Welcome

to the Candles In The Sun Readers Club where you can look over my shoulder as I write Suzie’s story. The plan is to post my weekly progress for The Weekend Read. I hope to add a few more special things including random videos and maybe an interview.

It’s also your opportunity to nudge me toward my goal with some good-natured encouragement and accountability. I anticipate a lot of talk about coffee, maybe tea if appropriately caffeinated. Should be fun.

To introduce you to the idea I’m going to post things for free initially along with a membership possibility for those who want to catch up or just give some fiduciary support. (My new word of the week.) In any case, welcome, and feel free to have a look around. You never know who you might run into.

Blessings and together may we face the day with courage.

Chapter 10 – Mastectomy

When the alarm went off the next morning, it didn’t ring so much as it tolled. This was the day. We had feared this day since Suzie's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. We worried about it when her two aunts had been given the same diagnosis. It was in the back...

Chapter 9: Roller Coaster

Once the decision was made it was like getting on a roller coaster. Up until that point, while we waited in line, I could imagine the possibility of turning around, fighting the crowd and walking away. But now we stepped up and found our seats. The safety bar swung...

Wrestling With The Weekend Read

I mentioned before that the plan to write a book in full view might have some bumps in the road. I thought I might even have to go back and re-write some things. Tonight, I am wrestling with a difficult section where Suzie and I have diverging recollections. General...

Chapter 7 – Candles In The Sun

They took Suzie to Imaging through a maze of halls where she quickly became lost. It didn’t matter much because she was just a passenger. She allowed herself to be wheeled to her fate without complaint. It couldn’t be stopped or wished away now, only faced. She felt...

Chapter Six

She came to with a jolt! The air she breathed turned into a vile burning substance and she snapped her head to get away. She couldn’t go far. Nothing moved below her neck. She was trapped, sitting upright in some kind of metal frame. “Suzzanne?” a man’s voice called...

Chapter Five

Suzie struggled to control her tears. She was on the phone with her sister, Sandra, curled up on our bed behind a closed door where the children couldn’t hear. “Looks like I won the race.” “What are you talking about? What’s wrong?” Sandra asked. “Looks like I’m the...

Chapter Four

I’ve always been a reader, ever since my two single aunts tired of the looks of disappointment from my brother and I when we opened their “useful” gifts of clothes. In frustration, they discovered John Blaine’s “Rick Brant SCIENCE Adventure” series. Yes, science was...

Chapter Three

On the Monday morning after Thanksgiving, Suzie was sitting in a hospital hallway when she got the feeling that something was wrong. Donelson Hospital had so outgrown its facilities that even the halls served double duty. Plastic chairs lined one wall and the passage...

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