It takes a village of dads

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Life threatening illnesses often force us to take stock of what matters and the legacy we want to leave behind. USA Weekend’s article, “It takes a village of dads,” (April 9-11, 2010) cites author Bruce Feiler who found out last year he had cancer and has since formed an advisory of dads to help him keep perspective and pass along lessons to his twin daughters in the future. His new book, The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness and the Men Who Could Be Me, documents advice from different men in his life and what they have contributed to him as a person and as a father.

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USA Weekend
It takes a village of dads
Dennis McCafferty
April 9, 2010

On July 2, 2008, best-selling author Bruce Feiler was walking the streets of Manhattan when he got a phone call from his doctor’s office. After a routine checkup, a growth had been found in his left leg. Tests were run. Now, it was time for the news:
“The growth in your leg,” he was told, “is not consistent with a benign tumor.”

Which meant Feiler, now 45, had cancer, with a 7-inch tumor in his femur now spreading.

A flood of questions overwhelmed him:

Why me? Why now?

He quickly comforted himself. “I realized I had lived a full, good life,” says Feiler, author of Walking the Bible. “If I were to die, I’d have no regrets.”

What will happen to my wife, Linda?

Again, there was reassurance. “I knew that she’d take care of herself and continue to live with passion,” Feiler says.

Then, a question with no quick answer:

How will my little girls get by without me?

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