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My Angels Are Come is an extremely candid insight into every aspect of the author’s life-changing encounter with prostate cancer. Its narrative is frank, bold, and information rich, offering a generous behind-the-scenes look at both the nature of the disease and the complex character of the caregivers who made coping with the disease possible.

Indeed, despite the author’s fascination with the state-of-the-art technology used in his treatment, the truly life-changing experiences that remain with him to this day are those of the people – always the people. This book is above all an enthusiastic celebration of the caregivers who literally touched his soul and gave him back his life.

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Winner of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, Men’s Health category

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Winner of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award

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Art Stump received his BA (Psychology) and MBA (Finance/Marketing) degrees from Indiana University. While in Bloomington he was active athletically in IU Judo, winning AAU state honors, and in rugby, captaining the championship IU Rugby Team. After finishing graduate school, he was recruited to work for a large Chicago bank and in the span of three years advanced to the position of the bank’s Marketing Officer.

With a longstanding interest in photography, Mr. Stump decided next to change focus and freelance as a professional photographer. That worked. He established a Chicago studio and over the next 25 years shot fashion and beauty assignments for some of the largest fashion retail accounts in the Chicago-Midwest market, his work appearing often in Vogue, Bazaar, Glamour, and similar fashion magazines.

He later returned to South Bend, Indiana and served as president of Interax Corporation, a consulting firm. His subsequent encounter with cancer in 2003 became one of the most powerful and life-shaping experiences of his life, one that led directly to his decision to bare his soul to the world and write a book.

That book is  My Angels Are Come.

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"The adventure that I had embarked upon in my fight against cancer was a terrifying one to be sure, but it was an adventure nonetheless. I fully intended to relish every moment of it."

Fashion photographer Art Stump, at 60-something, is diagnosed with prostate cancer (not the wildly aggressive strain). Although this is a scary scenario, he determines to turn his fear into anger and to beat the disease. With an extraordinary group of caregivers, he does so; he undergoes radiation treatments and intimate prods and pokes and takes various medications. The book, written in journal format with dates, is as much about the health practitioners as it is about Stump's cancer.

Cancer memoirs are frequent these days, and those with happy endings are most welcome. Most make good stories, and many are well written. These statements are both true for My Angels Are Come. (The title originates from an actual thank you card sent to the medical center.) The book is highly technical about all his diagnoses and treatments and would most appeal to those with a similar diagnosis or a family member of such.

Stump’s story is heart warming and re-affirming. Extremely involved in his treatment, the author might well have been a fine journalist, as well as a photographer, as he asks so many questions. Luckily, the medical professionals with whom he deals are not offended and strive to answer all of them. Stump comes to see them as his angels, those who have saved his life. Upon completion of treatment and receipt of a clean bill of health, he relishes each day more; he is more open, emotionally; he is more ready to praise people for jobs well done. The cancer teaches him much about human nature, and he emerges stronger, physically and emotionally.

[ In July ] Clumsy Ducks Publishing in South Bend, Ind., published "My Angels Are Come" by Art Stump, in which the author recalls the details of his treatment for prostate cancer. Consulting editor Donna Welch says, “This book is unique because of the remarkable detail and candor that the author uses in dealing with such a private subject. He explores and shares every intimate aspect of the disease and its treatment—physical, psychological and emotional—as his cancer experience progresses.”

Most memoirs of battles against cancer are stories of overcoming the odds. “My Angels Are Come: A Deeply Personal Journal of Cancer Survival” is not one of those stories. Seeking to give readers a highly personal look into the mind of someone who discovers their cancer, “My Angels Are Come” walks the reader through the fear of death and the hopelessness of the afflicted. Covering every step of the process and every aspect of the author’s feelings, “My Angels Are Come” is the closest thing to experiencing cancer a reader will ever want to personally encounter. Highly recommended for community library memoir collections.

The book is excellent for anyone considering proton therapy and is a must for anyone that has chosen proton therapy. As a person who is starting proton therapy in a couple of weeks it was very helpful and as much as possible was very comforting as the unknown can be very scary. Mr. Stump goes into great detail and shares many personal experiences that are very helpful. Don't miss this excellent and well-written book.

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  • ▪  I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for your book, it’s awesome. I… did not finish it yet. I’m reading it slowly. Makes you cry, makes you laugh. It’s just fabulous.
    — Edda Taylor

  • ▪  I enjoyed the book very much and couldn’t wait to read more… finished it the first week. I already miss the people at the Center and the give-and-take of the author and the doctors.
    — Ruth

  • ▪  I couldn’t put the book down – read it all the way through. It was just amazing. You could actually see the people. It was just so personal. It is really, really a very good book. Very VERY well written, and holds your interest… you just want to keep seeing what’s going on… a super job.
    — Barb Kracher, Cover Shots Modeling Agency

  • ▪  You answered lots of questions and left nothing out… God bless you for that… there are a lot of scared folk out there who don’t know who or what to ask… you have certainly put together the information to get them talking to their own docs… what to expect and when to expect it… God bless you again.
    — Donna

  • ▪  In addition to its being a story of his journey with cancer, his analysis and confrontation of an institution that can cause immense individual harm and leave one feeling powerless and vulnerable inspired me to hopefully act as courageously in similar situations…. Please thank him for us for his generosity in sharing this story.
    — Patty McConnell

  • ▪  Your book not only represents your winning battle with cancer (no small accomplishment by itself), but also a new found need and ability to share your experiences with others. It IS very personal. Having gone through chemo and radiation for breast cancer, I recognize more than ever the impact a cancer diagnosis can have on life views. I also know how wonderfully important those angels who deliver treatment are to healing.
    — Joan R.

