[The official press release!]
Memoir is a humorous and candid look at life with inflammatory bowel disease
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jan. 6, 2014 – Author Kevin Gibson likens his experience having a barium enema to being filled with 10 gallons of concrete. Meanwhile, under sedation during a colonoscopy, he asks a nurse to marry him. And you probably shouldn’t ask what happened in that portable toilet back in 1991.
Gibson’s new book, “Crohn’s Disease: A Memoir From the Toilet” (ISBN 9781483547633), set for electronic release Jan. 20, tells a number of humorous stories from his 25-plus years living with Crohn’s, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
But the book also looks closely at the difficult weeks and months as doctors failed to correctly diagnose his condition, as well as a rollercoaster of a year trying to overcome the many Crohn’s-related complications that nearly killed him, followed by a quarter century of being a “Chronie.”
From hospital gown embarrassments to going on a first date while wearing a colostomy bag, Gibson takes the reader through a story that is at times hilarious and at other times heartbreaking. But the book also aims to offer hope to those more recently diagnosed. Gibson has lived with Crohn’s for 25 years, but hasn’t let it slow him down – he has published several books and is a busy free-lance writer who writes about food and beverage (ironic, no?). He also plays in a band in his spare time.
“For years, I would tell people about my experiences with Crohn’s, and they would say, ‘You should write a book,’” Gibson said. “So I finally did. I was in my 20s when I was diagnosed, so it breaks my heart to see young children going through what I went through, and worse. I hope the book will bring a few laughs and also some hope that life with Crohn’s can be a good life, in spite of the difficulties.”
The book is initially available as an e-book, priced at $3.99, available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more. Gibson is also author of “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” (2014, American Palate) and “The Liberation of Crystal Hill” (2011, Bearhead Publishing). More information on Gibson and his writing can be found at kevingibsonwriter.com.