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Team Cap's Prostate Cancer Journey. Author: Linda Kaywood Bilyeu

Updated on December 5, 2016
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From Upstate NY, Paula shares life & career experiences, w/ all the crazy, wonderful & varied results of our trek to be all that we can be.

Captain America.  "We salute you Cap!"
Captain America. "We salute you Cap!" | Source

A long, winding road of peaks and valleys. Take my hand. C'mon along.

That tall, handsome dude to the right is Dave Ligler, also known as Captain America or for short, just "Cap." According to his devoted wife Linda, Dave will respond to several other names. For that special list of names, I refer you to the Dedication of this book in review. And as only wives can do, Linda will graciously introduce you to her beloved late husband via her description of his authentic self. I promise you, you will fall in love....with both of them.

If you make it through the first few pages which include this dedication and Introduction, as well as the quotes and memories of Team Cap, great! I applaud you. If you're not already one of the hundreds of Team Cap members and fans, you have just qualified.

So mates, the order of the day is to follow along. I'll be taking you through parts of a journal that spans a period of seven and a half years. Surely this will be just a peek at the priceless education of this one hundred and twenty-seven page book. Just enough for you to be certain it is a treasure you must have, must read and will want to share. Please believe me, never before will you have wanted to share a book with every person you love.....perhaps even strangers. It is that valuable.

What stands out clearly throughout this journal, is the patience, determination and continued hope of it's author Linda as well as it's main character Dave, to keep documenting every move, whether forward, static or disappointing stumble. The fact that Dave and Linda both had enough concern for others who may one day need their support via their experiences, is in itself a true testament to their giving & loving nature.


And everyone HATES you.  We WILL wipe you out one day, you bastard.
And everyone HATES you. We WILL wipe you out one day, you bastard.

The six-letter word, a merciless BULLY we love to HATE

Cancer. Very very few terms can create such earth-shattering fear and dread.

As you read this, chances are at the very least, two or three persons have entered your mind. Those people at some point, in one form or another have received a diagnosis. Perhaps it's been a family member, dear friend, a co-worker or maybe even yourself.

Whatever the case is/was in your life, I believe we can all agree on several ugly facts. Cancer is a cruel beast that is not satisfied with one person but must bring pain and torment to entire families. It creates havoc like little else, often leaving human beings, their peace of mind, finances, time and energy in utter chaos. It is sneaky, mysterious and enjoys that it may still be misunderstood. It will attempt to defy or reject treatments and herculean efforts by Doctors and patients.

Linda Kaywood shares with her readers, in depth and with gut honesty the continual schedule of appointments, discussions of every sort with any number of medical professionals on the pros and cons, the ifs and buts. As Linda and Dave are faced with their battle, they must also be struck with the reality that even the alleged gods (drs) really haven't a clue.

What cancer does not know, nor does it often expect, is the power of the human spirit. Little could Dave's cancer have known it picked on the wrong couple to mess with.

Buckle up as Dave and Linda take you through their battles, one at a time, month after month. They share it all. You will learn a wealth of pertinent information and extremely beneficial advice, tried and true by this courageous husband and wife team.

Linda's thirst for all the knowledge she could possibly absorb, brought a treasure of lessons in the newest and most successful chemo. She'll teach you of their names, their purpose and side effects as Dave shares the good and the bad of every treatment. Many pages in this journal are ripe with the information about cancer drugs we all truly need to understand.

You may find within the pages of this journal, answers to questions you've not thought to ask or worse, were too afraid to ask. Relax, Linda asked for us and she brings us answers. This author, standing tall and tireless as her husband's primary caregiver, left few if any stones unturned. Consider this book a "gift," because it is. It's a gift of love.


Support: Family, laughter & love

Every body say,  "CAPTAIN AMERICA!!"
Every body say, "CAPTAIN AMERICA!!" | Source

Hope and Special Moments

With their bonds of family, friends and loyalty, Cap and his first mate want you to know it's not all dreariness or darkness. Hell no. Not for this group of warriors. Their respective children and grandchildren continued to fill their lives with loyalty and support. Who on earth can light up your life quicker than a precious grandchild?

