekends to see my family.