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Cancer Country, A Survivor's Memoir
by Chet Skibinski (Goodreads Author)
The only symptoms were itching. The prognosis was slightly incredible—a type of cancer that only one in a half million Americans get, and the chances of survival were one-in-ten. That was the beginning of the journey. Along the way were anger and surprise and relief and fear... a bone marrow transplant... and the feeling of being in a strange country whimsically designed ...more
Paperback, 1st, 202 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Inkwater Press
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Cancer Country is, as Chet Skibinski puts it, “a guide through my foreign country. It’s an armchair travel guide, safely away from the real thing.” In 2008, at 66 years of age, Skibinski is told that he has a rare and aggressive form of cancer called angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. After six months of chemotherapy, Skibinski is considered cancer-free and in remission. That all changes a few months later when he receives a dismal prognosis of stage four lymphoma, this time affecting the bone ...more
Chet Skibinski was born in Massachusetts in 1942, moved to California at age 12, received B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from UCLA, and served in the Peace Corps (Thailand) from 1965 to 1967. He then taught high school English in Fremont, California, at Taipei American School in Taiwan, and at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon. Since 1974, he and his wife Linda have lived in Lake Oswego, ...moreMore about Chet Skibinski...