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Eight Billion Steps: My Impossible Quest for Cancer Comedy Paperback – June 8, 2013
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Diagnosed at 58 with a rare cancer of the jaw and tongue, Jeff and his wife, Kim, set out to learn as much as they could about his particular disease before deciding how to attack it. Kim, who was going through some tough times of her own (her 25-year teaching career was being undermined by a boss-from-hell) did most of the research and scheduled appointments with cancer specialists both at home in St. Louis and out-of-state. Jeff, an avid outdoorsman and runner who was in great shape (except for the cancer thing), maintained his normal routine. He preferred to take a back seat and let Kim handle the details, insisting that she only tell him what he absolutely needed to know and spare him the details.
Eight Billion Steps: My Impossible Quest for Cancer Comedy describes their “adventure,” going from doctor to doctor, hearing various prognoses and surgical procedure recommendations, and dealing with varying levels of bedside manners. (Spoiler Alert: Superior knowledge and skill does not necessarily correlate to superior communication ability.)
Ultimately electing to have surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Jeff continued his search for the comedy in cancer by describing his experiences with various members of the staff as well as family and friends before and after the procedure and during his subsequent treatment and recovery. His hallucinations when awakening from the anesthesia are funny-strange. The immediate response of Nurse April (“Shut up! You’re scaring the others!Read more ›
the intro was all it took
to sucker this reader in,
humor being a perfect spin
on Jeff's trek through hell
deep in the big C well.
Jeff's indomitable spirit shines through the threat we all face in today's rampant cancer march across our lives. Positive attitude does matter, and having a strong fighter beside you is crucial. I love how he champions his wife and friends for their part in his struggle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing story about someone who can walk his steps with strength, humor and kindness. Thanks, Jeff, for showing how some can overcome anything!Published 9 months ago by Chris Collins
Loved the book. Coming from such a positive persprvtive, the story was very Upbeat. It helped me understand what my brother was going through during his battle with terminal lung... Read morePublished 16 months ago by becky kelley
It took courage for Jeff May to turn his tragedy into an upbeat story about how he overcame overpowering problems.Published 18 months ago by Jud Miner CLP
This is the book that you avoid like you hope to avoid the Big "C", but nowadays likely cannot for yourself or loved ones. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ron Shook