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Sundanceh
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"You Like Him - You Love Him - You Want Some More of Him!"

Cool

The big day has finally arrived!!!

That's right! Today, we are officially published in a major magazine publication.  It's been a long time coming and I never thought I'd ever see any of my work in print.  So, this is truly a day that I feel blessed and fortunate to have and to also share with all of you as well. 

I had a friend of mine laugh in my face when I told him of Big Billy Bad A$$....told me it was stupid and dismissed it.  Said he'd never be real.  Welll he's real today for an estimated readership of approximately 460,000 people. 

Can you imagine that?  Nearly a half-mil....the numbers stagger me still.  While it's hard to know who will read it, I know our hopes are that it will touch someone and let them know that the Witching Hour and those type of thoughts are as real for them as they were for me on the night I burned Big Billy into my brain from the ashes of Folfiri at a hard time in my life then that I thought I wasn't going to make.

As I've said, they have edited some of the content....removed a few of my colorful brushstroke expressions to make it fit into their format...but they stay true to the story line and use much of my work.  I had to make some concessions, because it was important to get published so I could put this in my portfolio that might help me get something released for the future.  And being published in Coping magazine is a big deal - because they are a big time publication that do all the celebrity cancers as as well....this is who they trust.

So, we're in big company.

Now, without further adieu....I give you my heart and one of my stories....enjoy!

Right now, they've got me under the Survivor of the Week story.....

Next week, I will be moved to the Lead Article on the Inspirational / Survivor landing page, according to the Webmaster.

Here's the link for now:

http://copingmag.com/cwc/index.php

This is for anyone and everyone who has stood beside me and supported my writings and hoped that one day that something would be printed.  It's not the book yet.....but you have to admit, it's one of my good stories....it's got legs...I can take Big Billy places if they give us a chance.

Thank you for all of your concern and support....but tell you what, I think I'm going to live for awhile...I'm slowly finding my fighting legs and have decided to give this fight a go, instead of laying down my sword and surrendering.

I was temporarily out of my mind thinking I'm ready to go....I've changed my mind for the moment and have decided to try and see what's around the next bend.  I've got some ideas and theories about what happened and hopefully I'll feel good enough to talk about some of that very soon.  I've been too sick to even read much, which is a first for me. 

I would like to talk about the dosage reduction and such...this may be helpful to those on the same road or perhaps facing it down the road. 

But, for now....let's just enjoy this article.....it's been 52-years in the making:)

Proud to bring this article to you in cooperation with The Sundance Channel.....stay tuned...."Story Matters Here."

Love/Craig aka Big Billy

P.S.  Thanks again, Jen!!!  Love you!!  What a difference you have made in my life...just wanted you to know that again:)

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johnnybegood
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i couldnt wait to get to the end of your post so i could click on the link you provided and when i clicked it and scrolled down there you were such a great smile on that picture i was in tears.i said"Look there he is" and then i read the story and i am so proud that i can call YOU my friend and say hey i know the man who wrote that isnt he wonderful this is a proud moment i wll never forget.hope you are feeling good and thanks for sharing...Godbless...johnnybegood

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Lovekitties
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Published! 

Wow, it is so great to see your story in print.

May it be just the start of your publishing success.

Hugs,

Marie who loves kitties

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marbleotis
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You rock!!!!!!

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herdizziness
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Hey Craig,

This is so very cool!!  So proud of you there guy, you did it, you're in print telling your story and no doubt making a difference to others.  

So very proud of you brother!

Winter Marie

smokeyjoe
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Kiss  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!   

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LivinginNH
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Hey - I now know a celebrity!!  :)   This has been the moment we've been waiting for for a long time!  Congrats my friend, I'm really so very proud and happy for you.

Luv,

Cynthia

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janderson1964
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Awesome Craig. You truly deserve this moment and so much more. I feel truly blessed to know you. You are an inspiration to me.

jen2012
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I didn't realize you would be spotlighted like that too! Very cool Craig. I wonder if you realize how many people will read this while waiting for their oncologist for the first time...scared to death...and will be encouraged to fight like you have? So happy for you...and for everyone who reads this and has some hope where there may have been none.

Note to self..get details for Craig on self publishing a kindle book :)

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I'm so excited for you and knew that one day it would become reality.  I'm not going to read the link as I've ordered a hard copy so it is always on hand.  I've still got the DaVinci article too and go back to that from time to time.  So very happy for you and glad that you are feeling better today.  Missed adding to the group hug post but you got my hugs and prayers always.  Woohooo on a great accomplishment.

