Stay, Breathe with Me: The Gift of Compassionate Medicine 

Not just another book about death and dying, Stay, Breathe with Me shows how to bring heart and compassion back into medicine to revive the art of care. 

From a pioneer in palliative care comes the gift of wisdom that when we remove false barriers and fully embrace the human side of illness, we dispel fear and ease suffering. This thought-provoking, compassionate book views serious illness as a drama of body, mind, and soul where symptoms and suffering cannot be separated from the person who is ill.  

Heartfelt, and with “little pearls of sound clinical wisdom on just about every page,” this collection of stories from patients, their families and caregivers, not only shows how medicine can ease the suffering of the ill, but also how medicine can reclaim its heart. 

Irene once thrived for many years as a technical communicator, author, and teacher in France, Italy, the UK, and Canada. But today, she writes stories about healing from the heart. After a stint of living off-grid on the remote edge of nowhere (in the northern Canadian bush), Irene is happy to have returned from the wilderness to settle with her mountain-man-husband on a lovely (and mostly civilized) island without any predators!  … But that is a whole other story …