I Have What??? One Man’s Journey with Breast Cancer: My Review


I Have What???

 

One Man’s Journey Through Breast Cancer

 

Richard M. Wiener

 

 

Richard Wiener presents an extraordinary account of his journey with one of the most dreaded diseases anyone can ever get. Rich, poor, black, white, Asian, Indian, some illness never discriminate and will strike when the iron or tumor you might say is hot. Rich is truly remarkable and very proactive when dealing with life and his health. After losing his wife to this illness he was quick to jump on the bandwagon to find out just what it was that was lurking beneath the skin of his left breast. Could it be a cyst or was it a tumor? Rather than contemplate the answer and sit on his hands thinking it would disappear all by itself he describes from the very first page how February 12, 2012 would be one day he would never forget. You might say this day would either save his life or take it away. Doctor’s visit, surgeon’s visit, opinions states and biopsies taken and the end result of the verdict: BREAST CANCER! These words would devastate anyone and the thought that it was cancerous some would feel, but not Rich, it was a death sentence.

 

As Rich describes his hospital stay, the side effects from all the meds and then beginning chemo we hear the voice of a man who wants to live, will survive and has a positive attitude that is totally inspirational. Finally, at home and trying to adapt to the drain in his chest, the limitations it imposed he managed to deal with the pain, the drain and much more. On March 20th he started his first treatment and the description although graphic and quite vivid helps anyone that might have to deal with this illness and the same treatment to understand what it entails from someone that lived it. Week One was hard and his appetite, some pain attributed to the chemo and other side affects are described. Week two he realized that he could now eat and his appetite was improving. Thursday, April 12, would be a landmark day for him. Blood work, hoping all would go well, so that he could get the next set of treatments and April 19th Week 3. Feeling good which is great, hoping to eat something and with the help of his daughter-in-law things went smoothly including the chicken dinners from a friend and the frozen pizzas from another. Second round, side effects discussed and keeping a diary of the events for the nurse and for himself. Questions recorded for the doctor and the nurse, bloods checked again and seeing the oncologist he learns that his white blood cell count was high normal, which was great to ward off infections. Questions that he asked dealt with headaches, steroid meds that also addressed nausea, and how to add these meds to his daily routine and learning to deal with joint pain and much more.

 

For those that want to understand the definition of a Chemo Cocktail, the meds included plus the glorious side effects just read page 40 and be totally enlightened. One thing he did have was a healthy supply of Crystal Light lemonade or water with Propel. As the author states stating hydrated was vital so tons of Jell-O and chicken broth too. Included before the final week of treatment begins are amazing family photos, which include his beautiful wife Lynn, his amazing daughter and daughter-in-law and his son and grandson. For himself and I am sure for them he not only kept it together but was and still is determined to see it all the way through and survive.

 

Throughout the book you hear the author’s voice as he relates his journey in his own words in the first person. From the moment he heard to the present you understand the stress, the emotional upheaval and the fear when you hear that dreaded word Cancer. But, Rich is an inspiration for everyone and during week five he does explain the exhaustion he feels, the difficulties he faced walking up the step and the beginning of another round of treatment. Yet, through it all you never hear him whine, complain, feel sorry for himself or ever give up.

 

Lunch with a friend, energy level low, dinner great and hopefully able to watch some television Rich knew that only good times he hoped would follow. Okay: you are entitled to some complaints since they were related to food and your taste buds as he tries to decide what’s for dinner and it all seemed to taste the same. April gone, May just ahead and hopefully he would feel like going out.

 

Week 7 and the journey continued as Rich and his doctor discuss the BRCA test which he would take after all of the treatments were over and hopefully would come back negative. Rich continues with his daily routines, how he feels and the many setbacks he has and the new found energy he gets to go shopping, the discomfort in his knees and ankles, and the fact that he headaches are finally gone. Week eight he has a reaction that is affecting his taste. Imagine how great he felt when he sent to the health club, worked out and has breakfast. Normal days are not that easy to come by and he certainly relished the ones he had. Now, I know he was feeling better as he decided it was time to get a pedicure. Now, you are talking Rich! But, the elation was short lived. His cleaning girls on the way and he was hoping to be on the way of the house and to the mall to a movie, dinner with a friend and then more pills the next day for the last round of chemo.

 

But, not everything ran smoothly and he has a setback that causes him to spend some time in the ER and the hospital. The reasons for his stay you have to learn for yourself and the problems entailed are explained in Chapter 18 for the reader to understand. But, the end result was more serious and a stay in ICU. More information, more pills, more dietary restrictions and you won’t believe where his cell phone wound up. That you have to read and find out for yourself as sometimes-funny things happen and in the middle of everything just might make you smile. The author’s journey is still going on and he will be taking certain drugs for five years and he is living his life because nothing will get it down and nothing will take away the precious gift that God gave us all.

