Recalculating: Travels Along the Road Through Crisis

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iUniverse, Aug 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages

RECALCULATING: Travels Along the Road Through Crisis is offered as comfort for the faithlessly faithful who frequently doubt they will find their way through lifes challenges. Although Amy Dempsey had a strong family history of breast cancer, she was still shocked to receive the same news. Her direction soon changed again when her beloved brother, Garry, was diagnosed with ALS.

Their detours became roads to places where many beliefs were tested and large and small lessons were learned; for example, keeping a hairdresser or a medical professional calm is definitely in a persons best interest anyone with scissors, a knife, or a needle is not the person to aggravate.

Support from others always provided the fuel needed to keep Amy on the right road. Joyful events were never diminished despite the difficulties and sorrows during these two years. Leaving a brother suffering in a nursing home on his fifty-fifth birthday was painful; however, her youngest childs performance at theater camp that same weekend was a blast! Writing about many contrasts helped bring clarity to emotions and a balance to life in this intimate memoir.

 

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Contents

BBC Before Breast Cancer
1
Starting My Journey
5
Sharing the News
11
Surgery
15
Recovery Begins
20
Strange and Surprising
22
More Decisions
25
Starting My Journal
32
Catching Up
136
Anniversaries and Special Days
139
Summer Ends and All Continues
147
Meeting the Music Man
150
Fall Moves In
153
Treats and Other Scary Stuff
164
Holding My Breath
172
Gathering up Steam
179

Just Keep Going
37
Crisis and Celebration
41
Heading Into the Holidays
44
Whos Been Naughty or Nice?
51
Out With the Old in With the New
60
Making Connections
64
Meeting Challenges
67
Winter Continues
69
The Show Goes On
77
The Good and the Bad
88
Weather and Other Storms
92
Moving Along
100
Details Distractions and Disturbances
102
Sidetracked
108
The Countdown
112
Second Surgery
114
Recuperation or Something Like It
121
Things Got Crazier
126
Needed Breaks
133
Back in the Saddle Again
186
Tough Ends and Rough Beginnings
190
Surprises
194
The Best Medicine
198
Our Saddest Day
201
Sorrow and Joy
206
Arrangements and Remembrances
209
Garry Remembered
213
Time to Adjust
216
Making Plans and Moving Forward
221
Graduation
226
Opportunities
229
Lots of Changes
231
Rising Stars and More
234
Party Time
238
Reaching My Destination
242
Acknowledgements
247
About the Author
249
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About the author (2012)

Amy Dempsey has been a breast cancer survivor since 2009. After graduating from art school, she married her husband, John, in 1975. They have three children and live in Emerson, New Jersey.

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