Night Reflections: A True Story of Friendship, Love, Cancer, and Survival

Night Reflections: A True Story of Friendship, Love, Cancer, and Survival

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ISBN-13: 9781630060701
Publisher: Humanix Books
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

DR. ROBERT T. WINN is the long-serving Medical Director for the Deer Valley Ski and Park City Ski resorts in Utah. In this capacity he administrates and sets policy for the on-mountain clinics that care for thou- sands of guests from around the world each year. For over twenty years he also served as the Medical Director at the Old Faithful clinic in Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park created in 1872. Dr. Winn’s writing career is a direct outgrowth of his many years as a “teacher.” Indispensably, he continues to enjoy showing students how to provide medical care like an “old time country doctor.”

TIMOTHY R. PEARSON is the author of the number-one International and New York Times best seller The Old Rules Are Dead; president and CEO of the Thomas L. Pearson and the Pearson Family Members Foundation, the philanthropic intermediary of the Pearson Family that conceived and established The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public
Policy Studies; and founder, president, and CEO of Pearson Advisors & Partners.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Author's Note xvii

Prelude 1

The Beginning 5

Night Reflections

As Sick as a Person Can Be 15

The Patient Who Stopped My Heart 17

A Life Turned Upside Down 20

Crazy in Love 22

A Rock in the Face of a Storm 24

The Importance of Kind Thoughts 26

The Exorcising of Demons 29

A Sack Full of Stones 33

The Hospital Roller Coaster 37

The Power of Determination 40

Hepburn and Tracy 43

Random Thoughts in a Dark Room 45

A Week Is a Very Long Time 49

A Mother's Son 53

The Red Assassin 55

The Power of a Letter 57

A Glimpse of Nancy's Garden 59

A Kick to the Groin 62

A New Perspective 67

A Half-Full Glass of Lemonade 70

As Close to Heaven as You Can Get 73

Cherishing Each Day as It Comes 75

Only in the South 78

Playing the Waiting Game 81

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder 85

It's All or Nothing 88

The Answer Is "Super" 91

Laughter Is the Best Medicine 95

No Worries 97

Anger Isn't a Bad Thing 98

A Day Full of Promise 100

A Day of Less Promise 103

Singing in the Sunlight 107

Christmas in July 109

A Trip to Normal 112

I Yam What I Yam 116

A Tip of the Hat to Chemotherapy 119

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow 124

Donuts and the Nadir 128

An All-Too-Familiar Question 130

A Wait Well Worth It 132

It's Party Time 134

The Numbers Don't Add Up, Part 1 135

The Numbers Don't Add Up, Part 2 141

It's as Clear as Mud 144

The Details Are a Little Muddy 147

The Large and Small of It All 149

That's a Lot of Stuff 152

New Stories from Cancerland 155

Smiles All Around 158

The Perfect Vacation 160

Two Is Better than One 163

In Search of Mecca 167

Perfection Is in the Numbers 170

The Many Kindnesses of Those around Us 173

Free as a Bird 175

Nectar of the Gods 179

Another One Bites the Dust 184

Laughter Is the Best Medicine 186

When Final Really Is Final 189

Merriment in a Dark Time 192

A Journey of Daydreams 195

The Last Supper 199

The Transplant Shuffle 202

Luck Is Believing You're Lucky 204

Pleasant Dreams, Sweetheart 209

From This Day Forward 213

The One Redeeming Quality of a Crocodile 218

The Angels Were with Us Last Night 220

Nancy Has Begun Drinking Again 225

The Two Unspoken Words 227

The Engraftment Blues 231

One More Bite of Oatmeal 235

A Real Reason to Give Thanks 237

A Jumbo Pillbox 242

Ask and You Will Get Answers 247

The Merry-Go-Round Goes Round 250

Balancing on a Tightrope 254

So You Think You Can Dance? 256

The Best Christmas Ever 261

Stepping Up Isn't Hard to Do 264

A Holiday Miracle 266

A Christmas to Remember 269

Warts and All 273

Tonight's the Night 276

The New Normal 279

Sharks in the Water 281

A Single Blade of Grass 284

A Shining Light 287

An Age-Old Ritual 290

The Mother of Good Fortune 294

Thoughts on Kissing a Fashionista 298

The Real Deal 301

The Best Gift of All 303

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 306

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 310

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 312

This Isn't Our First Rodeo 314

The Best Laid Plans 316

The Essence of Happiness 320

A Toast to Regularity 322

A Very Important Anniversary 326

Hope instead of Uncertainty 327

Such a Long, Long Way 328

A Great Day for a Haircut 330

Growing Up Is Hard 333

Christmas in April 335

Transplant + Two 340

Castles by the Sea 344

Conclusion 347

Finale 351

About the Authors 357

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 361

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