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Mortal Musings: Waiting for Dawn
ISBN-978-1913762308

For many of us, cancer is an inescapable reality. It is estimated that one in two people will be affected by the disease during their life. ‘Mortal Musings: Waiting for Dawn’ is a moving, thought-provoking and intensely personal account of one man’s journey.

 

In October 2016 my indigestion turned out to be cancer.  A few days later, the news got worse when it was discovered my cancer was not only rare and incurable, but it was Stage IV and I likely had only a few months to live.   A death sentence like that naturally makes you think about your own mortality and what lies beyond.  But I was not about to give in to the inevitable.  I refused to believe in a no-win scenario.

 

People say it is always darkest before the dawn, so I set about waiting for the sunrise.  Being impatient, I did everything I could to hurry it along.

Mortal Musings is about my fight -- physically, mentally and spiritually.  It is about hope, faith and denial, how the cancer impacted my life and the lives of those around me, my treatments and the emotional struggle I endured.   But it also delves into speculation about what lies ahead, beyond this mortal coil.  That I am still here, three years later, is a miracle.  That I am now cancer free is even more amazing.  As Jimmy Valvano said, “don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” And I didn’t.

 

The book, while frank, is told with humor and spiced with interesting background stories.  It is entertaining, provocative, emotional, informative and inspirational.

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