Reader Reviews
"Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is proof that a story about real life and real struggle with a hefty dose of humor can be inspiring and powerful. I highly recommend it."
-Melissa Brown Levine for Independent Professional Book Reviewers

“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.”
-Nancy Morgan
Writing Clinician, Director, Arts and Humanities Program, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center

"This is a story of courage, persistence and determination. You will draw strength and inspiration from John's story. Highly recommended! My Rating: 5 Stars out of 5"
-Janette Fuller, reviewer,

“One man’s journey from start and definitely not finished yet will make you laugh, cry, smile, cheer and realize that rehab is rough, caretakers deserve big hugs and yes laughter and a sense of humor in this case was the best medicine. Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor: If I know John just from reading this book this tumor has no chance of survival against him. Hear his words, listen to his inner most thoughts and find out the new words he wrote to one of my favorite songs: Run Around Sue on pages 110-112. This book gets: FIVE GOLDEN STARS AND FIVE HIGH SCORES ON LUMINOSITY.”
-Fran Lewis, reviewer, Gabina49's Blog (full review posted at

“John Kerastas reminds us of the fragility of ‘life as we know it’ when serious illness barges in.  He relates his personal story in "Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor" with humility and humor, allowing readers to consider how we will adapt to changes in our own health.   
-Laurel Coleman, MD, Internal Medicine/Geriatrics, Manchester, Maine

"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, cancer is SO FUNNY!
"John, diagnosed with a brain tumor, had the courage and humility to write about it in his incredible book, Chief Complaint Brain Tumor."
-Paulette Mahurin, Author, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
"John has provided a great service. His wit & down to earth explanations will encourage those who've grown weary to speaking to people in white, lab coats. Absolutely, `Chief Complaint Brain Tumor' is a 5 star read for patients & those that love them."
-Liz Terek, Book Reviewer

"I Didn't Know Whether to Laugh or Cry"
-Teressa Morris

-R. Simons

"Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is absurdly hilarious for a book about a man's battle to save his life."

"This book had me hooked from the first page"
-Carol Fleisher

"A totally outstanding book that I highly recommend to all."
-Susan Peck, "My Cozie Corner"

"A beautifully written story"

"absurdly hilarious for a book about a man’s battle to save his life."
-Ashley L.

"This was the first memoir I have ever read, and I couldn't have picked a better one to start with."
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