Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

General • American Daily Publisher Recovering From Brush With Death

Neal Neal, Owner-publisher and editor of American Daily, out of Arizona, who has been battling serious health issues that could well have taken him, is recovering and will have the newspaper back up and running soon.

Neal was hit with cancer that invaded his body in several places including his lungs.  It must have been the Hand of God that guided him to the one hospital that could bring him out of it triumphantly. He went through several procedures and surgeries including chemo and radiation.

Knowing the severity of the cancer invasion throughout his body, doctors scratched their heads when they observed how rapidly Neal’s body responded to the chemo treatments.

As Neal described it, “That chemo went through my body like Pac Man, destroying the cancer as it roared through.”  He said that after each treatment, he felt a burning sensation in the infected parts and the cancer was significantly reduced each time. The doctors were amazed. Not only that, but Neal did not get sick, which is unusual for chemo patients, nor did he lose his hair. “Maybe.” he said, “only a couple of strands. But there wasn’t much up there anyway to start with.”

He is in physical therapy now since the cancer also attacked his spine. He is going from the wheel chair to a walker, and will next toss aside the walker. Neal is a tough old bird whose stubborn determination no doubt played a significant role in his surprising recovery and will be a factor in his becoming totally whole.

He is scheduled to return home on Thursday. He will go back to the hospital for the final 2 chemo sessions. He is looking forward to getting back to his computer and getting his newspaper, that is widely circulated, back in publication.

Neal has discovered many new writers who are prominent today, including Cathy Taibbi of Atlanta, whose first story was published by Neal in American Daily, and who has since become recognized as the foremost environmental and wildlife journalist today. He also puts together websites for writers including this one.  He intends to have American Daily up and running again shortly.

Bouquets go to Neal’s wife, Pati who stayed at Neal’s side, helping and encouraging him throughout this ordeal. Added measure: A tip of the beret along with the bouquet.

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