The Brain Cancer Boogie

 When I was first diagnosed with brain cancer my Lit agent encouraged me to keep a diary. My nature is to write things down so it was a natural. He liked it so much he asked to publish it on Kindle and it went on sale today. It is only 2.99. This is not a big money item and I plan to use part of the proceeds to cover some of my cancer treatment not covered by insurance (don’t worry; I have good coverage) and give some to some kind of cancer charity. My number one goal was the hope the diary would make some patient’s burdens easier to bear.

        My publisher used the word “cure” on the cover and I said “wait a minute guys, I’m not there yet.” They replied, “Oh, we thought the music cured you.” What could I say to that but “Press on!”

        ITo find it, all you have to do is click on, enter the Kindle store category and search “Bluegrass Brain Tumor Boogie” by Tom Bibey and it’ll pop up.

        Dr. B


10 Comments on “The Brain Cancer Boogie”

  1. Kim Farmer Says:

    HI Tom,
    I see you have a Weber also! I have a Gallitin with Maple front and back. A great little mandolin. I enjoy your posts on Facebook and look forward to your book. Hope to meet you someday.

    Kim Farmer

    • drtombibey Says:


      Yeah there is a lot of hype about mandolins these days, but I think Bruce Weber builds the best professional qualiy intrument for the price. Fine work.

      Keep a look out for my next two projects. One is a children’s coloring book to introduce them to mandolin. it should be out in a few months.

      The other is a book with Wayne Benson called “Practical Theory for Mandolin.” It migh be a year or so. It is based on his lesson plans.

      Nice to meet another mando enthusiast. I don’t get out for as many shows as I used to due to illness, but keep a watch out for me.

      Dr. B

  2. Sharon Says:

    Hi Dr B, clearly it has been a long time since I visited your blog. I had no idea you were ill and I’m very sorry to hear it. I’m glad you’ve kept on keeping on though. All the best and I pray for your recovery. Sharon (thesunlitdesk)

    • drtombibey Says:

      Thanks Sharon. I check in at your site every so often. I figure you have your hands full as Mommy. I am coming along OK and believe I’m gonna live. Dr. B

      • Sharon Says:

        Yep life is pretty hectic with the little one. She’s 16 months old now and so full of life. Every day is a new adventure. I’ve been doing a lot of research on body/mind healing lately and have come to understand that a healthy attitude and mind is imperative for healing, but I guess you already know that.

  3. Kim Farmer Says:

    Hi Doc,
    I am a mandolinist whose wfe went through cancer with a two year old daughter on my knee. God was real close, even closer and with a good Doctor and the Great Healer we are on the other side now. I am facebook friends with you and really enjoyed your book. Thanks for sharing your life and your love for string music and plain people.

    Plain Kim Farmer

    • drtombibey Says:

      Bless your heart Kim. Words of encouragment from one who has been there! Me and my wife are plain people if anyone ever was, so we identify. I think one reason I love bluegrass so much is ’cause the people are regular people; plain and real, the best.

      Dr. B

  4. drtombibey Says:


    Yep. I do pretty well most days, but family and friends pick me back up if I get a little down.
    We have a new (3 months old) grandchild so I share in your joy.

    Dr. B

  5. Sue Rash Says:

    Enjoyed seeing you Sunday at Harry’s. I have been reading from the amazing variety of information on your sites. Thank you for the card which introduced me to your world of bluegrass.

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