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Excerpt from Chapter 7 – “The Conclusion, Not the End”

The Journey Through Cancer: How to Lose 25 lbs. Without Diet or Exercise, and Be Cancer Free in 8 Months | Jim Serritella

Excerpt from Chapter 7 – “The Conclusion, Not the End”:

The goal was to be cancer-free. We have met the goal—at a price.
Time has to be paid to the keeper, for the last two chemo
treatements were extensive and drawn out due to the additional UTI
problems. The recovery time has been extended to an unknown
date. Actually, some days are reasonably OK, but then some days are
a killer and the right underarm chest pain is prolonged for the day.
More Tylenol or prescribed pain medication is taken as needed. A
chest operation requires several muscles to be sliced to provide
space to remove a lung mass and lobe; ribs must be separated for
space and access. The body must heal and recover from this procedure
in due time.

Excerpt from Chapter 6 – “The Updates”

The Journey Through Cancer: How to Lose 25 lbs. Without Diet or Exercise, and Be Cancer Free in 8 Months | Jim Serritella

Excerpt from Chapter 6 – “The Updates”:

This chapter of The Journey includes the status reports of my
wife’s condition as she passed various stages. Mention is made
to the evolution of change, as presented earlier, and the different
stages. CHANGE HAPPENS. Expect it, accept it, go with it, and be
ready for the next level of change.

Initially, the updates were sent to a small group of friends and associates.
By the time Update 5 came out, it had become a small e-mail
blast to more than a hundred people. My wife’s condition was of great
concern to all. There are nine update messages in all. I’ve included the
updates to guide you through a similar format or style if you care to
replicate an update to your friends and acquaintances. I have include a
brief comment for you after each update message.

Excerpt from Chapter 5 – “Questions—Lots of Them”

The Journey Through Cancer: How to Lose 25 lbs. Without Diet or Exercise, and Be Cancer Free in 8 Months | Jim Serritella

Excerpt from Chapter 5 – “Questions—Lots of Them”:

What follows are some questions and some answers to the
overall process and events. You will be enlightened as to
what to expect during the journey.

What happens in a chemo session? Some chemo sessions are
administered at the doctor’s office; others are performed at an infusion
center. Both are similar in the process, and some are decorated
a little more lavishly than others. After a small greeting, you are
escorted to a private room or a lounge with several reclining chairs.
While you lounge in the comfortable chair, your port is medically
cleaned and wiped with a medical swab, and an IV needle is placed
in the port. The port is flushed (cleaned for adequate blood flow),
and a blood sample is taken for immediate blood counts. White and
red counts are very important to the therapy.

Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “Prayer”

The Journey Through Cancer: How to Lose 25 lbs. Without Diet or Exercise, and Be Cancer Free in 8 Months | Jim Serritella

Excerpt from Chapter 4 – “Prayer”:

There is an old military expression, “There are no atheists in a
foxhole.” Welcome to the cancer foxhole! I don’t care whether
you are Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, and atheist, or whatever: you
will pray to a deity or higher power. God, Yahweh, or Buddha discussions
(I will use the term of God) will become part of your daily
mediation and petition. It just will. Refer to any of the updates presented
in Chapter 6.

“Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God, in the name of the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
Anyone who has been educated
by the Christian Brothers of St. John de LaSalle will know and
remember the opening words to all prayers on the hour and halfhour
while attending school. Followed by the closing words of the
prayer: “Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever.” The Christian Brother community
had, and still has, a major influence in my life. Did we pray
before exams? Of course. Have I continued to pray in times of uncertain
moments in my life? Of course. And when the cancer diagnosis
was announced, we prayed. And over the succeeding months of
tests, appointments, treatments, and operations, we kept a prayer
vigil.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 – “The Problem”

The Journey Through Cancer: How to Lose 25 lbs. Without Diet or Exercise, and Be Cancer Free in 8 Months | Jim Serritella

Excerpt from Chapter 3 – “The Problem”:

In the world of problems, analysis, and solutions, questions must
be asked to derive the proper approach toward the overall end.
In this case, the PROBLEM is presented before the QUESTIONS so
that the depth of the issue can be assessed first. Some of the recommended
questions follow this section.

At all times the doctors are cautious in the discussions—noncommittal
and constantly needing more data. At all points along this
road, there is frustration. “What if” comments abound. And why
does it take so long?

Excerpt from Chapter 2 – “The Team”

The Journey Through Cancer: How to Lose 25 lbs. Without Diet or Exercise, and Be Cancer Free in 8 Months | Jim Serritella

Excerpt from Chapter 2 – “The Team”:

At all times the applicable team doctors must confer with each
other. In the past, they called and spoke with each other.
Today, more than not, communication is an electronic message or
report being forwarded to the participating doctor. Do not take any
doctor for granted. Contrary to popular belief, the doctor works for
you. If you are not comfortable with your doctor, stop the process,
go back to your primary doctor, relay your situation and status, and
request a new whomever: “Get me another doctor please.” In the
position of guardian, I have had one doctor removed from my wife’s
case and questioned, with definitive results, a doctor’s approach and
diagnosis with positive action defined by myself and agreed to by
our attending physician.