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This book is dedicated to the men and women, families, professionals and scientists who work so hard to extend life and ease the suffering of brain cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and other things that can and do rob a mind.
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Robbing Mind began as a running blog while Chuck underwent one, then a second brain surgery and treatment for a malignant tumor called GBM-Grade 4 (Glioblastoma Multiforme). The project became this book on the subject, Robbing Mind, How Attitude and Intention can help Prevent a Fate Worse than Death. A majority of the proceeds will be donated to help families facing and brain health challenges and research.
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In March of 2013, Chuck Collins began getting strange symptoms. Though similar to a possible stroke, they were not in line with commons stroke markers; there was no blurred vision or slurred speech, and though the sensations were on the left side and not on the right, it was not weakness. The best way he describes it is a disconnection and a better than slight numbness.
After several diagnoses and treatment options for hypertension, the symptoms did not stop. And while less severe, they began happening more frequently.
As it turns out, Chuck was one of the more than 195,000 American patients diagnosed with a brain tumor in an average year. His was roughly the size of three stacked Eisenhower Silver Dollars. Chuck underwent delicate neurosurgery. His story is one of facing awful possibilities and making a decision to find the best way to deal with a brain disease that could shorten his life, or leave him severely disabled.
Are you an optimist or a pessimist or somewhere in between? Also what is wrong with rich kids? Now there is a name: Fort Worth, Texas -- Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four people while driving drunk, has been sentenced to 10 years' probation after his defenders argued he was a victim of "affluenza" -- being raised by rich parents who set no limits. - Syracuse.com. Read more...
Today I mention and thank some special people who are making life easier. And an appology to Jordan Lynch. The New York Times quoted a tweet with a glaring poor choice of verb tense. It's a fortnight before Christmas and we're keeping it light and bright! Read more...
What is so tough about conjegating the verb to be? You hear it misused all the time, along with to go, "I should have went," "I should have did." I will not indict a group with this oversite, but there is one that if true, cannot be overlooked, that is a university junior and long-shot candidate for the Heisman Trophy, Jordan Lynch. To be fair, I searched his twitter feed and could not find the malfeasance. Here is the quote as reported in the New York Times:
"NYC here I come!! Thanks to the coaches teammates and media relation couldn't of did it wt out them!" the record-setting senior posted. Again, I could not find the quoe on Jordon's twitter feed. Read more...
Now available, my first Nonfiction story. It just might be the most important work I have, or ever will produce! Buy the Book TODAY! Remember 60% of proceeds to fund Families of Brain Health patients. More on that as sales warrent. Click on the book for the best place to buy.
60% of the proceeds will go to help families of those who have suffered stroke, brain cancer or traumatic brain injury.
A fate worse than death.
What would that be? Trapped in a broken body, unable to either express your thoughts or feelings, or process the world around you? For this 40-year veteran broadcaster and novelist that stark reality became a real possibility in a 4-month series of cascading events that eventually brought him to the hands of talented neurosurgeons and a delicate procedure that literally saved all that was Chuck Collins.
In these pages Chuck chronicles almost from the start the process and the choices made to take a very bad situation and turn it into the best possible scenario, not only for him and his family, but the hundreds of thousands who might find themselves in similar straits. It is not just for sufferers of brain tumors, but stroke victims and those with externally caused brain trauma.
This is for you, this is for us.
Sitting down and writing a full-feature mystery novel, or anything for the public, takes certain assumptions.
We are all storytellers in one way or another. But what makes this storyteller think this tale is worth your time?
The Radio Murders is a simple idea; a radio talk show about real-time murder, As It Happens with a deadly twist. How could such a thing exist? More importantly, how could it become an entertainment vehicle?
The latter is not so difficult to conceive. We have a bloodlust evident from the beginning. It took four short chapters of The Bible before we had our first murder mystery. It was predicated only by sex and betrayal. Sex has been regulated almost out of radio except in the most nuanced terms. Betrayal is a side dish at best.
So what’s left?
The Radio Murders: The Collectors vividly illustrates how greed, revenge and vanity deconstructs a suburban Chicago family, and draws a relative, a Chicago talk show host, into their deadly pursuits. As a result a home invasion and murder is actually aired, live during Bill "Crash" Kradich’s broadcast. The event is a ratings winner and sends some staff at radio station KCI on a mission to create and "own" the concept.
As part of the Janich family’s near demise, another group of men become involved. Known only as The Collectors, these men take greed to epic heights and will not stop until they acquire some very special items. The Radio Murders: The Collectors tells both stories as they move along parallel runaway courses only to collide in a stunning climax.