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       On the morning of Friday, July 29th my EENT doctor calls me and relays the news that I have cancer in lymph nodes in my neck and the tumor is 6cm; quite substantial.  This is my story of discovery, embarkment and battle to kill the killer that was inside my body.  With the strength of friends, the closest one being my wife beside me, I accept the challenge to win back my life.

      Our goal is to tell the story in the way that anyone can understand in a frank, non-technical and sometimes humorous manner.  While avoiding the abundance of science and focusing more of the day-to-day dedication of what it takes
, I hope to provide an easy-to-read true story that describes the process as I encountered it.  It will be packed with photos and the thoughts I was having along the timeline.

Conscientious oncologists backed by a skilled staff will knock themselves out to work with you every step of the way of cancer treatments.  But things come up for every patient differently and having a blanket list of easier-to-eat foods, daily conveniences and practical planning services are often beyond the scope of what they may think about you from their perspective.

Lynn and I have discovered a great deal of helpful products and services that made our experioence more tolerable.  Hopefully one or more of them will help others to find similar ways to ease their stress and discomfort.


 
Site Contents
THE BOOK    PHOTOS    FOREWORD    UPDATES
CARE CARDS    SPONSORS    PRESS RELEASES    LINKS

  THE BOOK Top

The book, titled Inevitable, is being written in real time during cancer treatment at
Duke Cancer Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Obtain behind-the-scenes, production updates & photos here at:
www.InevitableStory.com


Are you an industry insider (Medical, Publishing, Marketing Trade, Media)?
Preview the work-in-progress at:
www.InevitableVIP.com
(Ask for your password access by emailing inevitable@icwhen.com.)

My name is Chemo.  Here is why . . .

On Saturday, September 17, Lynn proposed that we take Mason, our grandson, to the pet store and choose a Betta.  Typically we would first find the perfect fish, then name him, but this time we decided a name in advance, Chemo.

Chemo has become quite therapeutic.  He comes to me most times that I go to visit him and he even comes closer to the edge of the bowl when I motion to him to do so.  Some Bettas seem to mimic the act of talking by opening and closing the mouth as it interacts.  Chemo does just that and it is fun to imagine the stories he might tell me if he could.  More to come in the book:
Inevitable.

Chemo now has his own postcard (looks like a billboard to him!)  If you would like to get one, send an email to inevitable@icwhen.com and I'll help him mail one right out to you!


  PHOTOS TOP

High resolution versions of these and many other photographs are available to the press.  NO CHARGE special requests and exclusive opportunities also exist for media pending usage intent.  We will accommodate by means of:
          e-mail
          on disc via media mail
          disc via delivery within the Raleigh/Durham area.
Contact inevitable@icwhen.com to submit intent and request.

   

               
   
    
   
   

   
 
 






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Photographss (c)2016-  Donald A. Thomas, Jr. Images and content may not be copied
or distributed in any manner without prior expressed permission from the copyright owner.

  FOREWORD TOP
       I am honored to write this Foreword for Don's introspective book: "Inevitable".  I have known Don throughout the course of an endearing friendship that our wives, Lynn and Lanie have shared for decades.  A heartfelt mixture of giggles and tears!

      We are fathers of only sons, who are close in age.  Don's son is a Veteran of the Afghanistan War and my son has been warring against patient disease, as a physician.  Unforeseen, and as the course of life would have it, Don and I, are braving the stark realities of a cancer diagnosis, albeit a disease I had repeatedly identified in patients throughout my medical practice.
 

      As a result of Don's cancer discovery, as well as being a determined individual, he is providing the reader of "Inevitable", an honest, personal, testimonial, of an unglamorous, cancer, treatment--his trek experienced.  To add to this awareness, the reader is offered, in superior clarity, Don's photo diary, of which ordinary, written descriptions, do not provide.  To this end, to quote the great, French, novelist, Marcel Proust:

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes."
-- Dr. Paul A. Berger, Jr., MD

  UPDATES \TOP

11.22.2016

Last radiation treatment - 7 week intensive treatment schedule concluded!

11.16.2016

Last chemo treatment - Entering the last treatment week of radiation!

11.08.2016

Second Site Sponsor entered - Thank you Mission Belt Co.!

11.06.2016

First Site Sponsor entered - Thank you Prestige Property Shop!

11.04.2016

Initiating the "boost" portion of radiation treatments.

11.02.2016

Scope of the base of the tongue reveals that the tumor there is no longer there visibly.

11.01.2016

Post Cards featuring Chemo arrive.  Want one? Email me at inevitable@icwhen.com.

10.28.2016

Entered some of the most meaningful Care Cards into this web site

10.27.2016

Entered first-draft Disclaimer into book manuscript

10.26.2016

Received correct buisness cards I will use to promote this book

10.20.2016

Launched www.InevitableVIP.com for insiders helping with the book. Password required.

10.17.2016

Foreword graciously provided by Dr. Paul A. Berger, Jr., MD (shown above)

10.16.2016

Photographs added

10.14.2016

www.Inevitable.com is set up and initial page development takes place.

09.26.2016

A scheduler calls with an intense first-draft seven week daily appointment schedule.

09.17.2016

Mason helps us adopt a new Betta from the Pet Store.  We name him Chemo.

07.29.2016

I learn from needle biopsies that I have cancer in lymph nodes in my neck.

07.18.2016

Visit to local Urgent Care for an intensifying pain in left neck to back of ear.

  CARE CARDS TOP

Thank you Mia!
(Homemade)

Thank you Mason!
(Homemade)

Thank you Cindy!
(Christian Inspirations)

Thank you Kathryn and Joe!
(Blueink Studios)

Thank you David and Julie!
(Handmade from the Heart)
 
   

Thank you Rene!
(Hallmark)

Thank you Mike and Teresa!
(DaySpring Cards)

Thank you Kathryn and Joe!
(Leanin' Tree)

SPONSORS TOP

  PRESS RELEASES (click to download PDF) TOP
November 13, 2016 Couple Works Together To Share Treatment Experience to Help Others

  LINKS TOP
American Cancer Society Duke Cancer Institute National Cancer Institute
Head and Neck Cancer Cancer Books (Amazon)  
     

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