Warrior Patient: How to Beat Deadly Diseases With Laughter, Good Doctors, Love, and Guts.

Warrior Patient: How to Beat Deadly Diseases With Laughter, Good Doctors, Love, and Guts.

by Temple Emmet Williams

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Warrior Patient: How to Beat Deadly Diseases With Laughter, Good Doctors, Love, and Guts. by Temple Emmet Williams

Warrior Patient is a stunning story about a person who completely recovers from life-threatening medical problems. They include cancer, kidney failure, dialysis, deadly infections, partial blindness, shingles, large open wounds, a hernia and a little amputation. It takes almost three years to accomplish, but the patient now plays tennis, walks, bikes and works out in a gym. Almost miraculously, he is "back to normal." Learn how he did it in a spellbinding memoir of survival that will forever change the way you deal with the miracle of modern medicine.

*****

The world we live in has the best doctors and the most advanced medical system that our civilization has ever known.

Yet 100,000 patients die and nine million suffer injury every year. If medical mistakes were a disease, it would be the sixth leading cause of deaths in America.

In this age of medical miracles, patients continue to sink into the quicksand of "going to the hospital." Who has not heard about someone who checked into a facility for "normal" surgery ... leading to their death?

A cartoon makes a joke out of it. It shows a doctor in a laboratory. "We don't need better medicine," he announces to his colleagues, "we need stronger lab rats."

Reading Warrior Patient, you take an extraordinary, often amusing journey into the quicksand of modern medicine. In the midst of a long list of life-threatening illnesses, you learn to laugh and you learn how to become a much stronger lab rat, a "Warrior Patient."

You take advantage of America's modern medical system. You are not taken advantage of by that system.

The story unfolds with humor and anecdotes that capture characters, times and places, from good doctors to bad ones, from childhood to old age, from Africa to Sweden. In the end, you completely recover. You live again. You have a life.

Enjoy the trip.

KIRKUS REVIEW follows:

In his humorous debut memoir, Williams envisions his shambolic prostate cancer saga as the education of a "medical dope" into "healthy hope."

A Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and editor based in Boca Raton, Florida, Williams embarked on an unwelcome medical odyssey after a biopsy revealed he had prostate cancer. Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of a three-year comedy of errors.

The radical robotic prostatectomy went well, but it was followed by hernias, MRSA, kidney failure, shingles, and eye troubles. Doctors failed him with a "prescription fiasco" and a canceled surgery. This might all have made for an overwhelmingly depressing litany of suffering were it not for Williams' winning second-person, present-tense narration.

By recounting his journey like a set of instructions to a hapless new patient, he involves readers on an intimate level and gains wry perspective on his own circumstances. Along the way, he gives readable accounts of bodily processes and treatment history, such as a description of early dialysis.

In one memorable chapter, he also recalls four previous occasions when he faced down death: pneumonia at age 4, two reckless teenage car accidents, and incarceration in a Malawi prison.

"Humor is the best doctor you will ever know," Williams insists, and he follows his own advice by finding the funny side of every situation. That doctor who caused a prescription snafu-which gave Williams blisters all over his groin and legs-attended "the 10,623rd best medical school in the world." Even catheterization and erectile dysfunction offer a few laughs, the latter entailing a special class and a penis pump.

Clip art and stock photos ... add color and whimsy. Yet Williams stresses that patients must demand answers and hold their physicians to account.

There are serious warnings here, too, often delivered in short "Warrior Patient rule" aphorisms at the end of each chapter. For instance, "If you need help, get it. Bravery is for dead people."

Equally sardonic and informative-definitely not your average cancer memoir. - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990843344
Publisher: Templeworks Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tootie Wright, a childhood neighbor in the small village of Gates Mills, Ohio sees me dragging a huge snapping turtle across her lawn in the sweltering heat of July, 1951.

"Temple," she calls from her porch, "turn that reptile loose." Mrs. Wright teaches elementary school with considerable precision. The 15-pound snapper continues its trenchwork across her manicured lawn as I drag it by the tail, upside down, heading straight for ... "Gonna start a turtle farm, Misses Wright."