  • ▪  It’s so neat, it’s like you’re right there, right next to him when everything happens. I started reading and right away it was six chapters later, and I still didn’t want to put it down. And I’m not usually a reader.
    — Brett S.

  • ▪  The subtext of this book for many men will be the author's feelings regarding the utter and unnecessary invasion of his physical modesty and privacy by the hospital system that helped him on one hand but humiliated him continuously on the other. "My Angels Are Come" is indeed a double-edged title. I found it a shocking exposé of male patients in modern medical care. I doubt female patients are as regularly subject to the same. Let's hope the stories help bring about some change.
    — Bill, at

  • ▪  I finished reading your book today… cover to cover. Just wanted to let you know how good it was. It was very personal. And very well done. You did a great job. Thank you!
    — Sherry


Coming to a bookstore

  • A self-help book about children organizing, creating, and managing their own clubhouse.
  • ... one writer
  • A children’s book about a group of friends who take on a parent’s dare to investigate a haunted farmhouse by staying there all through one unbelievably scary night.
  • ... two writers,  joint authorship
  • A guidebook for angels who are in orientation and training prior to their earthly assignments.
  • ... two writers,  joint authorship
  • A book designed to prepare all types of training participants to receive the most effective and creative learning experience possible from their training programs.
  • ... two writers,  joint authorship

Press releases

Bullet   Cancer Book Honored With Prestigious Mom's Choice Award

Clumsy Ducks Publishing announces the winning of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award for its title My Angels Are Come . The award-winning book, a remarkably frank account of prostate cancer survival, is honored by the recognition of the Mom's Choice Awards organization.
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Bullet   Clumsy Ducks Publishing Wins USA Book News National Best Books Award

My Angels Are Come , a summer-released title from indie publisher Clumsy Ducks Publishing, has won the National Best Books 2008 Award, Men’s Health category.
see the release here     <<    also download cover art here

Bullet   New Book Gives Remarkably Candid Look at Prostate Cancer

My Angels Are Come is a penetrating insight into every aspect of the author's life-changing encounter with prostate cancer. Its narrative is frank, bold, and information rich, offering a generous behind-the-scenes look at both the nature of the disease and the complex character of the caregivers who made coping with the disease possible. Although the author enthusiastically applauds his exceptional caregivers, he critiques outright the questionable patient privacy policies of their host institution.
see the release here     <<  also download cover art here


Fairs, conferences, conventions

My Angels Are Come
will be shown at the events listed.

"MCA" indicates that the title will be shown in the Mom's Choice Awards Showcase, new titles exhibit.

American Library Association Midwinter Show

  • Denver, CO
  • January 23-26, 2009

Taipei Book Fair 2009

  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • February 4-9, 2009

Michigan Reading Association 53rd Annual Conference

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • March 14 – 16, 2009

London Book Fair 2009

  • London, GB
  • April 20 – 22, 2009      ( MCA )

Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference

  • Springfield, MA
  • May 5 – 8, 2009      ( MCA )

Maryland Library Association Annual Conference

  • Ocean City, MD
  • May 13 – 15, 2009      ( MCA )

BookExpo America

  • New York, NY
  • May 28 – 31, 2009      ( MCA )

American Library Association 2009 Annual Conference

  • Chicago, IL
  • July 10 – 15, 2009      ( MCA )

Illinois Library Association Annual Conference

  • Peoria, IL
  • October 6 – 9, 2009

New York Library Association 2009 Annual Conference

  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • October 14 – 17, 2009

New England Library Association 2009 Annual Conference

  • Hartford, CT
  • October 18 – 20, 2009

Pennsylvania Library Association 2009 Annual Conference

  • Harrisburg, PA
  • October 18 – 21, 2009

Virginia Library Association 2009 Annual Conference

  • Williamsburg, VA
  • October 29 – 30, 2009      ( MCA )

Michigan Library Association 2009 Annual Conference

  • Lansing, MI
  • November 3 – 6, 2009
Additional shows being added.

Patient Privacy Rights

Dr. Joel Sherman, MD maintains a blog site that focuses on patient privacy rights in medical care. The site explores the full spectrum of privacy violations, but one thread is dedicated specifically to the issues raised in My Angels Are Come.

Interested parties are invited to participate.



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Donna Welch, Consulting Editor


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