Book tells story of wife's battle with cancer
By ADAM SWIFT
Union Leader Correspondent | May 23. 2013 8:05PM
At first, Whitcher didn't think that would ever happen.
"I spent 33 years with the Local 633 Teamsters and retired from driving in December of 2010," he said. "Writing a book was completely beyond anything I had ever done, and I had no idea where to begin."
"She's a strong-willed lady and she started in on me on writing the book and would not take no for an answer," said Whitcher. "I finally said to do it, I would have to have all the messages and I hadn't saved them."
"I thought, who in their right mind would save all those messages?" said Whitcher. "I did it mostly to get Anna off my back. But when I got up the next morning, I had almost 300 messages and I was in shock."
"I told her that she just became an editor," he said. "I have to give cousin Anna all the credit. She was the one to send me on my road."
"I feel like I'm a lot further along than if I had just sat around brooding on it," he said.
The book follows a chronological timeline, with an introduction about how Earle and Judy met.
"I wasn't making up a story; I was reliving the story," he said. "I knew what was going to happen, and when I got up to 2011, I couldn't continue."
"I was planning a trip to visit my brother in Texas in February of 2012, and it came to me that if I did not finish it off before I left, it might not get finished at all," he said. "That forced me to get through the last chapter and get it to Anna."
While the book does not have a happy, Hollywood ending, Whitcher said people can take strength from Judy's zest for life and living every minute to the fullest.