Book Sample - "got cancer?" (spring break gone bad)


An excerpt from "got cancer? spring break gone bad" by James J. Gaudio,
a book about surviving cancer and finding strength.

Chapter 8: Friday the 13th

"Your pathology report is good," the doc started, then concluded with, "Once you get out of here, you'll probably go on living the next twenty-five years of your life like nothing happened, except for needing to recover from the surgery."

I wanted to call Eva, then and there. It's amazing how a dose of good news can chase one’s ills.

"This is good news," I concurred, but in the moment of my little miracle, I did not think to ask the doc if his optimism was based on the tumor having been classified as benign in the pathology report.

As usual, the doc did not stay long. Obviously pleased to have served in the role of the messenger bearing good news, Dr. Freudenburg bid me farewell and took his leave, coffee mug in hand.

Eva arrived just ahead of eight o'clock. I wasted no time in relaying the good news. My words caused her whole face to light up, and she eagerly pressed me for details, more than I could provide. My wife can rapid-fire questions like a machine gun. None of her queries, though, sought to establish the tumor's classification as benign.

On a Friday so dreaded by the superstitious, Eva and I were feeling blessed with good luck. Such a wonderful turn of events had me thinking that I could leave the hospital, once discharged, concerning myself with recovering from the surgery and nothing more. It seemed that I had once again dodged a bullet on the battlefield of life.

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