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“The Wait Is Over” - Sundance & Big Billy TO BE Published by Coping Magazine

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Does anyone out there still believe in the legend of Big Billy?

 

No?

 

Well, take a long look in your rear-view mirror at the reflection staring back at you – because, today he became very REAL!

 

The Sundance Channel, in close association with Team Sundance, is proud to announce that “The Story of Big Billy” has been chosen for publication by Coping Magazine in an upcoming issue. 

 

The proposed dates for release will be anywhere after June 2013 to January 2014.  They release six magazines every year that cover a two month period with each release.   

 

This is an extremely proud day for me – a day that I thought would never come…and how I’ve waited so long and yearned so hard for the day when I would be able to deliver some good news on the cancer front. 

 

For those who have known me from the beginning, or anywhere along the line, I’m sure that your chests are puffed out today as well:)  And that’s because we all knew how much hard work it took to get to this point. 

 

Who is Coping Magazine?

 

About Coping® Magazines and Websites

For 27 years, Coping has been a source of knowledge, hope, and inspiration to people worldwide. When you need positive and helpful information that relates to a specific medical condition, Coping can help:

Coping® with Cancer Website
The Coping with Cancer website is a complete online experience that educates and inspires. It is presented in a warm and friendly, easy-to-use format, and provides information by specific cancer type, general knowledge about living with cancer, and wellness and inspirational topics. The Coping media team is constantly adding relevant articles and trustworthy resources. The website is provided as a public service by Coping® with Cancer magazine and does not accept advertising.

Coping® with Cancer Magazine
Coping with Cancer magazine is written by and for the cancer community with help from our editors. A wide variety of professionals share their knowledge and experience in easy-to-read, relevant articles, and patients, caregivers, and survivors share their strategies for coping. Add in the latest news, FDA updates, resource lists, and exclusive interviews with celebrity cancer survivors, and the result is a publication that provides a unique editorial environment. Coping with Cancer is read by more than a half-million people in the waiting rooms of America’s private practice oncologists, urologists, and cancer treatment centers. It is published six times each year and individual subscriptions are available by mail. A Waiting Room Distribution Program is available for physicians and organizations.

You know, as I’m sitting here, having just pasted this info, I’m beginning to realize that this is really a big deal and just doesn’t just happen.  They get a ton of submissions and I’m all too painfully aware of how easy it is to wind up in the slush pile of an editor’s desk, despite your best intentions.

 

I mean, this is all kinda real now….our audience now has just swelled to 500,000!!!

 

Can any of us really fathom what those kinds of numbers really represent?

 

I’ve talked to hundreds in my time here, but hundreds of thousands – a half a mil?????

 

That’s some heavy enlightenment right there, let me tell you…

 

You guys told me I needed a broader audience – but, this is ridiculous:)

 

I will add that this is a serious trade magazine and they have a sterling reputation to uphold, and so making it here is truly an honor – to be able to represent every one of you – and the entire cancer community at large, no matter what our cancer is.

 

Big Billy crosses all boundaries with his ideology – and he transcends all the lines of cancer, as his message is universal to all of those suffering with the affliction we refer to as Cancer.

 

But, he will always be “your” Semi;Colon:)

 

When he was born, his full name was Big Billy BadA$$....he was known as the guy… Who $hit Lightning – and Crapped Thunder!

 

I’ve had to soften him somewhat to make him more readily acceptable to the general public…..and Coping softened him some more, LOL!  (More on that later on…)

 

I had a friend of mine (we no longer talk) and when I told him about Big Billy and what I planned to do with him, he scoffed and laughed in my face and told me it was stupid. If he were here, I’d quote Toby Keith and say…”How Do You Like Me Now?”

 

Cool

 

It was always a dream of mine to bring Big Billy to life – I wanted to give him an image – I wanted to give him a voice – I wanted to fill his head full of thoughts – and I wanted him to have dreams and ambitions, just like I did. 

 

At the core of it all, I wanted him to be my alter-ego in the cancer fight and become an extension of who I was, while still remaining fiercely independent, just like his Texas brother was.

 

For everyone else, I wanted his spirit to manifest itself into an embodiment of an image that cancer folks could readily identify and connect with – no matter what cancer scars they carried – or where they found themselves in their own personal walk with cancer.

 

Looks like I created my very own “Frankenstein.”

 

You know, when we write posts, it’s always in the I version…..I got tired of doing that and when I first introduced Big Billy to the board (I had waited patiently), I thought it would be clever to allow him to talk “for me.”