The dozens and dozens of friends that Dave and Linda acquired through various cancer support groups became treasured individuals leaning on one another, sharing experiences. Everyone......every single person who loves these two amazing people....tried always to be there for them. Their gratitude is shown in their willingness to return this generosity of self to these special individuals.

You'll understand perfectly as you read this journal. You will be moved to tears, and just as certainly feel inner joy that brings a smile to your face.. Yes, you will cheer for them and cry with them as you genuinely feel, the peaks and valleys of their journey.. You will learn valuable lessons to reference again and again when up against odds, helping you to plow through and forward, one day at a time.

The commitment and courage displayed by both Dave and Linda throughout this battle against cancer, presents a profound reality of the power of perseverance and positive living.
I take this opportunity to express my own gratitude to Team Cap for this journal brimming with amazing inspiration.


"Team Cap's Prostate Cancer Journal" should be in your hands so it will find it's way into your hearts, by Today!.

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  • fpherj48 profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula 

    2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Paige.....Thanks for stopping by. I highly recommend this wonderful journal written by Linda. It has been a god-send to people currently fighting the big fight. Bless you, Paula

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    Paige Norwood 

    2 months ago

    Hi Paula, I found this through Shannon Henry's blog. Very engaging book review! As someone eho's known cancer survivors and a couple that have passed on, your sneak peak has me curious of what other info is between the pages!

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    Paula 

    2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Shan, Thanks so much for your contribution. You have surely experienced many sad cases of this dreaded disease in your family. It is a wonderful thing that Dave and Sunshine were so caring of others, to educate by sharing their journey. No doubt Linda's book has been invaluable to so many people. Paula

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    Shannon Henry 

    2 months ago from Texas

    Cancer is indeed something that needs to be wiped out. It knows no boundaries. You said at least two or three people probably cross the mind when reading this. . .I had five of my family members and one inlaw cross my mind. Two of them a currently living with it and one lost her battle years ago. And that doesn't include friends or other people I know. It's good to know that Linda and her husband ultimately used the ordeal to do something constructive and worthwhile for others.

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    Paula 

    24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dear beautiful Audrey....Oops! I hadn't seen your comment until just now. Guess that's because I'm here so seldom these days. So much activity throughout the summer and a lot of projects in line, waiting to be completed!

    Thank you for your wonderful comment as always. It's safe to say that our Sunshine has finally arrived at a calmer level. The woman never ceases to amaze us!

    We're all together in this battle against a devastating disease. Each and every one of us who have experienced it's wretchedness.

    Take care Audrey!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Magnificent Paula! I have Linda's book, read it and now you've motivated me to read it again! Your description of cancer is right-on. Its such a true and well-said explanation of what cancer is I just had to copy it, will use it, and the credit given to you, Paula, one of the best writers in the business.

    We all love you dear friend and that goes for Linda as well.

    I know first-hand how losing a family member to cancer can be the most difficult struggle in a person's life. I just wanna kick-butt and know that this disease is on its way out...for good and forever!

    Love you Paula,

    Audrey

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    You betcha it's easy! :)

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It's easy.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Hi GF...I like your new profile picture! :) Thank you, once again, for being my SFAM! XO

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you pinto. So nice to hear from you. Peace to you, Paula

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    Subhas 

    2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Very thoroughly written and excellently expressed.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks for stopping by to check out my review on Linda's book. Linda & Cap are Rock Stars in my book! This is a journey so many take at some point and it takes guts and a lot of love! Have a great week-end, Missy! Peace, Paula

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    Missy Smith 

    2 years ago from Florida

    Great review, Paula. Reading it makes you definitely want to know more about "Cap" and his journey through this. He obviously has a spirit about him that should be commended; his "Sunshine" as well. You are awesome, Paula. You are generous in sharing their story, and you do it well. I think all of us some how or another has been affected by cancer, whether it be a family member or friend, or even just running along this story about "Cap." It's affecting, but it is also inspirational. :)

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    T.T......I am pleased to know that you were successful in being victorious through your struggles, to go on and build a new life. Bless you.

    Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Linda's book. Peace, Paula

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    Sondra Rochelle 

    2 years ago from USA

    This is a terrific and loving book review. It especially caught my eye because Linda is the author, and also because I, too, lost a husband to cancer many years ago and, in fact, wrote my own book about it. Mine, however is quite different from Lynda's because it centers on my own struggles after his passing and tells how I went on to build a new life.

    I am so sorry that Linda's husband lost her battle, but so glad you wrote this review. I would never have known about any of this otherwise.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you, Devika.

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    Devika Primić 

    2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I Tweeted!

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Paul I hope you do find the time to read Linda's book. It is well worth it. I'm sorry to hear that you too had a run in with the Big C.....and I wish you the very best of health & much happiness. Hope you're totally loving your retirement!! Peace, Paula

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 

    2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    Paula, Thanks for sharing a great book review. I will definitely make an attempt to read this book. I was diagnosed with left kidney cancer in 2015 and had my kidney removed. My moderate BPH has also been a concern during the past 17 years. I am sharing this with HP followers.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks, Nell. Glad you were able to read this review. Don't worry about "missing" things.....happens to me ALL the time! I don't spend much time here as I once did. "Happy New Year, girlfriend!"

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    Nell Rose 

    2 years ago from England

    How did I miss this one? what a great review of this amazing couple. our lovely Linda and Cap, you did a great job here Paula!

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    For SURE, Wes.....genetics plays a vital role here. We all should take a good, long serious look at our familial histories! I'm not fond of this because it's not all that great on either side!.....Take care of yourself!

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 

    2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    We all get to play the game of genetic roulette. If I have more of my father's genes, then I can drink, smoke, and eat all the red meat I want, and probably die at 90 something years old.

    If I am more like my mother's father and brothers....I'll have prostate cancer by the time I'm 62. I'm ditching processed meats for good measure

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    diana Haven't seen you in so long!! Glad you stopped by to read & comment on this review....Wishing you & yours a wonderful Christmas!

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    Dianna Mendez 

    2 years ago

    I loved your share on Linda's journey. She is a remarkable woman. Stories like this revive a person's hope and calm their inner spirit.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Audrey, I thank you for stopping by and I know Linda is grateful as well. Their story truly is a much-needed inspiration for many many individuals. Only when we face an enemy & strike back, can we gain more strength, wisdom & the sweet moments of victory. Peace, Paula

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    Audrey Howitt 

    2 years ago from California

    Amazing review--and their story is so touching!

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Lawrence.....Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. I feel you have an excellent perception of the Big C. Our fight and our strife MUST go on.

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    Lawrence Hebb 

    2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

    Paula

    Really enjoyed this review. To me the worst part of the big 'C' is its our own bodies gone haywire!

    Lawrence

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    We are blessed to have met one another and become a part of a wonderful circle of supportive and grateful friends! The only thing better would be to live in the same neighborhood!

    Although, if you're thinking what I'm thinking, there may not be a "neighborhood" anywhere that could handle all 3 of us as residents!!

    We'd be marching for a new cause every day!.....LOL Love, Effer

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Awww! Thank you, Sha and Effer. You ladies are amazingly awesome yourselves! :)

    Update on book...will be available on ebook on Thanksgiving day, which happens to be Cap's 2nd favorite holiday after Christmas.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sha You've said it all GF. I might add, "Perfectly!" Hugs, Paula

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    2 years ago from Central Florida

    Paula what a wonderful review and testament to the power of love. Linda's strength is inspirational. The bond she and Cap shared carries forth in everything she does. She never stops in her fight with cancer. She selflessly continues to bring awareness and offer support to those who are now walking the walk she and Cap did. She's an amazing woman.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I so appreciate the thoughts shared by others. I did not know about drbj's hubby. Darn cancer.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dear Maria...Thank you for your words of support. I too have shared a few copies. This book should be referred to as the Bible for Cancer Families. Always good to see you! Hugs, Paula

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    Maria Jordan 

    2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Paula,

    A spot on review of a book that touched me at the core of my heart.

