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


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The following are excerpts from my book.

"I caution [my students] that going bald is one thing…Baldness is a matter of vanity. Cancer is a matter of life and death." read more >>

Chapter 1: Signals from the Stairs
"The stairs were telling me something, but I did not want to listen." read more >>

Chapter 4: The C–Word Lurks
"…'can you [doctor] give me some kind of feel for the chances of the tumor being malignant? Fifty-fifty?  Better (for me)?  Worse?'…'No.  I can’t,' broke his [doctor’s] silence." read more >>

Chapter 6: Monday, Monday.   So Good to Me?
Having to admit such a thing…"would have made me very insecure at facing the prospect of my life being soon over.  No such admission was necessary." read more >>

Chapter 7: The Shakies
"I had never heard of the shakies, but I knew instantly that I had them… So, I answered, 'The shakies.'" read more >>

Chapter 8: Friday the 13th
"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." read more >>

Chapter 10: Sunday Was the Last Time
"Sunday was the last time we would ever see Gerry…Life being what it is, Eva and I had no way of knowing Gerry’s fate." read more >>

Chapter 11: Goin' Home I'm Dreamin'
"'Reasonable daily living,' he [surgeon] began, 'must become the guiding principle in your recovery.'…I logically considered that reasonable daily living covered sex, too…"

Chapter 12: Bare Naked Thoughts
"On occasion, I have thought, 'Don't talk to me about your medical problems. If you don’t have cancer, you’re a piker'…But I would remind myself that we all have our troubles…"