 

So, I became He…

 

And it was really cool to be able to write something like that, using the 3rd person persona….I’m always looking for new ways and new angles to present stuff to people…I patted myself on the back for that one, LOL!

 

Of course, the good thing was that I let the community in on the gag, so we could all play along with it and still have some fun, even in the cancer world:)

 

I never gave up on him though….and that’s why this is also such a proud day….

 

Big Billy is bonafide now – he’s too legit to quit…

 

Now, we can never take him back….he’s an official member of our community now and I hope he will be warmly received going forward.  He’s sticking up for you every single day – even if you don’t know that he is. 

 

Let’s switch gears and talk about how all of this came together…

 

First, none of this would have come together, if it were not my new dear friend….Jen2012…

 

It was Jen, who got motivated to research websites, determined to find an avenue that she could present to me.  She exhibited her human compassion right out of her dear heart, to help me in my endeavor to get some of my work published. 

 

She has burned an indelible groove into my heart…and there she will stay for a lifetime.  (Thank you so much, Jen, for all you did). 

 

Now, all the time I’m talking about cancer and how we can manage certain aspects of it from time to time…

 

The biggest lesson that cancer has taught me is what a universal problem it really is.  Cancer is almost not the story anymore….unfortunately, it’s becoming all too commonplace these days.

 

So, then the real message of cancer is ‘how’ we manage our feelings with our actions. 

 

To me, the ability to look beyond yourself and your own needs (no matter how dire) and give of yourself to try and help another person with their life is one of the areas where we can achieve a victory over cancer.  By choosing this pro-active path, we actually empower ourselves by taking some sense of control of our lives back from cancer. 

 

And by the giving of our thoughts – our time – and our hearts to somebody else, it temporarily diverts our attention of feeling completely sorry for ourselves – and redirects our focus over to the humanitarian side of cancer, where we derive the benefits of connectedness through social interaction, through our sharing of intimacies, and the feeling that we are doing something positive – when all around us feels negative. 

 

And it’s the best damn feeling there is in the world – to truly know that you have made a difference in somebody’s else life – and your own too.  There is a calming and a healing quality that comes from this that is unequaled in this realm, which we all occupy. 

 

Jen, you are a living example of the practices that I try and teach others…

 

I’m just so proud of you, Jen, and very grateful to know you and be in a position to accept your help with the grace, love and the spirit, with which it was given. 

 

It means the world to me and not because the story was chosen – but, because, I know how harried and busy your schedule is with all that you’ve got going on every minute of any given day. 

 

And so, you reaching out to me by taking  your time and energy when all around you is swirling is what I’ll always remember – and what I’ll always treasure – and what I’ll never ever forget.

 

You’ve made a real difference!  And we’ll all get to see the evidence in the coming months when they publish the article.  Instead of this being another ‘have-to’ time, it is now a time that is filled with special love and hope for the future – for me – and for all of us.

 

So, originally, I sent them the LMS story…and then I decided to also re-write the Big Billy story twice to see if I could trim it down to possibly making their cut.  I decided to take a bold step and go ahead and submit that one as well.  I told them that it was favorably received by the cancer community. 

 

Coping Magazine is a cancer magazine and they deal with survivor stories, stories of inspiration, and most importantly how people COPE with their cancer diagnosis. So, I figured that the BB story would give me a better chance at being considered for publication. 

 

(Cope is a request for a post that I will still be writing for Jen, Chels, and LindaK.)  :)

 

The Big Billy story was the kind of story that would play well in a publication like this one.  It was the perfect kind of story.  It is my favorite story that I’ve ever written (so far).

 

 

They said it would be two-months before I heard back, which was right about Memorial Day.  When I returned to work after the holiday, I was getting this ‘itching’ feeling – that feeling of anxiousness and discontentment. 

 

Something wasn’t right in the universe – and I could just feel it…

 

So, I sent an email to Jessica just ‘checking in’ to see if they had reviewed the story.  And she said they were still reviewing old and new submissions and would get back to me shortly.

 

That got me to thinking….

 

LMS was a great story, but it was still long for them to publish and I knew they were not going to invest their space with that story.  I knew another rejection (though kinder) was just about to come my way. 

 

But, I remained hopeful that the Big Billy story would make it….

 

And still, I got the feeling that we were somehow going to come up short with this reach…

 

I decided to roll the dice and leave it all on the table with the one roll….

