What Others Are Saying About Michael and His Work

  • … You also have the knack of maintaining what I know you strive for, and this a coterie of individuals diverse, yet with one overriding common concern. You have done it well.–C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D., Former US Surgeon General

  • Michael…You are among a very select group of distinguished leaders, scientists, activists and public figures…–George H. W. Bush, Former President of the United States

  • What a marvelous inspirational book [Voices from the Edge] you have put together -- it is so touching as one reads each story. However, I am not surprised after meeting you and hearing you speak...–Mrs. Betty Ford, Former US First Lady

  • This is a compelling book [Voices from the Edge] that moves your heart. Read it and share it with others.–Ken H. Blanchard, co-author of The Minute Manager and Gung Ho!

  • A really powerful and very important book [Voices from the Edge] with life lessons for everyone. Five stars!–Larry King, Larry King Live, CNN

  • Engaging, enlightening, challenging, and inspiring! [What Would Mickey Say: Coaching Men to Health and Happiness] The Coach gives tips that can change our lives...–James O. Prochaska, Ph.D., Author, Changing for Good

  • Long known in the cancer community for his dedication and passion, Michael Samuelson extends his mission in these pages. We encourage you to read this book [What Would Mickey Say: Coaching Men to Health and Happiness] and share it with others.–LIVESTRONG Foundation


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Beyond Cancer Survival…Living a Life of Thrival

by Michael Hayes Samuelson

Over sixteen years ago, Michael Hayes Samuelson received a phone call that forever changed his life. “Hello, Michael. This is Dr. Marcus. No good news. You have cancer.” Those three words–you have cancer–echoed in his brain.

Okay, now what? For Michael, an internationally respected health educator and motivational speaker, his health message took on more urgency. The diagnosis was a penetrating wake-up call yanking him into menacing and mysterious territory. He was a man with breast cancer, a stranger in a strange land.

In the beginning, this uninvited–and mind-numbing–voyage was distorted by a cracked prism of muted and blurred colors, only to burst forth with the passage of time to revel both a heightened internal focus and in intense desire—an urgent need, commanding him to leave the comfort of the couch, put on his boots, pick up his trekking poles, and explore the outer reaches of the planet, on foot.

This book captures just a few of his many reflections and personal poems, sharpened by cancer, spawned from taxicabs, military service, mountains, rain forest, glaciers, boardrooms–and life.

Voices From the Edge

by Michael Hayes Samuelson

Voices from the Edge presents the wisdom of real people who have been diagnosed with and treated for cancer. They have been to the edge and returned. Their voices ring with their newfound passion – with hope, anger, fear, courage, acceptance, defiance, joy, love, and humor.

“A really powerful and important book with life lessons for everybody. Five Stars!”
Larry King,
Larry King Live, CNN

“This is a compelling book that moves your heart. Read it and share it with others!”
KenBlanchard, co-author
“The One Minute Manager” and “Gung Ho!”

What Would Mickey Say?

by Michael Hayes Samuelson

What Would Mickey Say? introduces the influence of sports and athletic heroes on men. Set in a company cafeteria, the book follows six men, all members of the company softball team, as they discuss such topics as drugs, alcohol, aging, raising kids, sex, and a host of other real life concerns. As is often the case in real life, these discussions are facilitated by events reported from the world of sports, politics, and entertainment. The conversations reveal ignorance, bravado, fear, embarrassment, and, at times, surprising sensitivity and intelligence; they are meant to be authentic depictions of what men think and what they discuss. Observing the men from the sidelines, and invisible to all but the reader, are Mickey Mantle and the virtual Professor Edwards from the local university. Mantle, having learned much from his own poor lifestyle choices, provides commentary and advice to the reader on the health issues that the men discuss, while the professor helps to clear up popular misconceptions. The slightly unusual format of the book addresses the issue of men’s health in a palatable, easy to read manner that fills an often ignored niche in the word of health books.