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Three Time Cancer Survivor Pens Memoir About His Life and His Survival

Los Angeles, CA, December 09, 2011 --( Military veteran and cancer survivor, David Yates, is pleased to announce the release of his new book, Cancer Sucks: A True Story. If lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, what are the odds that cancer would strike David Yates three times – and he would survive?

David Yates survived serving military duty in Vietnam, only to come home and find out that he had cancer – malignant melanoma, to be exact. After surgery and recovery time, he was finally getting back on his feet when the cancer returned less than two years later. Surgery and treatment again followed, and David was back into his life – changed, but still moving forward.

More than three decades later, David found himself receiving the news of a cancer diagnosis for the third time.

Cancer Sucks – A True Story is David’s story.

From the moment of that third diagnosis – this time for colon cancer – David was determined to see this through to its completion. He hadn’t let cancer beat him in the past, and it wouldn’t beat him this time, either.

Cancer Sucks is no “woe is me” story, though. This is a story of survival, of making it through to the other side of illness, and – above all – of helping others to do the same.

Filled not only with personal stories, but also first-hand accounts of what to expect when going through treatments, David’s story becomes a new kind of handbook for cancer patients. With practical and frank advice, David not only explains how he has made it through, but he urges everyone to pay more attention to their bodies and to take their health into their own hands.

Perhaps this is not just David’s story after all, but a cautionary tale for everyone.

Book Information:
Cancer Sucks: A True Story
Author: David Yates
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
ISBN: 978-1-936401-94-9
Pages: 223
Published: August 2011

About The Author
David Yates grew up in Vero Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida and graduated from Forest Hill High School. He is a Vietnam veteran, graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS degree, and has worked extensively in the construction and elder care fields. He is a pioneer in the development of "intergenerational care" (structured programs with preschool children and dependent elders within the same building with centers in Northern and Southern California, Colorado and Connecticut). He is currently retired and living in Ventura, California.

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