 

I took a bold move, because I could sense that Jessica was wavering somewhat – I could tell that she and her staff liked the material from both stories, but were  probably trying to figure out what to do with me:)

 

No surprise there – the world just (ain’t) ready for me yet:)

 

And somehow, I just knew that while she was thinking about it and wanted to get me in there, that I just wasn’t going to make the cut (yet again). 

 

I flat-out told her…”If a cancer patient can’t get an article published in a cancer magazine – where do you think I’ll ever be published?”

 

Sometimes, you gotta’ be as succinct as that, LOL!

 

I thought, well, I’m going to have to sell myself hard here if I’m going to make it with this one.  Should I go for it – or should I just let it ride?

 

I pulled the trigger, of course…

 

I figured I’d better get them to see me as a person and see if I can use any of my Southern Schmooze to soften this honey up some:)

 

So, I wrote her another email and included links to the Dr. Phil audition I did on YouTube and told her to watch the first six-minutes or so – and she would have a clear indication of who I was – and where I was coming from – and what was driving me so hard.

 

And then, I wanted to show her that Big Billy was flesh & blood….so I gave her the link of Big Billy singing Johnny Cash on video – that I did especially for Cynthia & Rick.

 

Lastly, I decided to show her a few sample responses from our community here on what members thought and felt about my writings. 

 

I figured we’d either win – or I would blow any chance that I might have had. 

 

But, I told Jessica that I felt comfortable enough with her to share these kinds of intimacies and that I felt that writing her and sharing these links with her was worth the risk. 

 

Nothing ventured – nothing gained, right?

 

Was I right?

 

Well, I guess we know the answer to that one now:)

 

She emailed me right before I left work yesterday – and believe me, I was trying to hold it together in the lab, where the two other goons who are trying to make my life miserable and get me terminated from my position were.

 

I really had to put on my poker face…

 

When I read it, I just started shaking and got all of these funny feelings…I didn’t know what else to do, but write Jen, and shout the news from the rooftops, LOL!

 

I had monitored my YouTube videos and the counters had remain unchanged for months now….but I noticed that they had each taken a few hits….which told me, that her staff had been looking at them:)

 

Maybe, I finally got somebody to see me as a ‘real’ person and not just a Query Letter…I honestly think that has hampered my previous efforts to get an agent to accept my manuscript.  It’s cold and calculating with them – all money driven.

 

But, when somebody can see you as a real person, with real feelings, then that can sometimes be a game-changer.  In our case, perhaps that was the key. 

 

At any rate, we’re going to be published !!!

 

There’s some paperwork I have to fill out and sign and provide a picture etc.etc……

 

There’s more…..:)  Always more with me, as you know:)  Things are always bigger in Texas, LOL!

 

We are actually getting a “2-Fer!” with Coping Magazine…

 

While they were unable to print the LMS story in its entirety, they decided to use “3” of my quotes from that story that they will be putting in future magazines in a section called Reflections, which is an inspirational section of their magazine. 

 

They will be sporadically interspersed between editions, as they do not always do this section with each release of the magazine. 

 

But, for you…..

 

Here are the ones they are going to be using:)

 

  • “We change with cancer, but the world doesn't change with us. And then it tries its hardest to drag us back to being the people we used to be but can't be anymore. That's because the scar of cancer has redefined who we are, and we find that as we move forward with our thinking and our feelings after this life change, we simply can't go back. And in a strange twist, we really don't want to go back." - Craig Harrison, three-time colorectal cancer survivor, (insert city, state)
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  • "I have to be the one that puts meaning back into my own life." - Craig Harrison, three-time colorectal cancer survivor, (insert city, state)
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  • "Cancer is a great teacher and is always teaching us lessons if we're looking for them in the right places with the right frame of mind. We must repurpose (give a new purpose or use to) ourselves during our times in the cancer world. The ability to reinvent and reinvest in our potential and pay it forward to others is what we are called upon to do here. Repurposing is a gift that keeps on giving. And cancer can never take that away from us - ever." - Craig Harrison, three-time colorectal cancer survivor, (insert city, state)

 

So, both stories they enjoyed and all along, they were busy editing and figuring how to get me in the door.  Because, I had sent the last email out (schmooze) and a couple of days later, we had our answer.  They already had edited my story to make it fit their requirements and loved the LMS story and decided to repurpose that story with those quotations. 

 

Pretty cool stuff…Cool

 

Like Johnny Appleseed, I’ve spread my one-liners over nearly 3900 posts, in the hopes that one day I might be remembered like Phil’s Joseph Campbell and Robert Louis Stevensen. 

