- Thirty-Two Weeks They Could Never Have Imagined -
When your wife is diagnosed with cancer it is agonizing. When both of you are diagnosed within weeks of each other the uncertainty is relentless. Jay Otterbacher's memoir details one unbelievable year he could never have imagined. Anyone with a friend, colleague or loved one facing cancer can better understand what they are going through from this amazing story of thirty-two weeks in 2006.
"It's Cancer" provides an unfiltered view behind the public facade into the home, relationships and treatment of one ordinary couple facing an inconceivable battle against two cancers at the same time. The implausible circumstances created the story. This narrative captures it in an open and friendly manner that allows you to be there with Karen and Jay as they use humor and strength to navigate through the fear, stress and uncertainty that all cancer patients know too well.
- Inspiration and Insight -
Whether it was family, friends, dolphins or doctors something always appeared just the way it had to at just the time they needed it during this incredible year. Jay shares the impact that each of these encounters had on their fight with the disease and their perspectives on life.
If you have been told "It's Cancer" this book can be a source of hope and inspiration while you learn from the choices (both good and bad) that Karen and Jay made in their treatment and in communicating with the people who cared about them. If cancer has touched someone in your life the details captured in this book will give you insight into the week to week grind of the fight to regain control of their lives.When he finished walking us through the plan I asked about mastectomy. He said it was not even something he was considering in Karen's case. He explained that mastectomy was invasive surgery with a long recovery time and there was no evidence that it would improve her survival chances. I thought about debating with him since I had about twelve hours of exhaustive internet self-study on breast cancer but since we loved his answer I let him ride on this one. By the time we had walked back across the causeway through the hospital and to our car, Karen had her jaw set. She was going to beat this and she was going to do it in a big way. She declared that she wanted an elliptical machine so she could work out at home and stay in shape during her recovery. I responded that we would get one. Karen let me know that that was not good enough; she wanted one now. We drove from the hospital to an exercise equipment store.They had six or eight different models in the store, three of which were on sale. Karen pointed to one of the top models and said "that one". At that point the salesman in the store started his pitch on a lesser model that was on sale. He apparently did not understand that the answer to everything that day was to be yes. I gave him a shut up look, a credit card and asked how much to have it delivered that day. By the end of the day it was installed in our exercise room. It would be nine months before either of us would use it.
"A gripping story about a couple's simultaneous journey from diagnosis, through the labyrinthine path of treatment and, ultimately, to recovery and cure. Readers will come to understand the importance of becoming an active participant in the decision-making process and not merely the passive recipient of treatment." - Gere B. Fulton, Ph. D., J. D., Professor Emeritus of Public Health, The University of Toledo (Ohio)
"I truly believe that Jay Otterbacher's story should be a lesson to us all that getting well requires patient and doctor working together to find the best solution and the patient having positive mind and spirit. This wonderful book gives excellent direction." - Gerald Fishman, M.D.
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