My partner and I are looking to publish a book on a variety of social issues, including but not limited to (see list below). If you are interested, please contact us at:
- Affirmative Action
- Animal Rights
- Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Violence
- Birth Control
- Children’s Rights
- Church-State Separation
- Civil Rights
- Corporate Downsizing
- Defense Spending and Preparedness
- Drug Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Gender issues
- Human Rights
- Judicial Reform
- Media,Sex and Violence
- Racial profiling
- Single Parenting
“Get Outta My Head: My Life Living with Brain Cancer” was the first book that I authored to date. With this book, it was a little scary because it was a new experience for me, delving into the unknown. Even though I had previously written 2 short articles, I never thought or believed I could write a book until a friend suggested it to me. I thought it would be too much of an undertaking, but he pushed me and encouraged me until I had faith in myself that I could actually get it done. This books tells the story of how in 2009 I was suddenly stricken with a seizure, then was diagnosed with a tumor, which was cancerous. I had surgery, but a piece of the tumor is still in my brain. I’ts now 2013, the tumor has not shrunk, but it not grown, so for now, it’s stable, requiring me to get less frequent MRI’s. But since it’s still there, I likely won’t ever be in remission. But, such is life. It could be worse.
As far a writing my book, if I could do it over again, all I can say is that I would have written more to my story, I would have gone more in depth in certain areas, I could have been more passionate. I would have tried to contain my enthusiasm and paid closer attention to detail, but there is nothing that I would have removed.
I am currently in the process of co-editing a book with a colleague called “Hope Shining Through the Darkness of Cancer” which is a compilation of different authors who contributed their cancer stories to the overall book endeavor. This book should be released in 2013.
Working with Blue Harvest Creative was a wonderful experience. Not only are they the best for your buck, but they are very patient and helpful in assisting with guiding you through the process of getting your book published. I originally had someone do an imprint for me which I initially thought looked good. Then BHC did another imprint for me and I felt like I was in heaven…. it was so spectacular. Then they created for me a cover that was perfect for my book concept, and the interior layout was beautiful. I was floored when I saw the final product.
For those who are looking to start their first book, I’d say, just have a basic theme of what you want to write about. Then do a table of contents. It helps if you have someone (which I did) to hold you accountable for writing “x” amount per day, per week etc. Once that is done, just type till your fingers get numb 🙂
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I wonder if my life was interrupted by my cancer, or was this the intended path. As it was, I was born. I got a job in finance. I got married. I got divorced. I got a tumor. I had surgery. I got cancer. I wonder if there is something else I was meant to do with my life that I would not have done if I didn’t get cancer. I think so. I think in some way or fashion, I was meant to reach out to people in some kind of inspirational manner, like I hope I’m doing now through my various writings.
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If what Dennis Leary said would upset people (with cancer and other illnesses) when he wrote, “Most people think life sucks, then you die. Not me, I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty five years and you pay it back and then – one day – you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then – on day – you step off a at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.”
What it was like, coming to my senses?
Feeling the touch of cancer, rummaging through my head,
Hearing the silence as I lay unconscious for my surgery,
Smelling the stench of steel cutting into my skull,
Tasting the medications as they coursed through my body,
Seeing the wonder of being able to live another day.
I wonder if my dreams during that time had any significance as a reflection of what I was going through. I dreamt that there was a blind man who all of a sudden got his vision back. He saw how horrible the world was and wished to be blind again. I sometimes wonder if somehow that is connected to my situation.
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If people would consider that I got a beauty treatment while in the hospital vanity. I was so heavily drugged that in retrospect I wonder why I even cared. I guess I figured somewhere in my moment of lucidity that I needed to look my best, or at least half way decent for my visitors. So I got my friend Joan to pretty up my face for me. Then I would have a seizure and tears would flow from my eyes and make my eye liner smear. Oh, darn it, then it was back to the drawing board.
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Why many people were confused as to what I was telling them? Well, because I was so medicated I sent out a text to friends and family saying hey, my brain tumor is NOT cancerous. Then I had to turn around and tell them that it was. Moral of the story, don’t text while under the influence of heavy medication.
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What others in my situation were feeling when they heard about their tumor and the possibility that it could be cancerous? My reaction was, oh well, I have cancer. You see, I’ve come to learn not to upset myself over things that I don’t seem to have any control over.
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If I am numb. Aside from the physical pain, I felt no emotional anguish upon hearing that I have cancer. Maybe it was the sedation, but I would figure that once reality set in that I’d be upset, but I wasn’t.
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