 

I guess if you spread enough manure around – something’s gotta grow out of it, right?

 

Wink

 

Anyway, it makes me feel good that something that I’ve said will go down in print and that we now have the opportunity reach a half million people with this publication - those numbers just stagger me. 

 

I will tell you that they did have to edit my story (quite abit) in order for it to fit into the format of their magazine.  They deleted some pretty good stuff (hurt a little) but left the structural integrity in place, so that the message was not lost.  We lost some embellishment, but not the core part of the story.

 

Having proof-read it, I’m satisfied with what they did.  If I’m going to be published, I knew I was going to have to make some concessions in order to get the article to press – or risk not being published at all. 

 

I understand fully that one has to pay their dues when they are getting started with anything and this made me think about Toby Keith, who sang at rodeos and gymnasiums along the way to what he would become.

 

I have no grandiose conceptions that I’ll ever amount to anything beyond this...

 

But, this was an important and very big step – and might be all there ever is, but there might be more, I just don’t know.  But, if I die tomorrow, then I guess I’d want to be remembered for the Big Billy story – as his legend will carry on far past my death.  

 

For if we keep one close to our hearts – then they truly never perish…

 

One last funny bit of trivia for the Big Billy project…..

 

Coping has a limit of  700 words or less…..the version I sent them was nearly double that….and even with them editing the story down further….it still clocked in at 716 words…..16 words over the speed limit:)

 

It seems the rules don’t apply – guess that makes me an Outlaw:)  Cool  Where's my Outlaw Emoticon, LOL!

 

Where’s PhillieG?

 

Hey Phil, I’ve been patiently waiting to tell you this one for a couple of years now – Time and Patience, remember? LOL!

 

I finally get the sense now of what Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show felt when they combined to sing those famous lyrics…

 

“But the thrill we never know / Is the thrill that’ll get you / When you get your ‘pitcher’ / On the cover of the Rolling Stone”……

  

This is also a bittersweet day in another aspect….

 

I’m so proud to be able to share this story with you as I’ve shared most of my life with you….but on the other hand, I’m saddened that so many of my friends are not here with us to share this event too.  There were so many, who waited for the opportunity that came too late for them, but I did the best that I could.   

 

My heart is saddened by their absence(s) and I will especially miss their words….

 

I hope that my other friends, who have moved on with their past cancer lives might still see this and stop and comment.  There are many living, who also have waited for a day like this one for me to finally deliver something.

 

What helps keep me grounded at a time like this, is when I remind myself of the words that Crosby, Stills & Nash told us…..“Love the one(s) you’re with…”

 

I’ve got so many people to thank…

 

I wanted to thank Jen once again for her diligent effort to guide and steer me to this site (don’t think this was by accident)….and I want to thank Jessica from Coping Magazine and her editorial staff for their interest and care towards making this story a reality. 

 

And I especially wanted to thank the entire community for all of your years of support for me and my writings.  While I knew I could occasionally construe a lucid thought or two in some type of coherent fashion, I really needed the validation and support from the community that what I was feeling and thinking could somehow resonate and connect with you.   

 

It was through all of that gentle nudging and persuasion that gave me the confidence to go ahead and write my cancer book.  The board provided a safe landing zone from which I could explore all of the human trials that go along with cancer.

 

There was a 25-year period of time where I never wrote a word.  From the time, I was in a creative writing class and I caught a professor on a bad day or he had an ax to grind or something – to one year past my diagnosis, when I was alone and beginning to feel the rumblings of needing to express myself once again. 

 

That was a lot of time wasted and it altered my life in many ways.  Often I think if I could have run into some encouragement at that time when I really needed it, there’s no telling what direction my life could have taken.

 

It reminds me of Marlon Brando, when he so famously said…..”I coulda’ been a contender…”

 

I know it’s been a lot of rough news this year on the board this year, so there has been a lot of sadness all around. 

 

From time to time, we still need to be reminded that there are many kinds of victories being won out there…and while this one will not beat cancer, we have struck back – and perhaps some of the multitudes that will be in the waiting rooms when this comes out, will draw something from that experience.

 

I’ll close with this last thought…

 

Last night, I was about to turn in and all of a sudden I was overcome with a huge rush of emotion…

 

While I was reveling in how good it felt to be accepted and published, all of a sudden, I began to realize where the inspiration came from.

 

It dawned on me that Big Billy rose from the Ashes of Folfiri – a drug that nearly killed me….certainly a drug that killed my will to live. I got choked up for a second and sobbed three or four times, before I regained my composure – it never lasts long, but somehow it just came out. 

