The Books Cancer Made Me Write

October 2005
by Richard M. Wainwright

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Like the rays of the sun,
cancer touches just about everybody. By the time one reaches the age of 60,
many acquaintances, good friends, and dearly loved family members have had to
battle cancer: A few manage to defeat this deadly opponent; others extend the
fight; and many succumb.

As July 1995 came to a close, I
had just completed the first draft of my eighth book for young people and
adults, Nana, Grampa
and Tecumseh. D’Ann, my wonderful wife of 33 years, had just
retired, and we were looking forward to slowing down and traveling more.

Two weeks later, D’Ann was
diagnosed with uterine cancer. Four mouths later, she passed. Those four months
of being a caregiver while searching for a curative treatment posed the
greatest challenge of my life. My wife’s courage gave me the strength and love
to take care of her 24 hours a day until she died in my arms.

I imagine that life is changed
forever for many women and men faced with taking care of a dying loved one,
hoping against hope for a miracle that does not come. Certainly my life was.
Questioning the wisdom of the universe in taking my wife led me to do research
and read books that I would never have read otherwise. Eventually, those books
led me to a meeting with medium George Anderson. Although I was skeptical, a
year after D’Ann’s death, I met with George, and that meeting tur

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