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cover of My Prostate and Me by William Martin

by William Martin

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steak with mashed potatoes and cream gravy. (It may not be entirely risk-free, but patriotism requires sacrifice.) Back at the house, we fell naturally to talking about Jeff's career. Patricia and I were truly interested and the conversation continued longer than we had planned. We made it to the bedroom around midnight. Alone at last, we kissed, then lay back hesitantly. Finally, we laughed ruefully and admitted to each other that we were too tired to fulfill our promise. So it goes.

Sunday morning passed quickly and soon it was time to leave. Samantha hasn't been around us much, so it usually takes her some time to get past the awkwardness of fitting us into her emotional schema. I don't know what she knew about what I was facing, but when I stooped down to tell her good-bye and that I loved her, she hugged me warmly and said, "I love you, too. Granddad," in a tone that made me believe it. Jeff also gave me a big hug and said he would be in touch with Mom and Rex the next day. Patricia said she would see me in a few hours, and they drove off down the hill.

In the thirty-one days that had passed since Dr. Carlton had told me I had cancer, I had shed some tears, but I had never come close to losing control. I had not struggled with my composure, nor had I felt any strong need to keep up a good front. That's just the way it was. Now, to my utter surprise,

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