 

And then I thought of how something GOOD finally did come from cancer and chemo after all. 

 

It’s amazing how out of the depths of despair, when I was ready to quit, that something as good as the idea of Big Billy could be born – the human spirit amazes me.  Big Billy means a lot to me and I hope that he means something to you as well. 

 

My best wishes to each and everyone of you for taking your time to share in this chapter of my life – and it means so much to me to finally deliver some good news regarding this subject. 

 

I know many folks probably figured I’d never do it….you’re not alone….I didn’t either….and I was extremely discouraged and had pretty much stopped trying, until Jen rescued me with her link. 

 

You just never know who you’re going to save from drowning out there:)

 

I’ll keep you posted on any updates with the project…

 

Stay tuned to the Sundance Channel – “Story Matters Here”

 

All my love & respect and best wishes to you & yours…keep going…

 

-Craig aka Big Billy Cool

 

 

 

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words a'blazin and a'smoking. Pull up a chair y'all, and sit a spell with that Coping mag and soak in the legendary story of Big Billy.

 

congrats Craig! awesome news.

 

Love, Les

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I so much wanted for you to see this post! 

I'm thrilled that you picked today to come and see me:)

Love!

-Me

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Such awesome news, Craig!  I knew it would happen for you some day, and I'm so glad I'm around to see it.  The publishing environment is a tough world, and it really says something about you that you were able to "get to yes" with a major magazine like this.  Can't wait to see it when it comes out.  Your librarian is darn proud of you!  Big hugs and congratulations~AA

PS  It was incredibly nice of Jen to help you with this...Jen, you are a real peach!

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Annie:)

You don't know how much I wanted you to be a part of this - it would have been hollow without seeing your smiling face and hearing what you have to say.

I've thought about what you said...

The Publishing World is brutal alright...it really makes you wonder what it takes to crash through the glass ceiling there - not only to get noticed, but to be accepted for publishing.  They can lay people's dreams to waste with just a keystroke:(

I've often thought about your Dear Abby with a Texas Twist angle that you talked to me about awhile back:)  You've really got some great ideas....I could use you in my PR department...we've already got Jen pegged for Research building us new leads, LOL!  Imagine what she could do if she had her hands free:)

You know, sometimes Naivete is a real blessing....it keeps us just stupid enough to believe that you can do something.  Otherwise, we'd with and die right on the vine for fear of failure. 

But, you're right, this is a major magazine and what happened just didn't happen by itself or by chance...they get celebrity interviews and all kind of patient submissions etc. etc., so I'm sure the waiting list is quite long, even if they accept you. 

So, I'm sure that both stories garnered their attention and I'm glad that BB was chosen...because that's what the magazine is all about - Survivorship and How to COPE with the illness.  And BB's story was all about that.....how a man who felt near death turned to something as improbable as the phantom image of BB on a really bad Folfiri trip...and that from those ashes - we were able to build another day from that.

But, YES is hard to hear in the publishing world - I've longed to hear it - and when I did, I found myself quite unsure of what to do about it:)

Cancer is about the only thing in this life that I've won at - ironic, isn't it, Annie?

Out of all the places in the world - and all of my acceptance has come in the cancer world...that's okay though, there's nowhere else I'd rather be - than with all of you.

Now, save a spot on your bookshelf, LOL!

Take care, honey!

 

 

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Congratulations  Craig.

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Thank you, Dan!

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Here's a funny one...

I was just saying to myself (talk to myself alot, Lol)...and I thought that I would post something with a Yee-Haw in it...

Loved your post - a picture really does say a 1,000 words:)

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Yay!!!   This is VERY exciting news.  Thank you Craig, and you Ann, for your kind words, they really mean a lot...but this was all you Craig!  I just provided the link and you made sure they got to know you!  Very smart - though I think they would have published it just based on the story, but I'm glad you gave them the chance to know Craig and not just  Billy!

Writing is such a gift and I'm so glad you are sharing that gift.  You will touch many lives with the story and the quotes.  That was a great idea they had grabbing those quotes out!

Just AWESOME!

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you Texans really know how to pull it all together.im so proud of you craig and big billy.i soo much wanted that book to be published but this news is great.who knows this just might be a stepping stone in that direction.wish i could give you a big hug but a cyber one will have to do.((((((((((HUG))))))))))..Godbless...johnnybegood

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Thank you!!!

