Saturday, February 9, 2013

“It’s Cancer” A Memoir That Reads Like A Fiction Novel

"It's Cancer"“Jay Otterbacher has written a deeply insightful and sometimes brutally honest book that should be helpful to anyone who has heard the startling words “It’s Cancer”. This is a gripping story about a couple’s simultaneous journey from diagnosis, through the labyrinthine path of treatment and, ultimately, to recovery and cure. Readers will come to understand the importance of becoming an active participant in the decision-making process and not merely the passive recipient of treatment. I’m pleased to give this book an enthusiastic recommendation. ~ Gere B. Fulton, Ph. D., J. D., Professor Emeritus of Public Health, The University of Toledo (Ohio)

Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features “It’s Cancer” by Jay Otterbacher. This book is a wonderful story that is actually a memoir but reads like a fiction novel. It begins with a text message and ends on an island in the Caribbean. Like any great story the path from beginning to end is filled with characters and moments that you won’t forget. But this is not fiction, their story is true. “It’s Cancer” provides an unfiltered view into the lives of one ordinary couple as they face an inconceivable battle against two cancers at the same time. “It’s Cancer” is currently rated 4.4 stars on 32 reviews. This is a wonderful book for anybody who has ever been “touched by cancer”.

“When a patient is informed of a disease that can cause significant morbidity and mortality, the usual response is one of helplessness and fear. They accept, without question, what is told to them by the medical establishment in the hope that the treatment will be successful. Jay Otterbacher researched, inquired, questioned and found the best course of action. He also was positively optimistic and unrelenting in trying to go in a productive, constructive direction. I truly believe that his experience should be a lesson to us all that getting well requires the patient and the doctor working together to find the best solution and the patient having positive mind and spirit. This wonderful book gives excellent direction.” ~ Gerald Fishman, M.D.

“Otterbacher’s story is one that will make you laugh and make you cry but in the end it will leave you inspired! He has a wonderful way with words which makes the book an easy read and a true page turner!” ~ Kelli D., Amazon Reviewer

Book Description: Thirty-Two Weeks They Could Never Have Imagined - When your wife is diagnosed with cancer it is agonizing. When both of you are diagnosed within weeks of each other the uncertainty is relentless. Jay Otterbacher’s memoir details one unbelievable year he could never have imagined. Anyone with a friend, colleague or loved one facing cancer can better understand what they are going through from this amazing story of thirty-two weeks in 2006. “It’s Cancer” provides an unfiltered view behind the public facade into the home, relationships and treatment of one ordinary couple facing an inconceivable battle against two cancers at the same time. The implausible circumstances created the story. This narrative captures it in an open and friendly manner that allows you to be there with Karen and Jay as they use humor and strength to navigate through the fear, stress and uncertainty that all cancer patients know too well.
Inspiration and Insight - Whether it was family, friends, dolphins or doctors something always appeared just the way it had to at just the time they needed it during this incredible year. Jay shares the impact that each of these encounters had on their fight with the disease and their perspectives on life. If you have been told “It’s Cancer”, this book can be a source of hope and inspiration while you learn from the choices (both good and bad) that Karen and Jay made in their treatment and in communicating with the people who cared about them. If cancer has touched someone in your life the details captured in this book will give you insight into the week to week grind of the fight to regain control of their lives. Read more on Amazon.

About the Author: I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A transplanted southerner, I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1980 with a Business degree. In 2011, after thirty years in the IT industry, I left my corporate career to focus on developing a decidedly non-corporate lifestyle. Today I live, work and play in Blythewood, South Carolina with my wife Karen and two incorrigible Labrador retrievers, Rosie and Lily. “It’s Cancer” is my first book.
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“Like some other reviewer’s have said, It’s Cancer is super easy to read. Couldn’t put it down, I think I finished it in record time! What I really enjoyed about it is the way that the author focused on the task at hand– surviving cancer– rather than the emotional side of the issue. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m emotional enough about cancer. I already GET IT. Otterbacher has a way of addressing the sadness without dwelling on it. The best thing about the book though, is the way that the author understands “the business of cancer.” It was amazingly empowering to read his approach to the situation; he was employing these doctors to make him well, he wasn’t asking them a favor and then throwing money at them. He took charge of his own future, without which, he would never be with us today.” ~ C. Griffin, Amazon Review
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