WARREN COUNTY, NJ – Eugene DeGeorge, former Warren County resident, is no stranger to life’s ups and downs. Originally diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late ’90’s while living in Washington, NJ and only given a few years prognosis, items such as a published book never crossed his mind as attainable.
Now, over 20 years later, DeGeorge has two books published and a third on the way.
DeGeorge currently resides in South Jersey but his stories and poems created were all completed during his 30 plus years in Warren County.
“I was told not to plan past five years and that was in 1999 and here I am today,” DeGeorge said.
DeGeorge’s two currently published books, Reaching the Plateau and Until Tomorrow are two separate concepts–Plateau being a short novel about the trials of entrepreneurship and Tomorrow being a book of poems of life and loss.
Both books were solidified and many aspects written during the last twenty years of DeGeorge’s cancer battle.
When DeGeorge got the news that his cancer had reached stage four, he knew he had to make good on the promise to get these books, some parts originally written on a typewriter, published.
“When you hear the cancer has gotten to that level, you start to realize that those bucket list items and pieces of your legacy need to begin to get put down on paper and published to share with the next generations,” DeGeorge stated.
While cancer is still a part of DeGeorge’s life, he is not letting it win.
“I still am trying to run (or walk) 5K’s and my third book is in the draft stage, so I hope my own story reminds people to keep living and decide to wake up each day with a goal,” said DeGeorge.