I can feel your pride in your words.  Know you've always been a fan of Big Billy - he cares about you too:)

I agree with you.....I very much want for the book to be published one day....I might have to end up self-publishing at some point after I exhaust the options I've still got left. 

I know my chances are slim with it ever going mainstream.  But, I believe in its value and message and may just have to get it out there in some form - at the very least, just so folks hear can finally get to read it that want to.

And you're right again - this is a stepping stone that will hopefully take us in the next direction - at least, I hope so.  Writing just frees me so.....like nothing else. 

Big hugs to you, J!!!

-From Craig & Big Billy:) 

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Hi Jen

I'm glad you're pleased with the news! 

Sometimes in life, we need a navigator to help us get back on course.  One can have a tank full of gas - but if there is no destination, we're really just spinning our wheels.

It's doubtful that I would have found this website on my own volition...I didn't even know it existed....and I would never would have thought to look at a cancer website for a story publish. 

I might have found something else - or might not have.  Or, I might still be submitting endless Query Letters and waiting for the door to slam in my face again.  Rejection over and over is......well, it's rejection.

And it's all that I've ever known in this life (except for CSN)....I think when any artist bears their soul (writer, actor, singer, painter, etc), then they are exposing their complete vulnerabilities and laying their souls bare naked to the world - in the hopes that they will gain acceptance from their work.

Silence echos a haunting melody and leaves one feeling violated to some degree...and physical rejection means that you did not measure up to make 'their' cut.

And it's painful....and then to keep doing over and over....with the same result. 

I believe there were alot of forces in play with this project and that we were both instruments that were used for a greater good.

Your work put me in position to do my work - which both of us hope will help somebody else in the coming days

(500,000)...

I took a big chance, but I play for keeps - and I figured that we've got nothing more to lose by trying here...and this time, it paid off...and at a good time in my life when I needed some Hope and Inspriation for myself, so that I could divvy that up and hand it back to out to someone else.

It was beautiful, baby....just beautiful....

Seeing your shining post has made my weekend.....now I gotta go to work on our friend, Chels:)

Thank you for your kind words too and it's people just like you, who have helped me understand what an impact writing and using words as a healing medium plays a larger role in all of our lives than one can imagine. 

 

 

 

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There was no doubt in my mind that someone would eventually find how incredible you are as a writer.  Very proud of you and glad that you will finally get your story out there.

Kim

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You've had a VIP seat for the whole thing....

I'm sure I had you shaking your head on more than one occasion over the years, LOL!

It does feel good that someone finally did take a chance on me.  Having fought through rejection most of my life - and never being able to measure up to what anyone thought I was supposed to be....

Well, it felt good to be accepted at Face Value for a change...

You guys have always accepted me from the beginning - and as such, you gave the one place in the world where I found I could be what I wanted to be.  I'm very grateful to you and everyone that has treated me so kindly here.

And yes, we're getting A story out there - in the hopes that we can tell the full story at a later date.

2009-2013 has been some kind of crazy ride - but I'm glad that I could ride it all with you guys:)

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I'm so excited to read this news.

Goes to show that hard work, great content, excellent writing and persistance pays off.

way to go.  thanks for inspiring us all.

 

Joe

 

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Thanks alot, man

I'm just glad to hear from you; I know you're in a tough time right now and I'll try and support you any way that I can.... 

Now, I'm not a "dr" - but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night:)

LOL!

I've been dying to use that one:)

If I were a dr, my prescription for you would be an adjuvant treatment of Big Billy...I know you're going to find him during this fight:)

Take care buddy and thanks for stopping out to see me and show your support!

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I had never heard of this magazine but will buy a copy (or e-read it) when your article comes out

 

Karin

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When I know some more details, I'll be sure to pass them along...

Thank you for your support!

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Congratulations Craig. I can't say I'm surprised. Knew it was just a matter of time. You have a gift for helping people with your words. I am not only happy for you but happy for all those people who are now struggling and will find comfort and understanding through reading your stories. Hoping this will motivate you to keep writing. Many of us are going through difficult times and could use some inspiration.

Jen, you too should be proud of your role. Your direction has helped to create a much bigger platform from which many others will benefit.

Chels

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Awesome!!!!

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You know what my response is. IT'S ABOUT DAMMM TIME!!!

I'm so glad someone has finally recognized the special talent you have. It's been a really long haul, hasn't it?

Here's to the beginning of something great in your life. You certainly deserve it. You have put your heart and soul into so many things for each of us. Now is your time to shine.