    I've purchased two more copies after reading ...and know I'm not done sharing this essential primer on love, loyalty and grit.

    Excellent review. Love, Maria

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I am so sorry. I connect with your loss. Breast Cancer took my sister (only sibling & dearest friend) It's a real bitch. I'll never stop missing her. Thank you for stopping by. Always good to see you. Paula

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    drbj and sherry 

    2 years ago from south Florida

    Thank you. Paula, for this awesome review of Linda's amazing book. My husband did not survive prostate cancer and it has touched too many members of my family.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Shyron.....Glad you stopped by to comment on this. We get our inspiration best from those we know. Linda took us along and shared their journey. It doesn't get more personal than that.

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    Shyron E Shenko 

    2 years ago from Texas

    Dear Paula, this is/will be helpful to anyone dealing with this kind of enemy shinning a light to expose the cruelty that it inflicts and the strength of character it takes to fight it.

    Blessings and Hugs Dear Paula.

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    Faith Reaper 

    2 years ago from southern USA

    Dear Paula,

    Thank you for this wonderful review of Linda's inspirational book of her and Cap's courageous journey fighting prostrate cancer. They are both an inspiration. I am a breast cancer survivor.

    An important book for all to read.

    Peace and blessings always

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Genna,Always so nice to see you. I thank you for your heartfelt and sincere comment. We are all connected in some way to this terrorist and my heart goes out to you on the unnecessary tragedy of losing both parents before their time. Peace, Paula

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    Genna East 

    2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Cancer took both my parents before their time. This vicious terrorist knows no prejudices, religious or race intolerance, no disdain of philosophy -- no lines drawn in the sand. Thank you for this superb review, and for sharing some of Sunshine and Cap's journey of love and courage in fighting this terrible disease.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yes Pat, of course you can relate in a very personal way and no doubt this is all so familiar to you. I'm so glad you stopped by to read and comment.

    I am always amazed at the strength and hope of people who must walk a path they would never have chosen. Thank Heaven we are never alone.

    Peace to you and yours, Paula

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    Patricia Scott 

    2 years ago from sunny Florida

    So well done, Paula....thank you for this..

    The journey is not one any of us choose to take...but once it is begun is one that changes who you become..and how you live from that point on.

    Hugs and all to Linda... I have followed her posts here on HP and feel a special connection to her.

    Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Mike.....Yes, I've had my go-round a few times. It's a bitch, but so am I, so I get through......we have to, Mike. No choice. Thank you for stopping by!.....Have a great week-end...Paula

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    mckbirdbks 

    2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Hello Paula - This is a wonderful review. I agree, everyone should have a copy. I call it a handbook of courage and many will need the courage if their fight begins.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Linda.....Hello, I'm glad you're seeing all your friends' messages. There will be many, all filled with encouragement and admiration to strengthen your walk. XOXO

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Tillie

    Flourish

    Ruby

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    Frank

    I am pleased to see all of you special friends rally round. It's quite apparent to us that the sentiments pouring forth for Dave & Linda are heartfelt and unanimous. These are the times we can all be so very proud to be a part of this fabulous community of such unique individuals. I know I am.

    Thank you for your visits, your compassion and just for being who you are. I applaud each of you who have experienced your own long & weary journey.

    The paths we travel all lead to common ground. My love, Paula

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    Frank Atanacio 

    2 years ago from Shelton

    what a professionally handled review my friend.. careful with your words and so matter of fact ... there is no hiding place for any cancers, and this review really shines a light :) awesome just awesome

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I appreciate the comments, the review, my Effer and my Michelle too! :)

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    breakfastpop 

    2 years ago

    My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago. It was a hell of a time, but I must say he dealt with it like a giant. Your review of this book moved me to tears. With someone who loves you at your side, the fight is easier, that is for sure. They sound like an amazing couple.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    2 years ago from Southern Illinois

    It takes a special couple to fight this cancer battle. Your review is awesome and uplifting. Thank you for sharing.

