Refined (My Ride With Cancer)

9781939086105: Refined (My Ride With Cancer)

I think that I speak for more than a few people when I say that nothing was going to prepare me for the flood of emotions that completely overwhelmed me when I found out that I had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Just the word cancer terrifies the psyche. Cancer's terrible power comes in part from its own twisted and diabolic logic: It's the body turning against itself for reasons that defy the imagination. It's not a possibility that anyone wants to think about. To me, cancer had always been a far-fetched idea that happens to "other people," not me or anyone in my circle. I am just too healthy to have cancer. I should be immune from that. Well, I was woken up to an unpleasant reality. Cancer is not a respecter of persons. Welcome to my world. Welcome to the world of cancer and pain, as experienced by me. I don't know the depths of anyone else's story. This is mine, warts and all. In this book, I do not intend to recreate something that has been done already. I do not intend to follow some prescribed parameters or some generic model in writing a book. This book is about how the news of my being diagnosed with prostate cancer has generated and resurrected feelings in me, good, bad, ugly and victorious, that made me who I am today. Onyechi "Nichie" Oguagha was born on May 6, 1962 in Nigeria. He graduated with a BA in political science and public administration from New Jersey City University. He also obtained an MA in economics from Long Island University. He abandoned a PhD program in economics to join in Mission work in Africa in 1989. He worked in the ministry in Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe; Johannesburg, South Africa, Lagos, Nigeria from 1989 to 2005. He has been serving as an evangelist with the New York City Church of Christ since 2005. He and his wife, Deysi, along with their three children, Jennifer, Andrew, and Stephen, reside in New York City, New York.

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