Luv Ya,

"Mama" 

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Well, your "other boy" finally did it after all:)

It has been a long haul - but, I guess most of it was necessary to put me in position to have a chance at something like this. 

I love the rest of your post - and I think I'll just wrap myself up in there for awhile. 

It's going to be interesting to see where we can go from here...I too, hope the ride has only just begun:)

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Knew you'd be pleased:)

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Craig, congratulations, you should be proud.  You certainly have a gift and you have helped me in the short time I have been on this board.  Those of us that you have reached out to are also feeling proud for you!! 

Looking forward to the article!

Smile

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Thank you so much!  I'm glad that I was able to save you a seat to see this!  It's been a long and winding road to publication...and yet, I still feel very fortunate to be accepted. 

Annie said it best when she described how hard it is to get a 'Yes' from a major magazine like this one....she knows these things just don't happen....you have to have substance:)

I'm glad that I've been able to help you.  In my mind, I'm working on some material for the Jen/Chels/LindaK post that I'm going to see what I can do with.

But, first, I need to enjoy this one for a few breaths, before I have to enter the Jaws of the Dragon again.

I'm so high - I don't want to come down:)

It makes me feel good to see everyone happy with this news! 

It's a tough room up here sometimes with all that we go through - and I'm just about of tricks:)

Take care - and Texas Bear Hugs to you!

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Like about 500,000 readers out there....

Jen was my "co-pilot" - she pointed me to the runaway - all I had to do was land the plane:)

At least, I didn't muck this one up this time, LOL!

 

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With all that you've got going on too, I'm proud to have you as a friend.  And thank you for taking your time out to read this and respond back:)

I've enjoyed talking and getting to know you and Jen too, along with new LindaK and some of the other folks who I was able to connect with.  If it weren't for these kind of relationships, I'd have to set sail. 

Cancer is not all X's & O's, despite what we read on this board...strategies, drugs and new treatments will always be chaning - but what will never change is the Emotional Factor of what it feels like to be a human being with a cancer diagnosis.

And that's never going to change....

Thank you for your kind words too...I"m hurting for you right now, but am going to stay here with you. 

Here's a  true story that I've never told anyone about...

There was a guy here when I first joined....his name was Eric38...he was a good guy and he lived in Texas and we used to visit each other when one of us was in the hospital.....I spent time with his mom and met some of his relatives etc.

Anyway, when I first came here, needless to say I was a little bit different than what they were used to, LOL!

One evening, I received a PM from Eric....it was titled HEALER.

At first, I didn't understand the title, until I opened the email.  And he said that some people heal with medicine - but that I healed with words...he then said I was a Healer.

Gets me a little bit choked up now thinking about that.

There have been so many wonderful exchanges that I've been a part of - all of them helping me to be what I am today.

My gratitude is for those who have shared so much with me and helped me to understand what I may never have known - had I not gotten to know those folks.

Your words resonate that same kind of sentiment and I'm truly touched and honored that you feel this way.  You know by now, that I can only be what I am - some folks like me - some don't - some talk to me - others don't. 

Either way, my toes will always be tappin', darlin':)

I'm feeling a resurgence so to speak....

The publish post came out of the blue, wasn't expecting it.....but I did have another post that is already written that I was just waiting to relase...just the 9-year post....and then I've got the special assignment for you and Jen and Linda...and then I've got one topic left on my cancer list that I've wanted to discuss for a long time. 

So, it doesn't look I'm going anywhere; I've got work to do, LOL!

 

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   Good luck and congratulations. I know that feeling inside when even you haven't convinced yourself that what you are doing isn't the real deal. It is a cold and fragile feeling. But you did it and I think the whole crew here are beyond proud of you,hugs mate.Ron.

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Yes, it's hard to believe it is real....I'm still in shock....

I mean, I understand what's happened at a certain level, but it almost feels like it's somebody else's life and not mine.

All my life, my number is never the one that was called.....except for the Infusion Room....and even then it was iffy:)

Yes, I really, really feel the support of the community....and I think not only because people have watched this unfold for the past 4-years up here from the early beginnings of me trying to write....up to now....but also because, we're closely connected and their is a vested interest with one another.

And when one of us wins....WE all win as a community...

I'm just so proud to share this with all of you...it really takes on an extra special meaning to share it with ya'll:)

Thanks again, Mate...and hugs to you. 

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Craig,

Awesome, awesomness, most awesomely news!!   So glad to hear this.  You do yourself and all of us honor by telling the story. 

Hugs!

