How Steve Became Ralph: A Cancer/Stem Cell Odyssey (With Jokes)

How Steve Became Ralph: A Cancer/Stem Cell Odyssey (With Jokes)

by Steve Buechler


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Steve Buechler began telling his story within a week of his diagnosis with an email to his neighbors. This compelling cancer memoir documents and reflects upon his diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, including a detailed account of the stem cell transplant that saved his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733503419
Publisher: Written Dreams Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/2018
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Steve Buechler is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended UW-Milwaukee and financed his undergraduate education by playing the drums in a rock and roll band. After earning a couple of academic degrees, he had a thirty-one-year career at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he taught sociology.

His favorite pastimes include cruising the Mediterranean, paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, playing poker in Las Vegas, and patronizing a local pool hall. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with his wife Susan Scott. One year before his retirement date, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and a double umbilical cord blood transplant. His website is or you can find him on Facebook @SteveBuechlerAuthor.

Table of Contents

Preface: Lessons Learned

The Odyssey: From Diagnosis and Treatment to Recovery and Survival 1. Induction Chemotherapy and Hospitalization

2. At Home: A Welcome Respite

3. The Hospital to Home Merry-go-Round

4. The Stem Cell Adventure

5. Home for Good

6. Coda

Epilogue: Fashioning New Identities

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