She bribes me out of the Turtle Business with warm tollhouse cookies. The snapper lumbers back to its nearby pond as Tootie Wright starts reading me Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose. I learn that words can paint pictures and run tears down my cookie-crumbed face. Writing fills much of my life after that day. I become a journalist, an editor, a copywriter, a ghost writer, a speech writer.

Tootie Wright starts it all.

I also remember the first professional writer who took me under his wing and dared me to make a difference with words: Hayes Jacobs at the New School for Social Research. He wrote in The New Yorker. He would enjoy the significance of the text message near the end of these paragraphs.

Thanks also to all the great newspaper and magazine people who turned me into a journalist, especially Richard D. Peters, my editor at the New York World Telegram and Sun and Otto Krause at News/Check magazine in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Thanks to the wonderful editors who turned me into an editor myself many years later: Ed Thompson and Mary Lou Allen at The Reader's Digest. Thanks to the great copywriters who taught me the power of words, especially Steve Trygg, David Ogilvy, Leo Burnett and Rudy Perz (who invented the Pillsbury Doughboy).

This book, Warrior Patient, had the best review any author could hope for soon after it was published, in a text message on my IPhone:

"Going through some medical issues and your experiences have made me look at them in a lighter better light .... It was important for me to let you know your book is helping me deal with and take charge of my treatment. Thanks Dad."

