A Few Minor Adjustments
A Memoir of Healing
by Cherie Kephart
Pub Date 07 Sep 2017
Cherie Kephart, a young woman who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. The persistent health challenges led to years of suffering, during which her symptoms time and again were undiagnosed by well-meaning medical doctors and healers who were sometimes competent, sometimes careless, sometimes absurd, and always baffled. The anguish, the uncertainty, and the relentless pain would have caused many people to simply give up and end their lives—and Cherie came close. Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that will move you with its fiercely inspirational account of one woman’s incredible journey to find life-saving answers. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.
A Note From the Publisher
A Few Minor Adjustments is a 2017 San Diego Book Awards winner. It was also featured in the San Diego Memoir Showcase and was performed onstage at the Horton Grand theater.
“Cherie Kephart manages the almost impossible: she writes about suffering without making you suffer. In fact, while A Few Minor Adjustments introduces you to the real meaning of pain—mysterious, intractable, relentless pain—the story of this journey is equally full of humor, beauty, and understanding. Read it and be changed.”
—Mark A. Clements, author of The Land of Nod
“With raw guts, wisdom, and a spirit as tenacious as they come, Cherie tells the story of her harrowing experience with an undiagnosed condition in a way that will keep you wanting to turn the page. Intelligent, tender, and triumphant, A Few Minor Adjustments is a must read.”
—Marni Freedman, editor, and award-winning author of Playing Mona Lisa and 7 Essential Writing Tools
“Cherie Kephart’s A Few Minor Adjustments is a sweeping adventure of one woman’s journey through illness, ambiguity, and finally to self-acceptance and love. Written with wit and generosity, this book will give hope to those on the journey through illness, and beyond.”
—Zhena Muzyka, author of Life by the Cup and Publisher, Enliven Books
“Never has a phrase, 'no tears for the writer, no tears for the reader,' apply less to a book than this one. Kephart holds nothing back in this heartbreakingly beautiful tale that will transport, transfix, and ultimately inspire even the most cynical of readers.”
—Alex Sheshunoff, author of A Beginner's Guide to Paradise
“A Few Minor Adjustments is everything you want in a book. I was drawn in from the first sentence and pulled quickly to the last beautiful sentence. It is magnificent, reflective, truly touching, and meaningful, with the welcomed relief of the perfect touch of humor condensing 20 years of life with the right amount of detail for one to grasp and feel part of her story….and it is a great story!”
—Dr. Melinda Nevins, D.O.
“Cherie brings a delicate balance of humor and brutal honesty to a tale that would be dark and grim in the hands of a lesser writer. That she is here to even tell her story is a miracle – that she has the talent and insight to tell it so brilliantly is a gift for us all.”
—Jeff Thurman, author and retired FBI Agent
“A powerful, gripping, and insightful story that keeps you engaged and wanting to read more. Reading someone else’s brutally honest struggle makes you thankful for what you have…and what you don’t have! Cherie Kephart is a living tribute to learning how to laugh at life and see the light and lesson in every dire situation.”
—Dr. Kevin Grold, Ph.D. in Psychology and CEO at www.edreferral.com
“Cherie’s treatment of such a difficult, personal topic is nothing short of lovely. It’s a story celebrating life. We all need that, even when we’re healthy.”
—Reina Menasche, social worker and author of Silent Bird and Twice Begun
“A powerful testimony to the strength of the human spirit and a humbling reminder of the limitations of modern medicine.”
—Dr. Renate Girard, M.D.
“After her excruciating ordeal, Cherie has re-opened her heart to write this vivid account of her courageous journey, leaving readers with an inspiring message and a sense of awe.”
—Peggy Lang, editor, ghostwriter, and co-author of the award winning novel, Assassin’s Game