My Operation

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Some thoughts while facing surgery.
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Language: English
About Ernest Winchester

I must in all honesty, update this entry, for I stumbled onto the magic key to post a story on Smashwords. It was operator error not one of the poltergeist that I’m sure came preloaded in my computer that prevents me from getting what I want from it. For those of you who didn’t read this bio before—which I’m sure includes the rest of the world’s population—I repeat: I am an old man who loves to write. I started decades ago—the exact number is irrelevant—on a cast iron framed manual typewriter that would now serve little purpose beyond a boat anchor. I love composing fiction on the computer, mainly because of the spell check feature. Why someone who can’t spell worth a damn wants to write, I’ll never be able to explain. I take solace in the knowledge that some well-known writers throughout history were so afflicted. However, I must confess, that is about as far as I can go into this—to me—frightening world of cyberspace. I don’t have accounts on face book (wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. Almost nightly the news is filled with stories of people murdered by people they have contacted there.) I feel the same way about Myspace, a blog or personal web site. I don’t tweet or twit or what ever that is. That really seems silly--just call them and talk! So I’ll be contented to write and enjoy retirement until the final heartbeat or wayward city buss runs me over.

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Review by: Gerty So on Oct. 02, 2012 :
I loved this brave soul who went to the doctor and got the cancer removed. It's not easy going to the doctor. I rate this book highly.
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Review by: Kristina Howells on June 09, 2011 :
It sounds like you went through an nasty ordeal. I hope that you have come out better for it. It always helps to write things down. A good read for anyone facing the same situation.
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Review by: Chantale Reve on April 17, 2011 :
To hell with Strunk & White (and Funk & Wagnall, for that matter) -- this memoir was pretty good. As the last reviewer commented, I too had issues with style, thus the four-star instead of five-star rating. However, I am willing to overlook style in a short memoir or, in this case, diary entry.

I tend to drive people to drink with morbid humor at times, so when I read the language about "spilling [your] guts," I laughed. Having said that, I hope to read of a positive (i.e., good, not malignant) prognosis in Part 2.

For what it's worth, I lost several people very close to me to colon cancer over the years. That form of cancer scares the sh** out of me.
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Review by: Jason Held on Jan. 10, 2011 :
An enjoyable piece by many measures. Unfortunately, you had to go through all of that! I presume you made it out just fine. Otherwise, I had some issues with style, but clearly I am giving a good review.
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Review by: Robert M. Yelverton on Dec. 27, 2010 :
I have to say that I did enjoy reading this. It to me resembles a diary entry. But the gentleman has a good sense of humor which shines through even though he is about to face a scary ordeal in the near future. A Good Work!
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Review by: SP McGiff on Dec. 27, 2010 :
Excellent gallows humour! Hopefully the scalpel was as sharp as the drugs were numbing. :)

Thanks for the read
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Review by: S. Wolf on Oct. 06, 2010 : (no rating)
Ernest, hope your surgery went well. Good luck with your recovery. Shawn
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Review by: cindy winchester on Sep. 29, 2010 :
Ernie, Well I finally got a turn at the computer, Gotta stand in line around this house. Tomorrow is the big day. You are in our prayers!!!Wish we would win that power ball so we could be there with you!!!Our hearts will be there,creating a circle of healing energy,and love. Cindy
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Review by: Janice Daugharty on Sep. 20, 2010 :
Ernest, thank you for reviewing my essay, "Chelsea." I just read your essay, "The Operation," and really like the writing and the honest insight. I hope your surgery went well; had something similar years back. Janice Daugharty
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Review by: ackleybj on Sep. 09, 2010 :
Ernest, Thank you for posting your thoughts. I am pulling for you. I have been through my own cancer surgery (now 18+ years cancer free), and believe that positive attitude will be the most important single thing you can do to improve your chances. So my advice is, for the next 3 weeks pre-surgery, try to get yourself in the best condition you can and remind yourself that the when you come out of surgery you are going to be cancer free. Go for as many walks as possible, take deep breaths, be glad that they found it now while it is small. You are in my thoughts and I will be watching for your next post telling us how you are doing.
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