HW/PC Book Club March-April When Breath Becomes Air

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JackH
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   Posted 4/21/2017 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got a book I'll suggest for May/June if nobody else has anything...

I'm checking-out for the weekend as I often do—probably won't be back online until Monday or so—and I'm going to hold-off on my suggestion until then. I'm hoping another Book Club member jumps in before then to make a suggestion. I've already been facilitator, and it would be nice to pass that task around to others amongst our reading community. If someone else makes a recommendation, I'll simply hold my suggestion until another meeting cycle. (Besides, if I facilitate in May/June, I'll have to modify the schedule somewhat because I'm vacationing in Europe in late-June and into July, and would have to draw the Book Club session to a close early before I depart...I'm definitely not posting at HW/PC for 2-weeks from Europe, sorry!)

Gentle readers...time to hear from you!?

Post Edited (JackH) : 4/21/2017 1:43:25 PM (GMT-6)


ISU-CycloneFan
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   Posted 4/23/2017 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Reading the book WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR has been an emotional, poignant, and meaningful experience ...

The author of the book, who was diagnosed at only 36 with terminal lung cancer ... after a lifetime of perfect health ... shares the story of his life ... and the meaning he found in living, when faced with his own mortality ...

The book's author ... Dr. Paul Kalanithi ... a gifted surgeon and writer ... who left behind his thoughts and dreams and visions for all of us to contemplate in life-affirming ways ... his battle to live ... his struggle ... his desire to leave a legacy behind, with the clock of time ticking away ... a legacy to leave behind ... even when length of life is shortened, right before your very eyes ...

The meaning of life is revealed within the pages of the book ...

I kept hearing rave reviews about this book, and I was not disappointed ...


A poignant quote, just one of many, that resonated with me:

"On diagnosis, I'd been PREPARED for death. I'd even felt good about it. I'd accepted it. I'd been ready ...

Grand illnesses are SUPPOSED to be life-clarifying. Instead, I knew I was going to die ...

The way forward would seem obvious, if ONLY I knew how many months or years I had left.

Tell me three MONTHS, I'd spend time with FAMILY.

Tell me one YEAR, I'd write a book.

Give me TEN YEARS, I'd get back to treating diseases (as a doctor).

The truth that you live ONE DAY AT A TIME didn't help: What was I supposed to do with THAT day?"


Truly a moving, meaningful, thought-provoking book ...

Sent with my best,
"Cyclone Team Fan" ~ Iowa State University
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Post Edited (ISU-CycloneFan) : 4/23/2017 1:44:52 PM (GMT-6)


JackH
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   Posted 4/25/2017 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad you also enjoyed the book, ISU-CycloneFan.



We are down to the last week of the month, and the last few days of the March/April reading/discussing cycle, which is our 2nd cycle here at the HW/PC Book Club. It looks like we had 10 participants this time...thanks to everyone who participated.

Our "thanks" go out to DYank who led the March/April cycle as "facilitator" which will conclude shortly with the selection (by Book Club participants) of a new book for the May/June cycle, plus the appointment of the new "facilitator" to lead the process. The role of "facilitator" goes to the person who suggests the book which is selected.

At this point in the cycle, we aim to get all suggestions out "on the table" in order to make a selection. I saw that 81GyGuy, who after DYank and myself was the most frequent contributor to the March/April thread (thanks for your many contributions), created a random "stray" post in a different thread suggesting a book (Thaw's Hammer) for the May/June cycle. I'd encourage you, 81GyGuy, to post that suggestion here in this thread to keep it all organized and together...but I'd also like to see if any other suggestions from Book Club participants come to the surface.

These are the last few days for new suggestions...

81GyGuy
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   Posted 4/25/2017 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, JackH, here is a copy-and-paste of that other thread I posted, suggesting another book for a future Book Club discussion. It speaks for itself:

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I have a recommendation for a future book club discussion.

And, while the book I'm thinking of is a novel, and technically not even PCa-centered in theme, I think it's going to meet with approval of the club's membership.

We all know that Tall Allen is a highly informed and most helpful fellow member of our forum here, but did you also know that, Renaissance man that he is, TA is also an accomplished and successful novelist?

Here's a good summary of TA's work, both as PCa advocate and as writer. (I checked with TA and I post this link with his approval):

/www.amazon.com/Allen-Edel/e/B00ADX2R4G

So I propose that for some future book club discussion we read and discuss TA's novel "Thaw's Hammer." It's an exciting novel, as this line from a review of it in the above link makes clear:

"Like the best novels of Michael Crichton, "Thaw's Hammer" blurs the distinction between medical/science thriller and science nonfiction."

TA also indicated to me that he would not object to our inclusion of "Thaw's Hammer" in a future book club discussion, and since it's my idea, I would be happy to serve as facilitator at that time.

The book is available on Amazon (as above link indicates), and apparently can be obtained via Kindle, and there is even something there about a 30-day free trial use of Kindle. Check it out.

An opportunity to discuss and appreciate the literary efforts of one of our own!

Does the club approve?

