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Brutal Honesty - Battle for the brain – and life

This is a personal account by Deirdre Kohler of how she battled and conquered a brain tumour that threatened her life.
13 April 2011 | Dries Brunt
    
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Brutal Honesty by Deirdre Kohler (Big People), R130. ISBN: 9780620487993 - This is a personal account by Deirdre Kohler  of how she battled and conquered a brain tumour that threatened her life.
Her story includes the full cycle from  symptoms, epileptic seizures to surgery and recovery. 
But she is not alone in this battle.  Friends, including an American who had lost his wife to a similar disease, her husband and family and a strong faith helped her.
Information about degrees of brain cancer, the difficulty of diagnosis, decisions to take on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery and at what stage, the process of recovering after the surgery make this interesting reading.
  From medical detail on brain cancer to a sense of compassion, sympathy and admiration, this book has it all. 


Thanks to Jamie Bell (www.furyfighters.com) for the cover design, Alan and Lynn Page for the photography and Felicity Smith for the editing.

A big thank you to Dan O'Connor for sharing his wife, Sandy Beardsley's story with a brain tumour in this book. Her website is www.sandybeardsley.com  



Well it has been finished...

Brutal Honesty


...I do struggle to think that James will be with someone else (even though he says he won’t / cant) Realistically he would be young and would need someone. It is my belief that we have soul mates in life and at some point we are together again. I feel like this would be challenged if life is shared with another (stupid I know) I am also scared that there is nothing (which I don’t believe but its hard not to think about it)...” Deirdre Kohler
“...several times during Sandy's last year of life she told me, "I want you to love again. Being with someone else will not take away from what we had... Promise me you'll love again."   So I lied to her and said I would.  And as time goes on, I know for certain that once you've found your soulmate, that's it.  The thought of someone "replacing" her never enters my head or my heart. So I apologize to her for saying I would love again...So revel in the moment and don't be scared that there is nothing after this. Because I am sure there is more than "This Life". ” Dan O’


Deirdre Kohler has taken her shock of finding out she had a brain tumour at 31 years and turned it into a journey of healing with laughter, tears and hope. She gives an inspirational yet realistic view of the difference hope, prayer and faith makes in life and healing.

After diagnosis, 3 surgeries, radiation and chemo, she has managed to travel to 6 countries, become an abstract painter and opened a coffee shop! Not to mention be a mom of 3!

During the treatment Deirdre kept an updated blog that was followed by over 5000 people from more than 52 countries. By special request from a number of her followers, she was asked to write a book

In her book, she adds emails from a stranger in the USA never been seen by her family, friends or online. Here, over a 3 year period, they discuss death and the process of living with a brain tumour. His wife had recently died of a brain tumour when they started communicating from across the globe. They helped each other through a difficult time while to this day never meeting or seeing the other person.

Her style of writing is casual, modern, bringing both the humour and seriousness of the brain tumour. The book is a blend of journal writings, emails, medical information and personal input into what it is like living with a brain tumour.

Her radiation mask is currently being exhibited at brain tumour awareness exhibitions around the UK.


If you have trouble placing an order, please email kohlerprojects2@gmail.com 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I find it beautifully written and BRUTALLY HONEST!

The biggest learning for me was that no matter what happens to you, the way in which you deal with it determines your quality of life - THE CHOICE ON HOW TO LIVE AND LOVE IS YOURS ALONE. I also learnt that loving yourself and caring for yourself is a form of worship on its own - GOD expects that from us. I also learnt that faith, belief in the Almighty and prayer is most powerful....

Your book has made a difference in my life.....thank you so much....

Bibi Noorbhai

Anonymous said...

I loved every moment of it - had walked some of the path with you but never truly understood what you were going though.You are a true inspiration to us all.
LOL
Davina
A MUST read !

CherylZ1961 said...

Hello,
I am a brain tumor survivor. My tumor was not cancerous but because it was undiagnosed for 10 years, I nearly died about a year ago.

I also lost a brother mountain climbing about 25 years ago so I understand your pain.

I am learning to turn my anguish into joy by reaching out and encouraging others.
I started a blog for people going through trials. I hope you visit it and share it/ link it if you think it will encourage and help others.
weepingintodancing@wordpress.com

Thanks I hope you your healing is complete.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I am a brain tumor survivor. My tumor was not cancerous but because it was undiagnosed for 10 years, I nearly died about a year ago.

I also lost a brother mountain climbing about 25 years ago so I understand your pain.

I am learning to turn my anguish into joy by reaching out and encouraging others.
I started a blog for people going through trials. I hope you visit it and share it/ link it if you think it will encourage and help others.
weepingintodancing@wordpress.com

Thanks I hope you your healing is complete.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am a brain tumor survivor. I hope you visit my blog for encouragement and share it with your readers.
God Bless!
CherylZ1961
weepingintodancing@wordpress.com

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