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Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor Paperback – November 15, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0865349087 ISBN-10: 0865349088

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Sunstone Press (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865349088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865349087
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is a guide for anyone who wants to know about surviving a frightful brain surgery, but it's really a lovely and funny guide to life. The best characters, John's family and friends, show us how to support someone we love.'' --Amy Marash, author of Cancer Is So Funny

About the Author

John W. 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.

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I've worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start-up companies and as a free-lance writer. Currently I spend most of my time blogging, speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab. I speak to hospital rehab groups, stroke and aphasia groups, and last summer spoke at the American Brain Tumor Association's annual "Patient and Caregiver" conference.

My charity and non-profit efforts includes work through the Taproot Foundation on behalf of Apna Ghar (a Chicago-based non-profit providing domestic violence services to immigrant communities). I also go on Appalachia Service project trips through my church, participate in Early Response Teams that follow first responders into disaster areas, and teach and certify Early Response Teams through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (e.g.UMCOR).

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I found good ideas and ways to tell people bad news, that's for sure.
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He will make you laugh, cry, cheer and smile throughout the book with his courage, honesty and funny accounts of his journey.
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I loved John's sense of humor and his ability to tell his story through this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By writemor on November 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
John Kerastas' humor-filled account of a devastating health event lays bare the foibles and heroics of the medical community as he shares a breathtaking view of his tortuous journey with brain cancer. I still feel like I am standing next to John, awaiting the next medical report and his light-hearted interpretation that makes the whole ordeal bearable.
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By Ruth A. Hill on December 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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 this day and age. It used to be that brain tumors and injuries were almost a absolute death sentence. Not so in this case and many. I cannot believe all this man went through, and his positive outlook was a breath of fresh air. I could have done without the profanity, but I can excuse that under the circumstances. While this is not on par with some of the books similar to this one, it is a nice, light read that will make you realize that life can change in a moment. We are never promised tomorrow, and we should live like we are dying. No, the author did not die, but there was always that chance.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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By Karen Bryant on November 25, 2013
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very well done and somehow he finds a way to take such a morbid life event and make you laugh
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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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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 serious subject like brain tumor. I really admire John Kerastas and am really glad I got the chance to read and review this book.
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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 "seven dwarves of asthma": Sneezy, Coughy, Gaspy, Chokey, Wheezy, Snotty and Phlegmy. So you can see why I would enjoy this book.

The book details Kerastas' stages of dealing with his catastrophic news:

Hope it will go away
Face It
Joke About It
Plan for a Potential Future Without You
Recovery

What struck home with me was when John and his wife were trying to decide how to tell people about his tumor and upcoming surgery. John said of this time:

I think I learned that a health issue isn't something to be hidden or to be embarrassed about. If they are really your friends, they want to know at the earliest moment. If they aren't your friends, don't worry about what they think."

I have found this statement to be true of any life changing moment in one's life. My true friends are the ones that have stood by me through all of the cataclysmic events of the past few years. I wish I had told them what was going on sooner. Their support has been amazing and I could have used it sooner.

Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is a book for anyone who has suffered or is suffering with massive upheaval in their life, especially if they appreciate a little humor with their trauma.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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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 happy, even though it was not a pretty subject. I also learned a lot, about stressful situations and medically. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own!
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By R. Simons on March 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

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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