Kim

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herdizziness
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I do the same thing, occasionally pick up my DaVinci article and look at it.  Next, my Coping magazine.  So cool for Craig And us.

Winter Marie

 

Happyhar
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Congrats, Well done and Thanks from us all!!

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thxmiker
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Congratulations!   Woo Hoo We are doing the Happy Dance here!

 

Best Always,  mike

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steveandnat
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I always read Coping when I'm at the oncs office. Sonow I I can tell my buddies I know the author. Very good article . Thanks. Jeff

LindaK.
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Big Billy is my hero!!  So good to hear your positive update

XO, Linda

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Goldie1
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that this would come to be!  Keep on truckin' Big Dude aka Billy!!

Congrats and hugs!

Ellen

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BusterBrown
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Craig,

Congratulations. I will get around to reading it soon. Hope all is well, take care...

Buster

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tommycat
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This is great Craig!!!! I'll look for the magazine next time I'm at the onc.

life keeps rolling doesn't it?

good job!!!

tommycat

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PhillieG
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Congrats my friend!
Cheers...

Chelsea71
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Congratulations.  Seeing it in print gave me chills.  Now, through you're writing you will be able to help others just as you've helped so many here at CSN.  I am very proud to know you.

 

Chelsea

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What a great testament to your courage, fortitude, and of course...excellent writing skills!  I still firmly believe there is a book in here somewhere.  Just need to get you through this latest setback, and back on your feet.  

Big hugs from your librarian pal~AA

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Lorikat
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Happy, happy, happy for you and proud OF you!  Lorikat

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Sundanceh
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Nice to see all of you.....

Still very surreal for me.....

They did a nice job on the layout and everything....very proud of my 1st edition:)

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hippiechicks
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Oh Craig!!! This is so awesome! 

I would like to thank you for allowing us to be part of your accomplishment.

How wonderful a feeling to give back ... Thank you again and congratulation!!

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thxmiker
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Woo Hooo for Craig and Big Billy!

 

Congratulations and a little happy dance is in order.   ....     ....     ....     ....    OK, I am back with you again!

Woooo hoooo An amazing accomplishment.  People need to know the difficulties of the Big C, and the battle with the dragon.

 

Keep up the great inspirations!

Best Always,  mike

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KathiM
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my heart is threatening to burst from my chest!!!

 

WOW!!!!!

 

Hugs to my 'gentleman cowboy'.......

 

Hugs, Kathi

manwithnoname
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I always wanted to write, screenplay next?

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Sundanceh
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You're reading my mind now...

Screenplay sounds pretty good...especially when compared to the diatribe being peresented on cinema today:)

I was thinking of Mark Walburgh or Matt Damon playing me....haven't figured out the love interest yet. 

Had I been born in Shakespeare's times....the screenplay would have been one his plays based on one of his tragic novels.

LOL!

Thanks for the grins!

amcp
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Craig, I could not be more excited or proud for you.  It is a dream come true and give hope to a better dream coming true and that is NED.  I keep you always in my prayers.  Keep on writing ..yyou are needed more than you will ever know.

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Sundanceh
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Thank you, Anna P......it's always nice to hear from you!  I'm still kickin' ass as ususal...same bat time same bat channel....but sticking around still.

I hope you reserved a copy for yourself...pm Marie if you haven't already.  Kittie Marie.

I'm glad to share this excitement with all of you and feel the feedback in real time....nothing to me if I can't share with you guys.

-Craig

amcp
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Craig, I could not be more excited or proud for you.  It is a dream come true and give hope to a better dream coming true and that is NED.  I keep you always in my prayers.  Keep on writing ..yyou are needed more than you will ever know.

Happyhar
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Saw ya at onc Wednesday, live and in living color!! Cool!

jen2012
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Got the issue yesterday...too cool!

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annalexandria
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our Craig being read in oncology offices across the country.

I love it!

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Sundanceh
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It fills me with pride to see my words in a major publication and having the chance to connect with other cancer patients...

Told you, Annie....that one day I was going to make it onto that "shelf" in your heart for one of my editions....a 1st edition at that:) 

LOL!

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lesvanb
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Congratulations Craig! Great perseverance and vision. Big Billy has a good role model.

 Love, Leslie

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Phil64
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Craig,

You have a LOT more publishing in you! And know that your words make a difference.  The bigger the reach the more people you will help!

Thanks for sharing your talent with us, for encouraging us to share with others, and for giving A+ advice to so many people!

God Bless You!

Sincerely,

Phil

Blog: http://pscamihorn.me/

 

 

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