 

So, Rich: plan that celebration of life party and invite all of your family and friends. You are truly amazing and this book is one that everyone needs to read. For those men out there that think it cannot happen to you: think again.

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

 

 

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ASAP: Patricia Gitt

 

Paying close attention to your business and home life can often yield different results. But, when you focus more on one rather than the other what happens will definitely surprise you as Suzanne Moss learns. As the co-founder of a top notch technology company she learns in a very discreet and unusual manner that someone is trying to steal the technology she has worked so hard to create to keep families safe using her technology from Secure Homes. A phone call from an anonymous caller would enlighten her to the impending theft and meeting with him would clarify that and much more. Suzanne Moss now needed to learn more about the technology involved and only one person could enlighten her and that was Bradley Stanton II her partner. Calling him and following his instructions she finds herself at their old warehouse, contacts another person and what she learns would definitely light a fire under her. Added in Bradley hired a young tech genius to launch their new product dealing with the health care industry and routine tests. Health diagnostics: Wouldn’t it be great if you could take these tests at home and then send them directly to the lab and cut out the middleman and find out what you need to know faster? Sounds revolutionary and let’s hope sometime in the future what this author has created in this book comes true. But, there is much more.

 

Suzanne’s company is worth over 2 billion dollars and she serves many clients and small countries all over the world. But, what about her family life? Two children a girl named Shelly and a preteen son named Jeremy who are the light of her life and need both parents. But, Leonard Moss is not exactly husband of father of the year. Leonard has his own business and is riding on the coattails of Suzanne to get clients but his behavior and what he is really up to when he claims to have after work meetings is anything but professional. Need I say more!  Leonard is an attorney who works on Wall Street and promised to share the parenting duties with his wife, but is more preoccupied with other things than his growing children. Suzanne, like some women reflects on his behavior, makes excuses within her own mind thinking he is under a great deal of pressure and the potential theft of her technology adds more to her stress.

 

Her company is dealing with diagnosis and telediagnostics and the design would greatly benefit the way you as a patient can connect with your doctor. As we meet her mysterious caller and learn more about the information he imparts, the miniaturized circuitry that is the heart of her company and the fact that someone is trying to steal it and has in on their list. Could they use her patent and her idea to create arms or weapons? The firm’s system was compromised and a black market organization placed her microcircuit on its have to have list.

 

After meeting with this man she calls the contact Bradley gave her and explains that somehow has hacked into her system hoping that he finds a way to figure out how to protect her system. Explaining what has to be done and more gave her some comfort and relief. Darcey Manning and Grace St. James are her two best friends. Grace is a well-known author and Darcey a top couturier both in New York. After the preliminary hellos she learns that Grace will not attend lunch and Darcey, very observant and more notices some changes in Suzanne’s appearance that need to be corrected and offers to help. Confiding in her as to what is happening in her company allows her feel somewhat better but then the conversation moves to Leonard and his lack of interest in her and his family. Hoping he will attend an award dinner for her but not too confident but with Darcey’s help she will have the right outfit.

 

While she is having lunch Leonard is planning a different meal with someone else. Leaving instructions at work and calling his date, he plans his evening, hopes to keep her happy and yet trot back to his wife pretending to be tired and worn out from work. But, when Suzanne approaches him when the kids are away you would think the red flags would go up when she’s turned down. Enter Eddy Patermost, who finally meets her and the interaction is quite interesting.

 

Let’s get down to the matter at hand and learn more about the people after her microchip and a man named Smitty who is hot on the trail of a van and hopefully get the weapons and close down the ring. On the list was her microchip and Smitty would do everything to try and get this guy but can he? Working with the CIA just might help but finding Secure Homes on the list angered him. Suzanne is relentless and is set on finding out just who is behind what is happening to her company when she realizes there is a leak and someone is giving info the crooks regarding the net worth and value of her company’s assets.

 

Author Patricia Gitt brings to light many issues that are front and center in the headlines today. Could this really happen? Can someone hack into your company’s system and steal your information? Can you find yourself on the hit list of a black market organization? All this and more can and has really happened if you read the newspapers or understand anything about technology. Is your information ever really safe? ASAP: everyone wants things right now. I bet you can’t wait to find out who is behind this and hope I tell you that ASAP. Not going to happen!

 

As Leonard seems to be content to be alone but annoyed that Suzanne is out with her friend and hoped she would read his proposal. But, without her help would the proposal be solid? If you were Suzanne would you help him? But, Leonard was into more than just recreational fun. Leonard had some friends that most would shy away from and involved himself in some really high stakes games. Leonard then took the kids for breakfast but his digs about their mother uncalled for as they decided where they wanted to go his statements uncalled for.

