My Wife

In 2010, at the age of only 27, my wife was diagnosed with stage IIB breast cancer. We had just moved to America from Beijing, and she was preparing to go to nursing school. She did not yet have decent health insurance. Needless to say, it was an extremely rough year for us. Fortunately, she’s okay now, but the ordeal has made me a bit of an activist in the fight against breast cancer. Please keep reading for more information.

In the United States alone:

  • Over 200,000 women are diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer every year.
  • About 40,000 women die of breast cancer every year.
  • One in every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Let’s do something about it.

Support cancer research by buying the book Stand with Cathy. It’s about my wife Cathy’s battle with cancer and some other crazy things that happened to us back in 2010. All profits are donated to the Komen foundation. Order a copy in any of the following ways:

  • For a hard copy, click here.
  • For the eBook, click here.
  • For the iBook version from iTunes (for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), click here.
  • For the Nook version, click here, or search for “Stand with Cathy” on your Nook.
  • For a free sample, click here.

What It’s About

In case you’re not familiar with our story, this book is an account (from my point of view) of my wife Cathy’s battle with cancer. It’s about how our community came together to sustain us by raising over $65,000 to help pay for Cathy’s treatment and by providing a place for us to stay when we were effectively evicted from our apartment. It is a testimony about the power of love and grace in the midst of hardship. (Click here to see video of the Stand with Cathy benefit concert.)

Here is the cover: (Click to enlarge.)

Stand with Cathy - Cover

Praise for Stand with Cathy

Never one to shy away from tooting my own horn, I have decided to share some of the quotable feedback that I have received. (So far, this is not an exercise in deception by the omission of negative feedback — and hopefully it never will be. All comments I have received are included below.) Of course, these comments were all made by friends and relatives, but they are sincere reactions to the book nonetheless. (I have not asked for permission to identify any of them, so I will not give their names, except for the pseudonym of one of the people who is mentioned in the book.)

“A beautiful story and well-told.”

“I finally made time to sit down and read Stand with Cathy. You did such a great job! I can honestly say that it made me both laugh and cry. I’m so glad that you guys are out of the storm, and I pray that you never have to endure such fear, pain, frustration, and stress again. Life is indeed a team sport.”

“Received and read your book through in one sitting. I really enjoyed it. I had forgotten how much I miss your way of saying things. Thank you for sharing your story with the world.”

“Thanks for the book Stand with Cathy. I finished reading it. It’s very touching and at the same time inspiring.”

“I just finished reading your book! Excellent job!”

“You misquoted me! I told [Marcus] that he should take a writing class, not a running class. Now everyone that reads your book will think Craig isn’t funny at all.”  –‘Craig’ (one of the people in the book)*


Below is a list of corrections to errors that have been found in the book. Hopefully this section won’t grow too long. In some cases in the book, I recount dialogue, which I of course cannot claim to remember exactly word-for-word. I have tried to recount everything as accurately as possible, and for the dialogue especially I relied on notes that I wrote shortly after the events took place.

  1. *On page 103 in the first edition, Craig should be quoted as saying, “Take a writing class or something,” rather than, “Take a running class or something.” At the time, I thought I heard him say “running.” It might have been because I had just been talking to a neighbor who was on the track team at Rice University. In any case, “writing” makes a lot more sense.

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