Never, Ever, Quit

Over the past year and a half, I’ve lost numerous friends to cancer; colon, throat, breast, prostate, esophageal, lung and liver. And each time someone has passed away, I’ve wondered why them and not me.

It’s been over eight years since my last chemotherapy treatment, and three years, according to oncologists, that I have been cancer free. There appears to be no “rhyme or reason” for one person succeeding with their battle with cancer and the other doesn’t make it. While writing this, there are five friends who currently have different stages of cancer. The odds are that two out of the five will not make it, although each of their oncologists has said their chances were 50/50 or better. Though I know each one of them desperately wants to live, there is the lack of “never, ever, quit” in two of these cancer sufferers. And there is another that is half and half as to whether he/she wants to live.

Experiencing surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation is very difficult no matter what type of cancer it is, so difficult for some that they would rather give up and get it over with rather than fight (It is their choice and I will not judge their decision). It takes energy to fight, something cancer takes from us during our battle, but in many cases if the cancer sufferer would just keep pushing and fighting and get through the worst days, there can many times be a remarkable recovery.

As I’ve said before, I believe with all of my heart that the will to live is so powerful that it allows our spirit to overcome anything, even cancer. So please, keep a positive attitude and never, ever, quit.

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April 15, 2015

Since my father-in-law’s death a few years ago, I have struggled with my purpose in life. I felt that somehow I let him down, that I couldn’t convince him to never, ever, give up, no matter what. So I decided that I was not the one to advise others on ways to cope, or deal, with cancer. I don’t have all of the answers, but I know I still care. And helping others is what I believe I need to do. So, with a good friend’s help and advice, I am ready to continue where I left off.

I’ve been told that” Cancer Sucks – A True Story”, is a book that is not dated. Until there is a cure for cancer, this book can and will help anyone of any generation that has been diagnosed with cancer with many of the physical, emotional and spiritual unknowns they will be facing with surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. Yes, surgical procedures and chemicals will change, but the unknowns and side effects will continue.

Therefore, as I see the need to further reach others, “Cancer Sucks – A True Story” the revised edition, is now available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and Google Books, and it is still available in hard copy at all books stores and There will also be an audio book available in the near future. And as always, most of the profit from any form of sales goes to cancer organizations and research.

There is also a new “Cancer Sucks” Facebook site I hope you will visit, like, and leave comments. Liking this site will enable more information to reach a larger number of cancer sufferers and survivors. And I am currently revising the web/blog site, that was designed to discuss the unknowns and problems all of us face during our battle with cancer. I believe what we share can and will help others to make decisions during their treatment. We are the ones with cancer, not our oncologists. We have a right to know what is happening to us before it happens. I hope those who have cancer, going through chemotherapy and/or radiation, and those considered cancer survivors, will help make a difference in the lives of others experiencing what we have already been through. If you are a cancer survivor, then you need to help. All of us need to help. Please, it’s time to make a difference.

If we stick together and learn from one another, we can defeat this dreaded disease. May we all live to see that day. Until then, we will not give up; we will never, ever, quit.

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July 14th, 2013

If the name Dr. Frederick Goldberg rings a bell, it’s because he is the one who wrote the forward for my book, “Cancer Sucks – A True Story.” Doctor Goldberg is the Senior Medicinal Chemist and oncology researcher for AstraZeneca in Manchester, United Kingdom.

I just learned that Dr. Goldberg has recently received an award in Moscow for being chosen the top oncology researcher (for those researchers 35 years of age and under) in all of Europe. And not only is Dr. Goldberg one of the top researchers, but he is a very kind and caring person. It is a pleasure not only knowing him, but to occasionally travel with him and his wife.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Goldberg on his accomplishments and encourage him to continue his aggressive and relentless search for a cure for cancer.

Thank you Dr. Frederick Goldberg.

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