Linda Gromko, MD
Let Me Go When the Banter Stops: A Doctor's Fight for the Love of her Life

Let Me Go When the Banter Stops tells the true love story of Seattle physician Dr. Linda Gromko, who finds herself in a midlife romance, only to discover that her future will hold new beginnings, but also the pain of letting go. Dovetailing on her earlier memoir, Complications: A Doctor's Love Story, Dr. Gromko's new book revisits the early days with her future husband, Steve Williams, a self-made business executive and consummate networker - and his feisty nine-year-old daughter, Brita. Their challenges included a whirlwind of family dynamics, the relative remoteness of Bainbridge Island to Seattle, but most significantly, Steve's precipitous fall into end-stage kidney failure.

The ensuing story - painful at times, but always heartfelt and grounded in humor, takes unimaginable turns of good fortune, frustration, and resilient perseverance, revealing the contempory medical profession at its best and worst.

Written from both a doctor's professional persepective and a caregiver's personal point of view, Let Me Go When the Banter Stops presents a firsthand testament to overcoming adversity, as this scrappy little family faces kidney transplant, cardiac complications, and surgery after surgery. This poignant memoir plumbs the depths of heartache and sorrow, yet ultimately resonates triumphant as Dr. Gromko and her new daughter Brita discover a shared courage to prevail after devestating loss. Let Me Go When the Banter Stops is a powerful story of the unthinkable realities of disease and the unfathomable capacity of human endurance and advocacy, bearing witness to the sustaining lessons that love reveals in the most unexpected ways. 

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