Aloha,

Kathleen

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Indeed. Just a matter of time!  Persistence Paid off.  Well done Craig ! 

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Awesome Craig. Absolutely awesome. You made my whole weekend with the news. You deserve it my friend and we all deserve a voice lik Big Billy to represent us. Thanks for your hard work and persistance.

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It just hasn't really sunk in yet, not really! 

This was very important for my psyche...

I'll be proud to wave our banner high and thank you for your confidence and support with this project. 

It's really going to happen, Jeff...

I re-wrote the John Force story too - and I'm going to make plans to try and give it to him in person this year - I really want him to have it......the JF story is my 2nd favorite that I've written.  Actually, BB and JF could be 1A and 1B:)

Take care my friend!

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Raquel,

We've roamed these halls for awhile and I remember when I first came here and was posting and you were so flabbergasted, your response was "Wow, just hugs!"

It's been some kind of ride up here the past four-years...

Know you're fighting hard and I hope you are doing well with treatment......us 09's gotta keep standing.

Thanks for your post and I'm pleased that you're pleased:)

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Apparently, it does not translate:)  Closest thing I can find is....hu'ihu'i (cool)

Cool

Thank you, Kathleen....you are another friend of mine, who I was so hoping would read this post. 

Thank you so much btw, for all of your support and kind words to the posts I've written; they have always meant alot to me.  Give Dick my cont'd best:)

Aloha:)

-Craig

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You are beaming!!!!!

Nice job!!!!

This magazine is at the oncology office at Scripps Green.

Enjoy your weekend, Author Harrison.

Tommycat

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I looked for the mag at my place today and didn't see it.  Very cool that you've seen at this location.  Hopefully, someone will read the magazine instead of using it for a coaster:)

LOL!

Nice to see you and thanks so much! 

Yeah, I'm feeling a little full of myself alright:)  It feels good as I'm letting nobody bust my balloon until I'm ready to let the air out myself:)

Take care and thanks for posting your support!

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WOW!! It is about time!! Very well deserved can't wait to read it!! Kim

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I'm glad that you got to see this post:)

It's all about Time and Patience, isn't it?

Nice to see you!

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Bask in the glory!

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Thank you so much! 

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Wonderful!  You deserve to bask in the spotlight for a while.  We have a celebrity in our midst... A published writer!  I am so happy for you!

alex

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I truly feel your enthusiasm in your words!

Thank you so much for your support and I'm so glad to see you here on this post:)

I'm still keeping up with you:)

-Craig

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Ya-hoo!!!

Way to go Craig...Glad you kept the post short Buddy! 

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Thats awesome, congratulations, ( sorry can't buy one from here, but of you find web where to buy it just let me know I will be glad to do it!.)

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Thanks for coming by!

I'm hopeful that it will be available for online viewing:)

I'll let folks know as I find out more, so that those that would like to check it out can.

Get Well, Mate!

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Thanks alot for coming!

Post a little bit over my average - but this one was pretty easy on the eyes, wasn't it?

LOL!

Stay well buddy and I'm happy for your response to treatments in one of your recent posts.  I'm so glad that you have cleared the table:)

 

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Happy naked dance time!

You go Craig!!!!

I know darn well Jenny is proud of you buddy, and I'm bursting with pride as well!

I can't wait to read it when it gets published!  You the MAN!

Winter Marie

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It will be nice to see the story in a magazine layout, even in its abbreviated version:)

I can't really grasp yet what has transpired; somehow, it just hasn't jelled yet.  Today, I'm working on submitting the photo for the article and the legal paperwork for them to publish, so I know it's 'under way.'

This is not a typical story for them by any means and so I really appreciate them stretching out their wings to allow me a little room to try and fly by presenting cancer in a slighly different way with the tone of the story.

That's a victory...

And I sincerely hope that the folks that happen to stumble across those pages, will walk away feeling a little bit differently than when they sat down. 

That would be the real victory...

I feel your happiness for me and am glad you are here to share in this - and I think Jenny would be happy as well...I've told you the last thing that she ever said to me...it stings to not have her here to share in this.  And I know that Chicky, Eric, Patti, AnneCan, Lizzy, Canada Rob and Buzzard too, would echo those sentiments as well.

And once again, Congratulations on all of your success with all that you've done:)

 

 

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It is great news that you got your story out!  It is challenging to get one's story in print.   Let us know when it comes out and we will make sure to purchase a copy!

 

Best Always,  mike

PS  Keep fighting the good Fight!

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