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    FlourishAnyway 

    2 years ago from USA

    Very touching. This review is a beautiful tribute to their love and to the human spirit.

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    Mary Craig 

    2 years ago from New York

    What can I say GF? This is an excellent review filled with the love and spirit Linda and Cap showed throughout their ordeal. They are certainly an inspiration and I know this wonderful book will be too. Thank you for this amazing review.

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Gorgeous daughter of my SFAM. Your sweet Mom has shared some fabulous pictures with us of you and your hubby on vacation in other countries......So amazing!

    I know she's happy you're back on home territory. It gives me comfort to know that you and Carissa, husbands and the little chickies are there close enough to your MOM....She will get stronger every day. Well.....I guess you would certainly know your Mom better than anyone!!

    Take care honey.....sending hugs to everyone! Paula

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    Michelle Stoker 

    2 years ago

    Beautiful, heartfelt review of my mom's book. Thank you for reading, sharing, and caring. :)

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Martie...my dear woman.....Now more Postal issues?! Since you have shared with me, I have been paying more attention to the egregious crises and crime in So. Africa....Our world is becoming more and more frightening. You are in my thoughts that there will be intervention, protection and transition SOON.

    It is maddening and unacceptable that any people are forced to live each day with such turmoil. You and your family remain as one safe and strong unit. Thank you for reading this review. Hugs, Paula

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    and to that, Bro...all I will say is A-MEN!!

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    Bill Holland 

    2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You done good, Sis! This is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. It is not about loss but about gain....those who knew this wonderful man gained greatly...those who read this book will gain greatly. I love stories like this one. They renew my faith in my fellow man. Bravo all around!

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    Martie Coetser 

    2 years ago from South Africa

    Excellent review! Bravo, fpher!

    Ordering the book will be too risky, as our Post Office is bankrupt. I hope Amazon will end sending mail via this route, and rather via a reliable courier. (I'm going to send them an email.) In the meantime, I hope "Team Cap's Prostate Cancer Journey" will soon be available on Kindle as well.

    Knowing Linda's writings, I just know that this book is a must-read :)

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jodah, Kramar & Ann.........

    Thank you for stopping by to leave your thoughts. I know that our Sunshine is grateful for your interest.

    You will find this book, all that I have shared in this review and MORE.

    Peace, Paula

    Kramar.......Hallelujah!!! My congratulations and best wishes. 75 & kickin cancer's ass! You're a HERO!

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    Paula 

    2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Welcome, my dear author. I am pleased you approve of my review of your amazingly educational and inspirational book. Let me once again express my personal gratitude for this gift you have shared with the world.

    We all are all members of this kind of "Team"....whether yesterday, tomorrow or today.

    Our common goal will always be to wipe this curse from our midst!

    Hugs to you...Paula

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    Ann Carr 

    2 years ago from SW England

    Well done, Paula. A great review which makes us want to know more and to let our hearts reach out to this wonderful couple. I'm off to find out more.

    Isn't it great that we have a community here that can do such things for others? Cancer certainly does suck but we will beat it sooner rather than later; people working together are an amazingly strong force.

    Ann

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    Snarky Babbler 

    2 years ago from USA

    as a survivor of bladder cancer, prostate and just recently kidney c ancer, we can relate. all is well here. we beat the big C three times.

    age 75 and still kicking ass.

    good job

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    John Hansen 

    2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    A very touching and thoughtful hub Paula. Thank you for sharing some of Sunshine and Cap's journey and the wonderful review of the book.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Amazingly awesome review! Thank you so much for this beautiful testament that the ugly face of cancer would dare not enter because it knows better to mess with the Effer! :)

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Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)