The Birth Of A Book – “Crazy Wives Rule “

“The Birth Of A Book” series is a retrospective of the process I used for writing my memoirs.  At the time these posts were written, the notion of turning them into a book still had not crossed my mind.  The goal was to write down my memories the best I could – period. Reflecting on my battle with heart and lung disease was my way of dealing with it. Some people talk to...
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The Birth Of A Book – “What Doesn’t Kill Us…”

These next three posts span a period of about nine months: From the summer of 2006 to the spring of 2007. What was inconceivable for me at the time I wrote these posts was how to accurately convey the enormity of the process: That is the process of getting a new heart. Filling the gaps between these posts we hundreds -yes, hundreds of doctor visits, resulting in countless tests.  During these...
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The Birth Of A Book – “When Lungs Fail To Cooperate”.

As you can see, our trip toward writing a book is still far off, and the posts still taken from April 2010. We (Denise and I) spent many hours at the transplant hospital.  We were either at the hospital for a test, an exam, or the emergency room for heart or lung problems. Add to that my growing list of pain medicines, and – well 2006 was a hard year for me. 2006 was a ponderous year for...
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The Birth Of A Book – “Enter The Heart Transplant Era “

I will never have the writing skills necessary to convey the depth and scope of emotion I felt during this period of my life. Fear, confusion,thoughts of death, despair – a few of the emotions that I battled every day. My family too. In 1990, as I departed from the Air Force, my doctor told us (Denise and I) that I would not survive five years without a new heart. That prophecy was put to...
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The Birth Of A Book – “Finding The Starting Line”

These events occurred in the fall of 2005. As you can see, my spelling has not yet gained importance. My posts are, however beginning to grow in word count. So too are the number of paragraphs in a post.   I am sharing more detail than ever before and, instead of writing as if it were a personal journal, I am talking to you, sharing my experiences. Though I will not make an asserted effort to...
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The Birth Of A Book – “Metamorphosis”

These few days: April 21, 2010 through April 23, 2010 were among my most emotionally draining days. Remembering and recounting the last days of my working life brought me to tears. Truthfully, even now reading these old posts ignites memories and emotions I had not felt in, well…about three years. Though I have shared many of the old posts, in actual time, less than a month had passed....
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