My son, Douglas Scott Williams, has become a Warrior Patient. He will fight well and with honor.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue: Book In A Few Pages
Chapter 1: The Fall
Chapter 2: You Have Cancer
Chapter 3: The Catheter Wars
Chapter 4: Celebration, Florida
Chapter 5: A Growing Business
Chapter 6: "Come Home."
Chapter 7: Hands Of Death And Destruction
Chapter 8: Celebration Redux
Chapter 9: Emergency Fever
Chapter 10: Plug Into Dialysis
Chapter 11: Cheating Death
Chapter 12: Sergeant Rhyder
Chapter 13: Wraparound Shingles
Chapter 14: A Smiley Face Wearing A Mask
Chapter 15: The Eyes Have It
Chapter 16: The Imaginary Operation
Chapter 17: Learning To Count To 9½
Chapter 18: The Warrior Patient
Epilogue: A Doctor goes to Jail
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite Warrior Patient by Temple Williams is a true story about one man's struggle to survive a series of medical problems over the space of three years. It's a witty story full of unexpected humor, which is sometimes deadpan and sometimes cheerful. The aim of this book is clear: educate the unsuspecting public on the follies of the medical system. Recognize the importance of good healthcare. Be aware and alert regarding the medical condition and treatments you have, with all the risks involved. Essentially what Williams wants to show the world is the difference between being a “warrior patient” and a “medical dope.” The book is effective, and the humor makes these important messages much more pleasant to digest. The chapters end with simple but compelling messages regarding how to be a warrior patient. However, half way through, you realize another unstated recommendation of the book is to take the medical experience seriously. The humor is natural, and each page carries the surprises, angst, discoveries, and wit of an ill man determined to survive an unfortunate series of events. It's a refreshing book that takes us away from the ubiquitous medical drama approach to depicting the medical world in a down to earth way by showing us the struggles and witty observations of the common patient. The book is written in the second person. This makes it more direct. The overall effect is that you feel as if the events of this book, although unlucky, could happen to anyone. It's his death-defying spirit, a keen eye for details, the quest for truth, and an infallible sense of humor which make Williams a great writer.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Warrior Patient: A Memoir About Survival, Hope, Love and Laughter by Temple Emmet Williams is a story about a person who finds himself diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a fall during a friendly tennis match, Temple Williams learns that he has prostate cancer. What follows is a series of events that reads like a comedy of errors, except that it involves a matter of life and death. After three years, he can play tennis regularly again, having won the war on cancer, catheters, infections, kidney failure, hernia, partial blindness, and MRSA, among others. This book tells how Temple Williams defeated his illnesses and transformed himself into a heroic warrior patient. Sarcastic, funny, informative, inspirational, original, entertaining are just some of the words that can describe Warrior Patient. Written by Pulitzer Prize nominated Temple Emmet Williams, this is a book on how to become a warrior patient - a description he invented for people with a life-threatening disease who want to fight it.  Temple Williams has a mean and acerbic sense of humor, which is quickly apparent. What is less obvious is that he wants to inspire those who find themselves in a similar medical labyrinth. He wants them to continue fighting for their lives by providing them with an arsenal of hope, love and laughter. As such, this book raises itself to a whole new level, compared to the others of the same genre that sometimes sound like a host of unsolicited advice. Warrior Patient is a story written by a gifted writer and one that should be read by everyone because, after all, human illness is one of the most natural occurrences in the world.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite Warrior Patient: A Memoir About Survival, Hope, Love & Laughter by Temple Emmet Williams is a humorous and inspirational memoir depicting the author’s personal struggle with multiple serious health issues. The author engages readers with an honest, raw and motivational type narrative, describing his three-year medical battle with cancer, kidney failure, infections and more. It was exhausting just reading about what he went through (so many issues and so many doctor visits) but it was very inspirational and refreshing how he kept a cheerful and humorous attitude throughout it all. Positive thinking versus a defeatist attitude can make a huge difference when facing life's hardships. The author also presents the challenge to readers to be an advocate for your own health and body. Always get a second opinion from another doctor (just to be sure of the diagnosis) and always “go with your gut” when making big medical decisions. I found Warrior Patient: A Memoir About Survival, Hope, Love & Laughter to be a fun and motivational read. I think the author’s persistent positive attitude helped him immensely throughout his medical battles. A lot of people (when faced with that many health issues) might just feel like giving up, but not Temple Emmet Williams! I think this book could be a great source of inspiration and motivation for anyone going through a health challenge. Keeping your sense of humor, as well as having a positive attitude, can be the difference between giving up or prevailing over a debilitating disease. Kudos to Temple Emmet Williams for sharing his encouraging story with the world!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Warrior Patient: A Memoir About Survival, Hope, Love & Laughter by Temple Emmet Williams is a true story about one man’s fight to survive in today’s medical system, starting with prostate cancer. However, what makes this story unique is the light-hearted, almost humorous way in which it unfolds. Williams is a journalist and editor based in Florida and writes about how he found out he had prostate cancer. This discovery begins a constant struggle that lasts for the next three years. The story tells how he dealt with it using the support of his family as well as humor. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Williams underwent a radical prostatectomy. Although successful, the operation’s after-effects led to kidney failure, dialysis, deadly infections, open wounds, a hernia, shingles, and cataracts, all mishaps of our modern health care system. Throughout this, the author maintains a cheerful, optimistic attitude. With the help of his wife, he beats all the odds. Today he leads an almost normal life again with exercise, social activities, outings, etc. as part of his lifestyle. This book serves as an inspiration to anyone undergoing medical treatment: keep fighting with a smile on your face and hope in your heart. Warrior Patient is an extremely well-written book and, considering the subject matter, very light-hearted almost to the point of being funny. However, the humorous tone of the book in no way detracts from the story that is one of survival. The writing is engaging and fast-paced, and fascinating to read. The book is full of hope, humor, the will to survive and is definitely worth a read.