About the Author
Dave Massey is a two-time cancer survivor. In 1986, doctors discovered a mixed germ cell tumor in Dave’s hip that had spread into both legs. Dave was accepted as a patient at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. There he received six courses of chemo and fourteen radiation treatments during a nine month period. Dave survived this cancer and was even considered cured until 1997 when another type of germ cell tumor the size of a grapefruit was found in his chest cavity. Dave returned to M. D. Anderson for another nine months of treatment. This time he received thirteen courses of chemo before the tumor was surgically removed. He has remained cancer free since then. Poetry became instrumental during this second battle with cancer and continues to be an important part of Dave’s life. Dave was raised just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana and is married to Karen, also a cancer survivor. Together, Dave and Karen now travel the country working and sharing Dave’s poems, stories, and positive attitude.