Fall 2017

Last night was a rough night. Anyone else ever have a rough night…or rough morning… or afternoon? They come, uninvited, sneaking into our very existence! I’ll tell you how I deal with my rough times after I tell you a little about myself. I’m Ruth Book. I had an article on my can- cer journey published in the very first issue of ON A MISSION. Because so much has hap- pened since I wrote that first article on April 20th, I was asked to write Part Two. So, here we go! I was diagnosed with Stage 4 rectal cancer on December 14, 2015, the day after Marty’s and my 40th wedding anniversary. It was quite a shock. I had six weeks of chemotherapy and radia- tion, then had colon/rectal surgery and removal of the tumor on June 7, 2016. After that there was six more months of chemotherapy. Be- cause the cancer had moved to the liver, I had liver surgery at the Ohio State James Cancer Center on March 7, 2017. I was off work until June of this year while I recovered. I had done quite well with the chemotherapy but found myself suffering with neuropathy. That brings us to where Part Two begins. Marty, my husband, was hospitalized in May with sepsis. He was in Intensive Care for four days and in the hospital for a week. He was diagnosed with strep in his bloodstream, which caused the sepsis. He received excellent care and recovered after several weeks. After that episode in our lives, I came down with shin- gles. It started in my mouth then went into my chin, up the left side of my face and into my left ear. Fortunately it did not get to my eye. I am now suffering with post shingle pain and problems which could last for several more months. If that weren’t enough to deal with, I got a severe urinary tract infection which put by RUTH BOOK A Reason and a Purpose PART TWO 28 | OCT - NOV - DEC 2017 women-on-a-mission.com