Survivor: Body & Soul
Survivor: Body & Soul I'm a survivor. Around Thanksgiving 2001, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Further tests revealed that the bladder cancer had metastasized to a small spot on the pelvic bone. Suddenly, I was technically stage four. The prognosis was grim. From January to May of 2002, most of my energy and thoughts were absorbed in the ordeal of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Although I was plenty sick, I guess I was also in denial because I never accepted the thought that this was going to kill me. I was happy that I still had energy left to fight the illness; happier still that the doctors seemed to know what would work best for me. And, at the end of the treatments, the cancers were in remission. During the worst of it, friends and family were very supportive. Their love and prayers lifted my spirits and doubtless affected the outcome. Other survivors made a special effort to call and encourage me - people I never suspected of having wrestled with the disease came forward to witness, share and bolster my hope. Now it's five years since I finished the treatments and I'm still cancer free. The doctors always comment on how much the odds didn't favor my survival. That makes me squirm a bit because it reminds me that the ice beneath my feet might still be pretty thin. But that is true of us all, isn't it? This CD is a celebration of my second chance to truly appreciate life. It is made up of standards that were my parents' music. They've been done again and again by countless artists and sung in the shower for decades. Great stuff endures and I'm happy to have a chance at my own interpretation. I hope in some small way this recording will encourage the effort to fight cancer and to finance and promote research and a cure. And I hope that my story will encourage those now struggling with this disease. Sing along...............we're all in this together. ***********.