MAKE TODAY COUNT by Orville & Randall Becker Kelly


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Orville Kelly, who'd spent 11 years in the army and emerged feeling pretty worthless, married Wanda, had four children, and was 42 when he heard that he had cancer of the lymph glands with one of those six months' to three years' prognoses. For a time he isolated himself from the fact, from his wife, and from life in general before he realized that only open communication would remove the sting. This is part of the philosophy of MAKE TODAY COUNT, one of those participatory organizations which has spread, chapter by chapter, across the country and where people can communicate honestly about terminal disease and death (a subject most doctors don't handle properly, he contends, dispensing false hopes and cures). Mr. Kelly has had considerable media exposure and met with a favorable (sometimes unfavorable) response; the book should help to ease the way of others toward that final terminus (Kelly himself, approaching the end, still admits fear of death and the pain ahead). Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the leading thanatologist, contributes a foreword to the book which reflects the simplicity of the man and purposefulness of his intention.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Delacorte