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I have already found out that TA is a pretty good novelist, so discussion of his "Thaw's Hammer" would certainly make for a highly enjoyable session for our club.

JackH – Maybe we could now set up a queue and timeline of the next and upcoming books to be discussed? Might help people to make reading plans.
Age: 71
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BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
TURP, 7/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower

JackH
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   Posted 4/27/2017 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
OK, 81GyGuy, thanks for your suggestion...and it looks like you're suggestion is the one! Thanks for stepping forward, and I'm confident that you will be an excellent "facilitator."


Your role as facilitator begins in the next few days, on or about May 1st, by you starting the new thread for your book which will be used for the next 2 months until you lead us through the process for the next chosen facilitator to repeat this step on or about July 1st with the next book. Please do help to channel all Book Club discussions over the next two months into your one, single thread.

Keep in mind that newcomers may be reading your opening thread and learning about the HW/PC Book Club for the first time throughout the month of May or beyond, so I strongly encourage you to go back to the first opening thread (HERE) and re-post the high-level overview and Guidelines that we follow for consistency...this will give the full background and bring everyone up to the same understanding of how the HW/PC Book Club works and how they can participate.

During May, the reading month, please encourage both past participants to continue as Book Club members, but also encourage other members and newcomers to join in the fun in order to sustain the process. It might be a little boring if just you and I chat in your thread about the book during June, the discussion month. I will also help, as I did for DYank, to keep the process on-track.

Appreciate your book suggestion...and I'd appreciate seeing your final confirmation here in this thread acknowledging that you'll be taking the reins as next facilitator in order to close-out this part of the discussion...and after that, we'll all look for your new thread May 1st

Post Edited (JackH) : 4/27/2017 9:43:48 AM (GMT-6)


81GyGuy
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   Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
JackH –

You are obviously an able organizer and manager, as indicated by the good job you did with our discussion of "When Breath Becomes Air." I hope to do as well a job as facilitator for our next book, Tall Allen's "Thaw's Hammer," during our May-June cycle.

Yes, May 1 will be the kick-off date, and I will officially open the next discussion with a post at that time, welcoming existing club members back, as it were, and inviting new ones to participate, and going over club rules and recommendations. (Thanks for your link to the club Overview and Guidelines which I have reviewed).

The model for running the club has been pretty much established now, and I hope we get a good turnout to read and discuss TA's book. I think after posting the start-up post on May 1, I may then post some additional reminders early in May to encourage others, not part of the last round, to participate.

These seem to be the general steps for the facilitator to follow in running the club. Anyone (especially JackH) want to suggest any modifications?

1.First month read, second month discuss.
2.Track and list participants. (I believe we had about 7-10 regulars last time).
3.Post "teasers" during reading month to encourage participation.
4.Start discussion by asking stimulating questions about the book.
5.Keep discussion on track
6.Second half of month 2: get recommendation(s) for book for next cycle.
7.Recommended books should be relevant

Clearly, getting access to TA's book will be a primary first step. To that end, I am here reposting the Amazon link which provides access to the book through Kindle:

/www.amazon.com/Allen-Edel/e/B00ADX2R4G

and of course will repost it in May 1 post. There are also likely other avenues for getting it, through one's public library possibly, other web sources, etc. More on that once we get going again.

(However, TA, if you are there, and as the author you are aware of additional sources or outlets, by all means join in here and let us know. Now is about the right time to begin acquiring access to "Thaw's Hammer").

So I think we're starting to anticipate another good discussion about a very interesting book, I know I am, and I am already looking forward to it, as I'm sure many of us are!
Age: 71
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
TURP, 7/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower

JackH
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   Posted 4/27/2017 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
81GyGuy said...

1.First month read, second month discuss.
2.Track and list participants. (I believe we had about 7-10 regulars last time).
3.Post "teasers" during reading month to encourage participation.
4.Start discussion by asking stimulating questions about the book.
5.Keep discussion on track
6.Second half of month 2: get recommendation(s) for book for next cycle.
7.Recommended books should be relevant




My additional ask to you is to stick with it until the very end...continue in your facilitator role mid-June until the end of June by soliciting (from the Book Club participants) at least one but possibly multiple inputs on book recommendations with the clear understanding that if one makes the recommendation that is eventually selected, that they would then be the facilitator for the next cycle. Your role won't come to an end until you write a post similar to this one handing off the starting of the July-Aug cycle to someone else. (Unfortunately, I will be traveling in Europe and completely off-line through about the last week+ of June and first week+ of July and cannot help with this transition.) I'll ask for your help now in seeing it through completely, please. I am confident the program will be sustained in your able hands.

I actually think the Guidelines in that original (January) post spell it out quite thoroughly, completely and accurately...my suggestion is to re-use them in their entirety.

thanks!

Post Edited (JackH) : 4/27/2017 12:51:33 PM (GMT-6)


81GyGuy
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   Posted 4/27/2017 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
JackH -

Your suggestion is noted. Thanks.
Age: 71
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
TURP, 7/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower
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