I am writing a book on surviving cancer, transplant, and recovery. The story will show how to open to the myriad of ways these conditions can be navigated, from Science to Shamanism.
I am writing this in the hopes that others facing similar challenges can find a path to healing.
As a former drug and alcohol counselor who now works with people in recovery, I am also a Shamanic practitioner who works with individuals and groups in various ways.
I plan to finish the manuscript by Haloween and then off to the printers by my 55 birthday in late November.
I will provide updates on the progress of the book on MyLifeLine (the blog I used during the illness) as well as Wind and Raven.
Thank you for your help, and thank you to everyone who was with me through the past decade when it began, through the diagnosis of liver cancer, and then the 2019 transplant. Without you, there would not be me. --
An autobiographical story of navigating the challenges of cancer and transplant while going through a complete change in the family, social, and career landscape over ten years, mid-life. In retelling how everything fell apart only to be rebuilt stronger than before, the author provides hope and practical and sometimes mystical approaches to becoming a new man.
This is How it Feels to Heal mixes lived experiences ranging from transitioning from a successful professional in the online world to spending months exploring the vastness of spirituality and Shamanism. It tells the reader how each of life’s challenges can be beneficial regardless of how we, or others, may typically see. In discussing the mind/body relationship in changing how both respond, the pages contain anecdotal sayings he coined along the way, such as the title of the book, to the more profound meaning as what they truly mean.
The opening chapter, “I don’t buy your myth of death,” details to complete departure from one life to the next at a fundamental level. From there, it spirals in many directions before the resolution of the health concerns and the author did what he said he would do when he was again healthy, which left the US for a time to experience other cultures.
In 2011, at 45 years old, Steve Patterson was abruptly diagnosed with liver failure, and, though the exact cause would not be learned until much later, he was given between six months and three years to life. Owning a profitable online company, he took a leave of absence the next day and eventually sold the company. Cancer was added to the liver diagnosis later, but along the way, he became a Shamanic practitioner and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 2019. He works today with individuals facing challenges remotely, two-and-a-half years after returning home broke, alone, and needing to rebuild his new business; cancer-free and with a liver transplant.
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