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How do you deal with a terminal diagnosis in your forties? How are you supposed to talk about it with friends and family?

Michael Izen was in good health, ate a good diet, and rarely got sick. Then after a regular checkup, his family doctor sent him to specialists for the old finger-up-the-bum and discovered he has terminal cancer. Finger up the Bum tells the true story of Michael’s experience with prostate cancer, with in-your-face humour and original, off-the-wall illustrations about everything from his “fallen warrior” to hot flashes, as well as touching thoughts on what really matters in the end. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll plotz. If you’ve ever had the finger-up-the-bum exam, you know a joke is sometimes the best way to cope with it.

At forty-five years old, Michael Izen had a happy life with his wife and family, and was running a boutique consulting firm, when he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. At forty-nine, he wrote this story with family and friends.

Advance praise for Finger up the Bum:

“I’m very proud of the wonderful job they did. Everyone should read this book.” —Michael’s mother

“This book is full of dumb, boy jokes. Men will love it.” —Michael’s wife

“I’m so embarrassed.” —Michael’s daughter

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