The phone call made him furious.
Verne Johnson’s doctor was on the other end of the line, telling him he might need a third surgery to rid him of cancer.
Johnson’s first surgery had been to remove a growth that had been found in his chest months earlier. The growth was cancerous. The second surgery was to remove Johnson’s left breast and a lymph node under his left arm.
All of this had happened within a month and a half. Now Johnson’s surgeon, who wasn’t a cancer specialist, was telling him he might need a third operation to remove more cancerous tissue.