Date Published: July 2022
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
My mother called me a thrill seeker as a kid. That continued to be a fair assessment throughout my life, but with unforeseen consequences...
For 57 years I managed to cheat death as I endured accidents such as a head-on car collision that catapulted me through two windshields or hitting a telephone pole at 110 MPH on a motorcycle, to name just a couple. But none of these true-life experiences compared to what came after my cancer diagnosis. In this book I use words to paint you alongside as I detail all my incredible life challenges and experiences. Ride along the emotional roller coaster that includes 17 surgeries and the domino effect of events that resulted. After the cancer diagnosis, an internal fight also ensued. It was the mental battle against the shadowy figures on my shoulders who constantly whispered morbid thoughts.
About the Author
Perry Muse is a U.S. Army veteran, businessperson for over 30 years, entrepreneur, artist, husband, Father, and author. He has been listed in the Who’s Who of Music and the Who’s Who of Business Leaders. Perry is also a lifelong survivor of death-defying accidents. In 2017 he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. This life changing event required him to reach deep inside and find courage, faith, and to become an expert intellect about his conditions and treatments. Perry’s writing is entertaining, funny, extremely educational, and most importantly, all unbelievably true. Today he lives in Johnson City, Tennessee with his wife and 3 dogs.
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MR. SKELETON AND THE SACK OF GRAVEL
The army attacked Mr. Skeleton relentlessly, as though he had fallen drunkenly into a bed of angry red ants. Just as quickly as an accidental crash into the ant hill, I awoke one morning with the army attacking my joints and no prior warning. In a brief moment of time, I went from regular ole me to Mr. Skeleton, a pile of bones under an inexorable assault. The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone. The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone. The thigh bone’s connected to the backbone. The backbone’s connected to the neck bone. And on went the childhood song that taught us about Mr. Skeleton’s anatomy.
The ants cared not. They were only there to bring pain. Mr. Skeleton was once again consumed with the purveyors of suffering.
This was the onset of an autoimmune disorder. This attack had been merciless on my body. “It couldn’t kill the cancer, but it felt like it was killing me.”