Thanks to Cindy Frazier for her detailed and poignant account of her encounter with cancer at a relatively young age ("Canyon To Cove: Facing the Big C," June 10). I am dealing with a similar situation and have a few suggestions. When I'm back up to speed, I'll put more into a short book designed to help other victims of catastrophic disease.
My problem was pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal hardening of the lungs. The only solution is a lung transplant; age and health determine candidacy. Both worked in my favor, and I received two lungs at UC San Diego in November. Recovery went well, but a life-threatening complication arose that turned out to be every bit as challenging as the lung disease.
I'm recovering now. It's slow but working.
•Enlist the help of your closest allies: God, your family, friends, a great medical team, and your own attitudes and beliefs that you can overcome this challenge. They will be by your side through the entire tribulation.