I am inspired by love that endures, even grows stronger, through life's challenges.
This post is dedicated to Dave Ligler - known to many as Cap, after his favorite comic book hero, Captain America.
The real heroes in this story are Dave and his wife, Linda Bilyeu of Sunshine's Book Store.
In Linda's words, Cap was "a courageous man who never backed down during his prostate cancer battle... I am honored to have been by his side every step of the way. If we learn anything from Dave, he would hope it to be 'Never Give Up'.
July 6, 2015
Linda carries on the legacy and legend of Team Cap. I believe she will until the day she dies.
I was moved to tears when a signed copy of 'Team Cap's Prostate Cancer Journey' arrived in my mail a couple weeks ago. Along with the book, Linda sent this blue bracelet and some decals to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer research.
I wasn't able to put this book down once I read Linda's Dedication to Dave.
Page after page of this love story reinforces the dedication, determination and loyalty this partnership practiced. The mantra of 'one day at a time' was ever present in this diary of unconditional devotion.
While cancer tried to consume seven years of Dave and Linda's time together, cancer never defined who they were.
You will discover their ongoing focus on positive thinking, advocacy and even humor through every leg of this roadtrip.
I was honored when Linda asked me to write this memory of 'Team Cap' to include in this book~ her labor of love to and for Dave:
"As a nurse of over thirty years, my most valuable lessons come from the patients and their families. I've learned the power of love, faith and support is so much as stronger than traditional medical practice. Dave and his Sunshine show us all by their example how to face every day with joy, optimism and incredible bravery."
I highly recommend this book as a most worthy addition to your library. You may even have a friend who would be inspired or comforted with their own copy.
Linda, 'keep on shining'...I'm counting on you to be my Sunshine in the Forecast for a long time to come...
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