Jim McCartney by Angela McCartney Miro
My Life in Flight

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Diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer leads retired airline pilot to reflect on his career doing what he loves -- flying airplanes. Six logbooks covering some fifty years of flying aid his recall of an aviation career with many twists and turns and the people he met along the way. Cancer treatments that promised only to extend his life by a few months are documented. In spite of the prognosis, he went through four different chemo regimens, infusion of microspheres into the liver, and survived one year and six months to celebrate his 73rd and 74th birthdays, two Christmases and two New Years. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer on February 17, 2012.

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James F. (Jim) McCartney, a retired airline pilot, looks back at his career in aviation in light of his diagnosis of Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Jim collaborated with his sister, Angela McCartney Miró, to write the stories that highlighted his career and the path he followed to become an airline pilot. Angela, a retired paralegal, writes of her memories of the childhood she shared with Jim in rural Arkansas and documents Jim's treatment for pancreatic cancer. Through the years, Angela heard Jim's stories of his aviation adventures and frequently urged him to write them down. During his illness, Jim loved working on the book because it was an opportunity to revisit memories of the aviation career he loved. He particularly wanted the book to pay tribute to all the pilots and others in the aviation field. Jim said he could have done nothing alone and he appreciated all those that helped him along the way. When he talked of his aviation adventures, Jim was visibly animated and the burden of cancer seemed to fall from his shoulders. While the cancer treatments promised only to extend his life by a few months, Jim survived 18 months following his diagnosis in August 2010. Pancreatic cancer is the really bad boy among cancers and only two drugs have been approved for treatment of pancreatic cancer. In addition to the approved drugs, Jim received "off label" treatment and treatment within an approved clinical trial.Sadly, Jim died on February 17, 2012. He fought the good fight, he finished the course, and he kept the faith.Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer, but the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The statistics have remained virtually unchanged for over 40 years. Research dedicated to pancreatic cancer receives approximately two percent of the federal dollars distributed by the National Cancer Institute.The authors have pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to pancreatic cancer research.
Published April 26, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 334 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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McCartney eventually came to terms with his own mortality: “I look forward to the next great adventure when I see what God has planned for me.” A ride alongside a master flier with a cool head and sly sense of humor who, even facing death, refused to be grounded by circumstance.

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