 

As she observes Eddy more closely something about his actions bothers her. Her assistant’s computer seems to have gone down and for some reason, although Bradley likes Eddy she does not. Seems hostile towards her. But why? Discussing the health station with Tina she from the consumer’s viewpoint and Tina from an engineer you begin to learn more about the health station and how it works. But information about someone close to Suzanne raises more than just a simple red flag. But, Bradley has his own past and it was about to come front and center as he tries to help Suzanne and finds himself embroiled in a government matter. Is this connected to what is happening to Secure Homes? Just what did his old friend want and how would he protect both Suzanne and his friend remains to be seen as Operation Asia Road begins. As the black market organization expects delivery of Suzanne’s microchip how could both Smitty and Bradley deliver something to a man called Zeke and protect Secure Homes? Why did Brad and Smitty leave her out of the loop? Were they protecting her or was it something else? Added in is her husband’s lack of attention towards her. Her marriage going down, thinking it was her fault, thinking about the what if’s and the responsibilities they both faced when bringing up their children, it is amazing that Jeremy and Shelly were so grounded. But, there is much more to learn as Brad works hard to uncover who is behind the plot to gain access to her technology and in the process what he learns about Leonard would definitely change the complexion of more than one life. When you learn how he manages his debts and pays them off you won’t believe how underhanded and deceitful he is as he justifies his actions.

Truths, lies, deceptions, fraud, deceits and much more come out as Suzanne learns the truth bout Leonard’s business dealings, debts he incurred plus much more. One private investigator would bring more to light in living video Technicolor and decisions would have to be made, priorities changed and one woman would have to decide where her life was going, what her needs were and how she would learn to find some time to live without the words ASAP always coming into place. This novel will help women understand what happens when their worlds are comprised of emails, cell phones, faxes, the net, work related proposals and family matters all jumbled together and often getting tangled up so that each finds its way into your daily life but none take real precedence in the right way. From our fair city of New York, to Macao and back again Suzanne learns many hard lessons in life that she hopes will be imparted to readers and other women. An ending that will let you know just how tough one woman scorned can be. ASAP: is that how you want to spend your life? What does Suzanne finally learn? ASAP: As soon as possible or rather how about: AS SOON AS I CAN! Just how does this play out and who is really behind the theft you just won’t believe. Find out when you read ASAP. You won’t be disappointed just the thief will be.

 

This is one novel that you want to read and will help men know that cheaters might not always prosper, women cannot be bullied and made to feel inadequate and one woman named Suzanne Moss: learned that money matters but friendships and family matter more.

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

asap


ASAP: Patricia Gitt

 

Paying close attention to your business and home life can often yield different results. But, when you focus more on one rather than the other what happens will definitely surprise you as Suzanne Moss learns. As the co-founder of a top notch technology company she learns in a very discreet and unusual manner that someone is trying to steal the technology she has worked so hard to create to keep families safe using her technology from Secure Homes. A phone call from an anonymous caller would enlighten her to the impending theft and meeting with him would clarify that and much more. Suzanne Moss now needed to learn more about the technology involved and only one person could enlighten her and that was Bradley Stanton II her partner. Calling him and following his instructions she finds herself at their old warehouse, contacts another person and what she learns would definitely light a fire under her. Added in Bradley hired a young tech genius to launch their new product dealing with the health care industry and routine tests. Health diagnostics: Wouldn’t it be great if you could take these tests at home and then send them directly to the lab and cut out the middleman and find out what you need to know faster? Sounds revolutionary and let’s hope sometime in the future what this author has created in this book comes true. But, there is much more.

 

Suzanne’s company is worth over 2 billion dollars and she serves many clients and small countries all over the world. But, what about her family life? Two children a girl named Shelly and a preteen son named Jeremy who are the light of her life and need both parents. But, Leonard Moss is not exactly husband of father of the year. Leonard has his own business and is riding on the coattails of Suzanne to get clients but his behavior and what he is really up to when he claims to have after work meetings is anything but professional. Need I say more!  Leonard is an attorney who works on Wall Street and promised to share the parenting duties with his wife, but is more preoccupied with other things than his growing children. Suzanne, like some women reflects on his behavior, makes excuses within her own mind thinking he is under a great deal of pressure and the potential theft of her technology adds more to her stress.

 

Her company is dealing with diagnosis and telediagnostics and the design would greatly benefit the way you as a patient can connect with your doctor. As we meet her mysterious caller and learn more about the information he imparts, the miniaturized circuitry that is the heart of her company and the fact that someone is trying to steal it and has in on their list. Could they use her patent and her idea to create arms or weapons? The firm’s system was compromised and a black market organization placed her microcircuit on its have to have list.

