“This is a book that will help cancer patients. It will inspire, motivate, engender thought and yes, make you laugh. I will highly recommend it to all my patients.” Dr. Brian DiCarlo, Oncologist.
What does a story about a woman who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have to do with fishnet stockings, a flood, some Russians, the Tenth Commandment, superheroes and Galileo?
In a brief two-year period of mishap and mayhem—the effects of chemo, car crashes, asbestos, a hip replacement, conflicting emotions, guilt and envy—the author began a series of email updates to family and friends to keep them abreast of her treatments and to allay their fears that, as is often the case with pancreatic cancer, she had just been handed a death sentence. Those updates, delivered with humor and a delightful sassiness, expanded to include other catastrophic life events and became the driving force behind her book. In the author’s words, “humor was important because, without the ability to laugh, the urge to surrender would be too strong.”
This book will inspire people of all ages from all walks of life but will be especially meaningful for those facing difficult life challenges, particularly those with a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer.
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About the Author
Maryann was born in New York City but spent most of her life in Southern California where she married, raised three children, and began a 34- year career with the Los Angeles Times. In 1994 she moved to London to establish the Times' first International business office, returning to California five years later. After retirement, Maryann moved into a seaside cottage in the small central California coastal community of Cambria. Her activities include leading aerobics and strength training sessions at the community center, performing in the local theatre, and taking brisk walks along the coast. For quiet time, she enjoys reading, writing and baking. Family being a big part of her life, she frequently travels south to visit her daughter and grandchildren in Laguna Beach. This is her first book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Harold’s Pancakes
Chapter 2 Can This Be Happening to Me?
Chapter 3 You Can’t Shop if You’re Dead
Chapter 4 A Virgo With a Plan, Or Is That Redundant?
Chapter 5 Fishnet Stockings
Chapter 6 Doctor Doom: The Musical
Chapter 7 Ode to “The Californians”
Chapter 8 Meatballs and Helicopter Moms
Chapter 9 The Oncology Center
Chapter 10 Little Green What?
Chapter 11 Ali’s Artichoke Ravioli…and More
Chapter 12 Chemo Buddy
Chapter 13 Grandchildren: Life’s Greatest Reward
Chapter 14 Stripes or Checks?
Chapter 15 How Can I Help?
Chapter 16 Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Chapter 17 Legal Issues
Chapter 18 Bam! Zap! Kapow!
Chapter 19 Spend All Your Kisses
Chapter 20 The Bald Spots
Chapter 21 False Alarm!
Chapter 22 Joy Is Not the Absence of Pain
Chapter 23 Frankenstein and Wine
Chapter 24 A Year of Living Dangerously
Chapter 25 Two to Five
Chapter 26 Dragon Slayer
Chapter 27 Me and Galileo
Chapter 28 Slaying the Dragon Slayer
Chapter 29 Bionic Woman
Chapter 30 I’m Alive, So Why Not Shop?
Chapter 31 It’s My Body and I’ll Cry If I Want To…
Chapter 32 Ducking Bullets
Chapter 33 Fear Is a Reaction, Courage Is a Decision.
Chapter 34 Speaking of Heaven
Chapter 35 Bucket List?
Chapter 36 A Dream
Chapter 37 I’ve Been Through Hell and I’m Not Gonna Take It Anymore!
Chapter 38 Should I Kill Myself or Have a Cup of Coffee?
Chapter 39 Spoiler Alert: I’m still Here
Chapter 40 R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Chapter 41 Never Give In, Never Give In, Never, Never, Never!
Chapter 42 “Cancer Is Cool…,” Said No One, Anywhere, Ever!
Chapter 43 Harold’s Pancake Recipe