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March pick-of-the-month "On My Own"

Written by witf.org | Mar 1, 2016 1:00 AM
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Beloved radio host Diane Rehm has been a fixture on public radio since 1979. Her connection with her guests and her audience is legendary. Now, in her deeply personal and moving new book "On My Own" she shares her own story, through the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of John, her husband of 54 years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.

Diane was recently a special guest on WITF's Smart Talk and discussed with Scott LaMar her book and her life since John's death. The full interview can be heard here.

John's unnecessarily extended death - he begged to be helped to die - culminated in his taking matters into his own hands, simply refusing to take water, food, and medication. His heroic actions challenged Diane to become personally involved in the "right to die" movement that is slowly taking shape in our country. With the brave determination that has characterized her whole life, she is finding a meaningful new way to contribute to the world.

With John gone, Diane was indeed "on her own", coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to memories of the past. Her focus is on her own roller-coaster experiences, but she also solicited the moving stories of such recently widowed friends as Roger Mudd and Susan Stamberg, which work to expose the reader to a remarkable range of reactions to the death of a spouse. 

Diane is the host of "The Diane Rehm Show", which originates on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C. and has a weekly listening audience of 2.5 million people. It can be heard on WITF 89.5 & 93.3 every weekday, starting at 10:00 a.m.

--Aaron's Books

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