Twenty years ago, if a friend told me they were going to the hospital for 3-4 weeks, it usually meant that they were headed to the “drunk tank” to dry out. While I was pretty wild twenty and thirty years ago, I managed to steer clear of that particular life experience but I am headed into the hospital on another life adventure.
I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s T-Cell lymphoma early this past summer. Within a short period of time, I found myself in the office of the Clinical Director of the Division of Hematologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. The plan, from day one, was to go through a series of chemo treatments followed by a stem cell transplant.
While the trip to this point was not without its bumps, I currently have a negative PetScan, have donated 5 million stem cells/Kilo body weight (and I am quite a few kilos) and am scheduled for a stem cell transplant next week. The theory behind the transplant is to knock out the original lymphoma for good. As a bonus, there is an outside chance that the transplant will also knock out the MS that I have been running around with since 2003. While I will be out of the physical office for quite some time, I will never be far from a computer… or a phone for that matter.
On the advice of Dana Cole, my longtime friend and business partner, I started a blog at www.ronpramschufer.com. I have 4 stories posted so far with more coming. I’m sure I will figure out a way to tie this whole experience into a few articles on self-publishing. My hospital stay back in 2003 led to a pretty good article comparing hospital procedures to printing trade customs. That particular article is just as relevant today as it was in 2003. You can read it at http://www.publishingbasics.com/2003/07/19/which-trade-customs-do-i-need-to-worry-about-when-i-am-dealing-with-the-printer/.
Please feel free to email me any questions that come to mind about printing, self-publishing, stem cell transplants, MS or fantasy football at email@example.com. I will have plenty of free time on my hands.
Meanwhile, if you are ready to self-publish a book, nothing has changed. The whole self-publishing group is available to help you (www.selfpublishing.com).
See you next issue.