Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor

  • Title: Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor
  • Author: John Kerastas
  • ISBN: 9780865349087
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chief Complaint Brain Tumor At years old John Kerastas thought he was the poster child for fifty year old healthiness he competed in triathlons rode in mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic veg
    At 57 years old, John Kerastas thought he was the poster child for fifty year old healthiness he competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables Then he discovered that he had a brain tumor the size of his wife s fist His memoir chronicles the first year he spent addressing tumor related health issues prepaAt 57 years old, John Kerastas thought he was the poster child for fifty year old healthiness he competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables Then he discovered that he had a brain tumor the size of his wife s fist His memoir chronicles the first year he spent addressing tumor related health issues preparing for his first operation, discovering a dangerous skull infection, having the infected portion of his skull surgically removed, learning about his substantial vision and cognitive losses, undergoing rehab and radiation treatments, and learning to live with his new normal According to Kerastas, the phrase new normal is the medical community s code words for You re alive, so quit complaining As his health changed, so did his sense of humor He writes that his humor started out superficially light hearted prior to the first operation transmogrified into gallows humor after several subsequent operations and leveled out as somewhat wry ish after radiation and rehab This is a surprisingly upbeat and inspiring book for anybody interested in memoirs about people dealing with personal crises, for patients trudging through rehab, for caretakers helping victims of serious illnesses, or for anybody looking for an unexpected chuckle from an unlikely subject JOHN KERASTAS has worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start up companies and as a free lance writer Now, in addition to non profit and charitable work, he spends his time blogging, speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab You can follow his blog or view his presentations schedule at johnstumor.

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    1. Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is a frank account of a man's journey through the world of brain tumours and illness. Kerastas talks openly and with a distinct humour about his time with a brain tumour and his recovery. I read this book a while ago now, before a crazy few weeks full of weddings and honeymoons and still, I find myself from time to time thinking about it. It had an effect on me. I like Kerastas and I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't. He is charming, down-to-earth and most definitely [...]

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    2. Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is absurdly hilarious for a book about a man’s battle to save his life. John’s optimism and humor was unexpected but refreshing as so many in his situation would not have been able to sustain their humor. John wrote a very compelling narrative about his personal fight to beat his tumor, restore his sight and survive.Prior to being diagnosed with his brain tumor, a meningioma, John epitomized good health. He participated in triathlons, rode in 100 mile (yes 100 mi [...]

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    3. In recent times, I have read several books about death, near-death, and serious medical issues. All of these are basically upbeat, and my hat goes off to those who have experienced these medical challenges. I am happy to report that this is a nice, short book with a very upbeat, sincere, and honest message. There is even some humor injected into it that I enjoyed, especially the musical references.As I read about this man's experience, I was absolutely amazed at what medical science can do in th [...]

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    4. I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of Charisma Media NetworkAbout the Book:At 57 years old, I thought I was the poster child for fifty-year old healthiness: I competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables. Then [...]

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    5. I have to applaud John and his tireless optimism and sense of humour through his whole ordeal. I can't say I would have faced the challenges that he did with anywhere near the same positive attitude. He faced obstacle after obstacle and was still able to fight through it all and keep joking. His story is very entertaining, in fact I sat down and read this book all in one sitting. Here's a little blurb as he's discusses "Obsessing about it" (the tumor):This is the most natural and immediate respo [...]

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    6. There were many times while reading Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor in which I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry. That is because John Kerastas tells the story of his run-in with a rather tenacious tumor in a particularly irreverent vein.Kerastas uses large doses of "gallows humor" to tell his story. I appreciated this style, because I have found in dealing with the trials of my own life that laughing about a situation is usually better than crying about it. Recently, Boo and I riffed on the "sev [...]

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    7. They say knowledge is power. Having someone to give you a firsthand perspective on a health scare can be priceless. John Kerastas has that perspective. Allow him to help you or a loved one to feel more empowered through his story. Although he lived a nutritionally sound & fitness oriented lifestyle, John found himself facing a sizeable brain tumor. Treatment didn’t end with surgery either. Radiation, partial blindness, & wading through medical jargon are a few topics that John cover [...]

