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C. Richard Cotton was born on a U.S. Army post in South Carolina. He spent the next 18 years following his father from assignment to assignment, seeing much of Europe and most of the United States.
While living in Denmark, he became an avid reader, partly because of long, cold winters when outside activities were curtailed, partly because reading English-language books was a way to connect to the States and partly because Danish television was on only a couple hours a day. "The Flintstones" and "Perry Mason" were the only American shows broadcast.
After departing college, without a degree, Richard was a Volkswagen mechanic, bartender and worked numerous other vocations before settling into carpentry. Moonlighting as a longshoreman on the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge, he was injured in 1985 and couldn't work a couple months.
He began writing stories for local magazines and newspapers during that time. Today, thousands of articles and thousands of photos later, he has penned his first book, "Then Came Cancer: A Love Story."
Richard lives today near Saltillo, Mississippi, home for the past 20 years. Most of his five children and four grandchildren live nearby. He is working on his next book, to be announced at a later date.
on March 08, 2012 :
Loved this book! It's an excellent example of what true love is all about. If I had a dollar for every tear I shed reading this, I'd be a wealthy woman. It's not so much a sad read, as it is a beautiful read. A beautiful love story that stays with you long after you finish the book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 02, 2011 :
What a wonderful tribute to the love so seldom shared between a husband and wife during their finest hour escalating into their darkest. The honesty with which Richard expresses,through the title, Then Came Cancer, how much their lives changed, but remained a Love Story, is empowering. The hopes and fears that humble one family and bring them together because their love endures makes you cling to every word until the last.
I will forever be touched by the strength that Terri and Richard display throughout each new situation with which they are confronted. This is a must read for any spouse who feels left alone after surviving the death of a loved one. Richard's gift of putting into words that which we lack, brings out emotions that have been forgotten. It allows us the capability to move on while remembering the gift of true love.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on July 17, 2011 :
Thank you, Richard, for sharing Teresa's story. I knew her as a teenager (before you renamed her Terri.) I can vividly remember her smile, always upbeat attitude, and wonderful personality. I had no idea what a tough battle she had with her cancer. Thank you for giving that insight. The book was great. I cried, laughed, and have a better understanding of the great love you two had. Again, thank you for sharing your story.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on July 04, 2011 :
An honest, from the heart story of how love IS the bond of endurance during the horrible trials faced in such times. Thank you, Richard, for sharing those years, tears and feelings with us. May it help bring you some ease.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on June 27, 2011 :
Awesome book! One of the best love stories I have ever read. The love shared between Richard and Terri comes through loud and clear. This is the kind of love that you find once in a lifetime, the kind that lives on even after death. Terri's courageous battle, the strength she had and the poise that she maintained could teach us all a lesson about living. Well done.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)