All three authors live and work in the caring professions in the London area of southwestern Ontario. Jennifer Fazakerley is a regional manager with the South West Community Care Access Centre, where Grace Bradish is a home visiting nurse practitioner. Helen Butlin-Battler is a spiritual care specialist with the London Regional Cancer Program.
In August 2009, Rob and Jen Fazakerley learned that Rob had cancer of the pancreas, which had spread. They accepted immediately the certain outcome of this diagnosis and sought to make the time remaining as good and full as possible. E-mail linked Jen with caregivers Grace and Helen and a growing band of supporters, documenting the daily reality of the medications, chemotherapy, family and friends, and emotions of living well with a terminal illness. Far from being a tragedy, Just Stay ... shows powerfully how the forces of life, hope, and love can have the last word, even in death.