FAITH NEWS SERVICE – When life turns an unexpected corner, the quality of life can quickly take on new meaning. That’s what was confronting Noreen after she was twice diagnosed with cancer.
I Don’t Have Cancer When I’m Sleeping: Living and Dying with Cancer explores her journey, along with her husband, and how he copes with the eventual loss of his wife.
Some years earlier, Sorg had helped a male friend walk his journey through cancer. Later he realized this experience helped prepared him for the caregiving he would provide his wife during her second and final bout with cancer. More than a coincidence, Sorg would like to think.
With a sense of understanding, love, and devotion, this as-told-by memoir offers the unvarnished truth about living and dying with cancer. After a cancer diagnosis, time holds new meaning, and priorities change as the journey unfolds.
After Noreen’s death, Sorg says, “At first, you feel no hope, just a big hole in your life. The power of a support group of trained, sensitive facilitators cannot be equaled. They shepherded me through my grief and encouraged me to feel my pain, so I could eventually let it go.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in a small central California farming town, Gary Sorg is no stranger to life’s endearing and challenging moments. He spent twenty years with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, earning a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s in correctional counseling along the way. Then he went on to a second career for the State of California Department of Justice at the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. When not writing, Gary enjoys traveling with his wife, Janie, Bible study with friends, riding his motorcycle, target shooting, and time with family. Gary and Janie live near Sacramento.
Contact Gary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For interviews, contact through his website. Website: garysorg.com
Suggested Interview Questions
1. Your memoir is a beautiful tribute to your late wife Noreen, and also to the experiences you both had. What is your favorite memory of her?
2. What went through your mind when you heard the first diagnosis?
3. In the book there’s a chapter on you and your wife’s relationship. She wrote, “You can’t control cancer, so you try to control who and what you can.” How did you both navigate that often tough balance?
4. We know that in challenging times, humor shows up. What funny memory comes up for you?
5. When you look back on your healing journey, what defining moment stands out to you, and why? For readers who struggling on their journey of grief or loss, what are important steps on the way to healing?