 

After meeting with this man she calls the contact Bradley gave her and explains that somehow has hacked into her system hoping that he finds a way to figure out how to protect her system. Explaining what has to be done and more gave her some comfort and relief. Darcey Manning and Grace St. James are her two best friends. Grace is a well-known author and Darcey a top couturier both in New York. After the preliminary hellos she learns that Grace will not attend lunch and Darcey, very observant and more notices some changes in Suzanne’s appearance that need to be corrected and offers to help. Confiding in her as to what is happening in her company allows her feel somewhat better but then the conversation moves to Leonard and his lack of interest in her and his family. Hoping he will attend an award dinner for her but not too confident but with Darcey’s help she will have the right outfit.

 

While she is having lunch Leonard is planning a different meal with someone else. Leaving instructions at work and calling his date, he plans his evening, hopes to keep her happy and yet trot back to his wife pretending to be tired and worn out from work. But, when Suzanne approaches him when the kids are away you would think the red flags would go up when she’s turned down. Enter Eddy Patermost, who finally meets her and the interaction is quite interesting.

 

Let’s get down to the matter at hand and learn more about the people after her microchip and a man named Smitty who is hot on the trail of a van and hopefully get the weapons and close down the ring. On the list was her microchip and Smitty would do everything to try and get this guy but can he? Working with the CIA just might help but finding Secure Homes on the list angered him. Suzanne is relentless and is set on finding out just who is behind what is happening to her company when she realizes there is a leak and someone is giving info the crooks regarding the net worth and value of her company’s assets.

 

Author Patricia Gitt brings to light many issues that are front and center in the headlines today. Could this really happen? Can someone hack into your company’s system and steal your information? Can you find yourself on the hit list of a black market organization? All this and more can and has really happened if you read the newspapers or understand anything about technology. Is your information ever really safe? ASAP: everyone wants things right now. I bet you can’t wait to find out who is behind this and hope I tell you that ASAP. Not going to happen!

 

As Leonard seems to be content to be alone but annoyed that Suzanne is out with her friend and hoped she would read his proposal. But, without her help would the proposal be solid? If you were Suzanne would you help him? But, Leonard was into more than just recreational fun. Leonard had some friends that most would shy away from and involved himself in some really high stakes games. Leonard then took the kids for breakfast but his digs about their mother uncalled for as they decided where they wanted to go his statements uncalled for.

 

As she observes Eddy more closely something about his actions bothers her. Her assistant’s computer seems to have gone down and for some reason, although Bradley likes Eddy she does not. Seems hostile towards her. But why? Discussing the health station with Tina she from the consumer’s viewpoint and Tina from an engineer you begin to learn more about the health station and how it works. But information about someone close to Suzanne raises more than just a simple red flag. But, Bradley has his own past and it was about to come front and center as he tries to help Suzanne and finds himself embroiled in a government matter. Is this connected to what is happening to Secure Homes? Just what did his old friend want and how would he protect both Suzanne and his friend remains to be seen as Operation Asia Road begins. As the black market organization expects delivery of Suzanne’s microchip how could both Smitty and Bradley deliver something to a man called Zeke and protect Secure Homes? Why did Brad and Smitty leave her out of the loop? Were they protecting her or was it something else? Added in is her husband’s lack of attention towards her. Her marriage going down, thinking it was her fault, thinking about the what if’s and the responsibilities they both faced when bringing up their children, it is amazing that Jeremy and Shelly were so grounded. But, there is much more to learn as Brad works hard to uncover who is behind the plot to gain access to her technology and in the process what he learns about Leonard would definitely change the complexion of more than one life. When you learn how he manages his debts and pays them off you won’t believe how underhanded and deceitful he is as he justifies his actions.

Truths, lies, deceptions, fraud, deceits and much more come out as Suzanne learns the truth bout Leonard’s business dealings, debts he incurred plus much more. One private investigator would bring more to light in living video Technicolor and decisions would have to be made, priorities changed and one woman would have to decide where her life was going, what her needs were and how she would learn to find some time to live without the words ASAP always coming into place. This novel will help women understand what happens when their worlds are comprised of emails, cell phones, faxes, the net, work related proposals and family matters all jumbled together and often getting tangled up so that each finds its way into your daily life but none take real precedence in the right way. From our fair city of New York, to Macao and back again Suzanne learns many hard lessons in life that she hopes will be imparted to readers and other women. An ending that will let you know just how tough one woman scorned can be. ASAP: is that how you want to spend your life? What does Suzanne finally learn? ASAP: As soon as possible or rather how about: AS SOON AS I CAN! Just how does this play out and who is really behind the theft you just won’t believe. Find out when you read ASAP. You won’t be disappointed just the thief will be.

 

This is one novel that you want to read and will help men know that cheaters might not always prosper, women cannot be bullied and made to feel inadequate and one woman named Suzanne Moss: learned that money matters but friendships and family matter more.

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer