Every year over half-a-million people can look forward to undergoing open heart surgery—and millions have already had the experience. Could you be next? I wasn’t fat, never smoked and always got plenty of exercise—yet, in a span of three decades I underwent not just one, but four separate open heart surgeries. Four. Unprecedented? They were to me.
Straight From My Heart is NOT "Chicken Soup For The Heart Surgery Patient's Soul" . . . and it's definitely not just another "woe is me that I got dealt a rotten hand but I survived and now I'm just happy to be alive and grateful for every moment." Those books have already been written. This one hasn't-until now.
Why would anybody want to read about my 4 heart surgeries?
Here's what I find kinda weird: among the most popular shows on TV are House, Grey's Anatomy, ER- all of which take place in a hospital, which is the LAST place anybody should want to visit! Nah, Bob; people watch these shows because their characters are interesting or sexy and they have great writers.
Well; good news! Straight From My Heart has all of those same ingredients. A charismatic leading man (me)! An improbable world-class plot/story (mine)! Ok, I'm having a little fun here, but, if you add a little intrigue, dysfunction, medical incompetence, sex, drugs & rock 'n roll, you start to get the picture. And, unlike most TV shows, my story actually IS real, and just as entertaining-maybe more so.
This book is NOT about open heart surgery!
It's about everything else that comes with it. And maybe just a little bit about heart surgery!
Here's a sneak peak . . .
“Are you nervous?”, asked Angi . . . “nah, not really . . . well, maybe just a little bit,” I lied.
6 a.m. June 17, 1994 . . . I had just changed into a standard issue hospital gown, you know, the one-size fits all that ties in the back and doesn’t quite close all the way.
I was starved and dying of thirst, but I couldn’t have anything to eat or drink—not even water to brush my teeth. A nurse came into the cubicle and handed me a pill, something to make me relax and drowsy, she said. How funny, I thought. They wake you up —just to give you a sleeping pill? Crazy. A few minutes later I was on a gurney being wheeled to pre-op.
The elevator door opened and out stepped my friend Robert, who had gotten up at one a.m. to drive to Seattle from Salem, Oregon. Little did we know that he’d be making the same trip more than once.
I had told the rest of my family and friends that there was no point in being there so early—besides, I’d taken them out to dinner the night before to enjoy what was to become a regular event known as “The Last Supper”. I said my goodbyes to Angi and Robert and was wheeled away.
The butterflies were starting to flap their wings and head down the runway. The anesthesiologist introduced himself and got to work.
This wasn’t really happening, I thought. But it was happening, after 15 long years, I was finally having my open . . . heart . . . surgery.
I was the only patient in pre-op. The room was chilly and I was shivering. Cold or nerves. Probably both.
The ceiling was covered with pictures of warm tropical beaches and brightly colored birds and plants. Here’s an idea, I remembered thinking—instead of pictures of warm beaches, why not just turn up the freakin’ heat?
As I started to drift, I felt a sharp pinch and sting in my wrist and heard the doctor say “missed it” . . . missed what? It sure felt like he’d hit something!
My mind was spinning—trying to ignore the needles that were being stuck in me, saying little prayers asking God for strength and courage, talking myself into that this was a gonna be a piece of cake . . .
The last thing I remembered was an extremely hairy dark-skinned man starting to shave my chest . . . and for some reason I thought that that was so funny . . .
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . . for you and me.
My Kickstarter campaign is crucial- those that know me will tell you that I'm a stickler for quality and always giving my best effort. To date I've been a one-man show; your backing will allow me to hire an editor, designer and consultant as well as cover hard costs: ISBN's, hard covers, color copies, etc. Simply put, I want to make my project the very best it can be. Plus, it'll be incredibly exciting and humbling to me for you to read my story.
Anything else? . . . YES!
My ultimate goal and passion is to share my experience and perhaps inspire, motivate and entertain others. Events, schools, groups, clubs-anywhere there are people! We all know how well sending out random emails and phoning strangers works-it doesn't. Having a published book will give me the credibility to have access to get in front of the decision makers. Your backing means everything. Your backing WILL make a difference.
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Didn't Rick Warren recently write about living a purpose-driven life? And didn't a zillion people buy and read it? Why? Because we all have that basic intrinsic need. Purpose. Of course his central focus was to live to please God. But we all still need to belong, to accomplish, create- to leave a legacy. Many travel to the corners of the earth (which is really hard to do since the earth is round) to find their purpose and meaning in life. I found mine, after 56 years, right here inside of me. I truly hope it gets out and whatever happens happens . . . the process of just writing about it was priceless - I highly recommend it. After all, we all have a story . . . right? WRITE!
Here are a few "reviews" . . .
I forwarded a PDF of Straight From My Heart to a handful of select and trusted friends, and, some complete strangers as well, on the condition that they be brutally honest and not blow smoke! Here's what they had to say.
“ . . . when reading your story my emotions ran from joy to relief, to sadness to awe . . .” —Kathy
“. . . you put it out there in honesty and truthfulness with all the pain, suffering, humor and insight that gives this writing substance.”
“Its a story of perseverance, always bouncing back . . .”
“You took a very serious subject, shed answers and light into it and added humor. Honestly, great job . . .” —Jeff
“I really enjoyed it as it was deadly serious but managed to leave us with a good feeling and as though you didn't let it all embitter you for more than three minutes . . . I'm going to go to the kitchen and cry over some tea. Thanks for sharing, as they say . . .” —Jenny
“Narcissistic and self-absorbed—yet highly entertaining and 98% accurate” —Dr. Block (my EX-cardiologist)
“The best thing you’ve ever done—not a crusade, but interesting”
“Very funny, humorous take on some serious, worrisome and painful stuff. —Dean
"I was truly honored to read your story. I loved it . . .This certainly is a eye opener about how horrible and painful open heart surgery is. I mean, we all know it’s bad, but your description takes it to a whole new level . . . I would be writing a book too if I had survived that . . . Wow! I really do love reading your writing. Even with talking about going thru pure hell, to put it lightly, you can still make it entertaining to read about, while still getting across the seriousness of the situation." —Jen
“It’s over? I want more! —Pat
“Riveting—I don’t know what to say . . .“ —Joey
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Risks and challenges
Ahhh...risks and challenges. Actually, that's an easy one . . . NONE!!!!!!!!!!
I spent 30 years creating and producing shows, videos and entrepreneurial ventures, and I've pretty much seen it all. Straight From My Heart is ready to go. It's been lived, written and now it needs to be printed and told. With the help of my Kickstarter backers, I will hire a professional designer to tweak my cover. An editor to fine tune the content. The risks and challenges, if any, will easily be dealt with. The wheels are not coming off of this project.
- (30 days)