The opportunity to examine the mysteries of his adoption and tell the success story about his cancer treatment inspired author Paul Raffer to craft a novel that cleverly meshes fiction and reality. In “Skin” (published by Xlibris) readers will follow the life and struggles of a doctor who was diagnosed with an incurable skin cancer.
As the doctor faces his mortality, and attempts to avoid it, his life parallels a New York family immediately recognizable as having a common thread with him. The doctor was adopted and has no known siblings or relatives. Eventually, this doctor is offered an experimental stem cell transplant protocol and he matches someone from the international stem cell bank. The reader is led through the preparation for and the actual stem cell transplantation as seen through the eyes of an experienced physician, with detailed treatments and unexpected side effects. They will also have a tour about the cutting edge of cancer treatment at one of the world’s great institutions and its effect on two families separated by 3000 miles.
Dissecting the mysteries of adoption while treating readers to an emotional roller coaster ride of stem cell treatments, “Skin” highlights life’s challenges that add depth to humanity’s existence. Personal as it is universal in theme, this story is essentially that of two families, touched by and brought together by cancer.