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Warrior Patient: A Memoir About Survival, Hope, Love & Laughter by Temple Emmet Williams is an informative memoir about the author's medical odyssey after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He recounts his journey as if giving instructions to a new patient and involves readers on a personal level; he also gains insight into his own circumstances. Readers go on the journey of the author's ordeal and experiences, which are horrifying, and the messages in the book are indeed inspiring. The book challenges beliefs and questions medical experts, and motivates readers to do the same more often in their lives. The book helps bridge the gap between healthcare providers and patients. Though the book speaks about the struggle of patients, the author's sense of humor tones down the harshness of his terrible journey. The author's advice to use love, laughter, guts and good medical attention is comforting to readers, especially to those who are trying to recover from diseases. The author's words capture characters, times and places from childhood to old age. The book is helpful in looking at medical issues in a lighter vein and, by the time one finishes reading the book, readers will have received training on how to be a Warrior Patient, and how to add extra sunrises and sunsets to their life if they are fighting to survive. The author's positive energy and will to survive against all the odds is evident. The book also tells readers to listen to their bodies when they are undergoing treatment. An uplifting and helpful read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Nandita Keshavan for Readers' Favorite Warrior Patient by Temple Williams is a true story about one man's struggle to survive a series of medical problems over the space of three years. It's a witty story full of unexpected humor, which is sometimes deadpan and sometimes cheerful. The aim of this book is clear: educate the unsuspecting public on the follies of the medical system. Recognize the importance of good healthcare. Be aware and alert regarding the medical condition and treatments you have, with all the risks involved. Essentially what Williams wants to show the world is the difference between being a “warrior patient” and a “medical dope.” The book is effective, and the humor makes these important messages much more pleasant to digest. The chapters end with simple but compelling messages regarding how to be a warrior patient. However, half way through, you realize another unstated recommendation of the book is to take the medical experience seriously. The humor is natural, and each page carries the surprises, angst, discoveries, and wit of an ill man determined to survive an unfortunate series of events. It's a refreshing book that takes us away from the ubiquitous medical drama approach to depicting the medical world in a down to earth way by showing us the struggles and witty observations of the common patient. The book is written in the second person. This makes it more direct. The overall effect is that you feel as if the events of this book, although unlucky, could happen to anyone. It's his death-defying spirit, a keen eye for details, the quest for truth, and an infallible sense of humor which make Williams a great writer.
EPClark More than 1 year ago
"Warrior Patient Rule No. 1: Choose to live. Take personal responsibility for getting better. It is not your doctor's job. It is not God's job. It is your job. God and your doctors might help. And they might not." This is the first rule Temple Williams gives in his often humorous, and even more often enraging, story of his three-year odyssey through the wilderness of serious illness and medical (in)competence. Diagnosed with prostate cancer while in his late 60s, Williams describes how a comedy of errors turns what should be a fairly routine procedure (prostate cancer, he notes, is the second-most-common cancer among men) into a multi-year nightmare of untreated infection, hernias, drug reactions, and eventually renal failure. Williams not only survives all this, but even, miraculously, returns to near full health. However, like many patients with serious illnesses, his faith in the American medical establishment is shaken. This book is the result of that, and is part an autobiographical tale of his own misadventures, and part a collection of tips and warning signs of bad doctors and bad practices, and how to avoid them. But how was it possible for such a routine procedure to go so wrong, and why wasn't Williams more savvy at the outset? Part of the problem is that humans are fallible. And part of the problem is that, as Williams tells us, "It is easy to be stupid in an age of miracles. It can also be deadly." The reason is, he says, "Medicine is not magic, and doctors are not magicians. But in every culture, the medicine man assumes the mantle of an all-powerful demigod. As patients, we willingly raise them to that level with acclaim and applause. Bad doctors continue to bury their mistakes, and nobody hands out a Nobel Prize to patients who survive bad doctors." Everyone is looking for a quick and easy cure, and we've all been trained to defer to doctors and their authoritative manner, even when they know less about what's going on in our body than we do. Or when they don't care: some of the doctors Williams first sees don't do basic things like culture what turns into a serious MRSA infection, or check to make sure the drugs they're prescribing don't interact with the medication he's already taking. And then there are just silly mixups and a basic lack of communication: Williams's wife is diagnosed with ovarian cancer while this is going on, and no one bothers to call her back and tell her that the biopsy results were in fact negative; Williams himself shows up for an operation only to be told that the surgeon had cancelled it two days earlier. This could be a depressing litany of medical malpractice, or an angry rant, but, while Williams is certainly outraged by some of the things that happen to him, the story is overall upbeat and full of humor, as he is not blind to the amusing side of all of this, and a good dose of competent doctors, fighting spirit, and plain old luck see him through. An entertaining story of one man's battle against the excesses of our modern-day idols, with suggestions on how to navigate the rocky waters of western medicine when you, too, fall into them.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that WARRIOR PATIENT by Temple Emmett Williams is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!