Constance Emerson Crooker


I am a Stage-Four melanoma patient living from scan to scan in a lovely zone of uncertainty where I reject life's fussy little annoyances and embrace the good stuff that each sunrise sends my way. I took a cross-country, solo tent camping trip to celebrate my unexpected reprieve from near certain death, and I tell about that trip in Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death and Tent Camping. I reside in both Oregon and New Hampshire. In Oregon, I draw support and inspiration from Making Today Count, a women's cancer support group at Providence Hospital.

In former days I was a tricky trial lawyer, but I fled the fray to write, travel, ski, and dance. I have written several law-related books including Gun Control and Gun Rights. I've also written articles for an eclectic range of periodicals from legal to outdoor to popular to academic. My opinions have appeared in the "Oregonian" and the "New York Times." I love to share creative writing techniques in Connie's Writing Playground. Watch for two more books in the Melanoma Mama series: Avoiding the Tuscan Sun: Melanoma Mama in Italy, and Life in the Slow Lane: Melanoma Mama as Caregiver.

You can follow my ongoing medical journal on Caring Bridge.

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Doc Jackson's Letters Home: A Combat Medic's 1968 Letters from Vietnam
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 47,160. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
Private E-1 Jerome Jackson’s letters, hurriedly handwritten on muddy paper to his mother from jungles and sandbag bunkers, tell the true, first person, contemporary account of a combat medic, rich with the details of how soldiers survived day to day in a life-threatening landscape. They reveal Doc’s rage against the mismanagement of a military fiasco during what Jackson considered a senseless war.
Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death, and Tent Camping
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 68,380. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
A Stage IV cancer patient finds joy while entangled in a tango with death. In this witty and wise tale, the author fills the spaces between her medical dramas with her zest for life. During her solo, cross-country tent camping adventure she learns that when life and death no longer matter, true joy is possible. The author's honesty will impact you forever.

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