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    8. In Chief Complaint BRAIN TUMOR, John Kerastas has crafted a compelling narrative about what it means to have one's world rocked by a serious and unexpected medical diagnosis. Hell, it even sounds scary. Meningioma.It is an unflinchingly honest story about his journey through an unfamiliar landscape, a nether world of the seriously ill. Kerastas doesn't shy away from recounting his anxiety and struggles, or the black humor that he sometimes used to deny the gravity of the situation in which he fo [...]

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    9. I just want to start by saying this is one of the most humorous books that I have read in a while. (this could be due to the fact that I usually read crime novels/thrillers… but moving on)John has a unique way of dealing with his diagnosis of a brain tumor. He uses humor. He takes you through his diagnosis and procedures dealing with his tumor and makes it an interesting experience. This book is great for anyone looking for a memoir of someone going through a similar experience or for family m [...]

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    10. Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is an incredible book and great uninhibited account of John and his journey through illness and brain tumors. John writes quite frankly and with humor about his ailments and experiences, making the reader learn from what he is going through, and actually laughing (out loud at times) instead of feeling bad for him. Even though I know a lot about medicine from my background, I still learned many things from this book and even more about how to handle stressful situatio [...]

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    11. Like Curveball by Liz Holzemer, this is a memoir about the journey John Kerastas went on when he discovered he had a brain tumor. It is a quick read and ends a bit sooner on the journey than her book does. Overall, his approach (trying to find humor in the situation and minimizing) and some of his specific experiences are more akin to my own, so in that respect I saw more of myself in this book than in hers. And it was highly readable. Sure, not every attempt at humor landed with me, but I am gl [...]

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    12. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more, with your own eyes you will see them.” (Chapter 30 verse 20). Chief Complaint Brain Tumor tells us the story of John Kerastas’ struggles to find his teachers and learn from his Bread of Adversity, a brain tumor, and his water of affliction a life threatening infection. You and I will face our own adversity and affliction. These staples of growth t [...]

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    13. This is an incredible book written by an incredible person that we are proud to call friend. While we heard from John and Barbara a lot of what was going on this last year, Marty and I now have a better understanding of what our friend's year was really like! John has a way of connecting what it is like to deal with a brain tumor to people, places and things that allow the reader to experience his physical, cognitive and emotional roller coaster ride. You will laugh out loud and you will have te [...]

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    14. My Review:What a positive book. John has a way of making very dire circumstances seem comical. I wish that I had the strength at such times to think positive. Throughout the book I was laughing rather than feeling bad for John's ailment. I found good ideas and ways to tell people bad news, that's for sure.John has taken a horrible experience and turned it into helping others. I am truly in awe of John and his wife. I am giving this book a 5/5 because the author made me leave the book feeling hap [...]

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    15. John Kerastas has a great sense of humor. I have never met anyone that has had a brain tumor but John kept a positive attitude while going through surgeries, infections and vision problems. I don't know from personal experience but I would think having a good/positive attitude during times like those would be pretty hard to do. I loved how honest the author is about his thoughts and feelings about his brain tumor. This book made me laugh so much which I didn't expect from a book about such a ser [...]

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    16. Wow, Chief Complaint Brain Tumor was written by John Kerastas and he talks about the moment of finding out he has a brain tumor right through to the surgeries he had because of it.I found the author to be very light hearted and jokey about his times in hospital, about the surgeries when others would probably mope.Some of the book was pretty gruesome especially the infection.I enjoyed reading the book. The author was fantastic and I am glad he survived to tell us about his journey.

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    17. You wouldn't normally use humor to describe a memoir about having a brain tumor, but I would with this story. The author gives the reader a humorous yet honest glimpse into his experience navigating a terrifying world of hospitals, insurance forms, learning to walk and drive again, and wondering how this was going to end. Highly recommend this quick and enjoyable read!

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    18. "Chief Complaint Brain Tumor" is John's personal experiences with brain cancer. He will make you laugh, cry, cheer and smile throughout the book with his courage, honesty and funny accounts of his journey. A totally outstanding book that I highly recommend to all.This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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    19. A very entertaining and inspiring memoir, although it ended very abruptly. I'm pretty sure I received an advanced copy, so I'll forgive the myriad spelling & grammar mistakes, though they were pretty distracting. (3.5 stars)

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    20. Loved this book. As a fellow Chicagoan and brain tumor survivor, John's story hit home in all of the right places. His humor, yet candid account of his experience was refreshing. Looking forward to meeting John one day and expanding brain tumor awareness.

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