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A husband and father of three, Kurt Brindley is also a retired sailor who lives in Southern Pennsylvania in a house on top of a windy and rolling hill. He traveled much of the world while serving in the navy and, aye, he's got some stories to tell...
Kurt served twenty years and four days in the navy and "retired" as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He has an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in Human Relations.
In 1998, he took a hiatus from his regular duties as a navy telecommunications specialist to attend the U. S. military's Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. The institute is little known to most but is internationally renowned to those in the human relations field.
Upon graduation, Kurt was certified as a Navy Equal Opportunity Adviser and assigned the responsibilities of providing diversity management training and equal opportunity consultation and assistance to navy personnel throughout the navy's Western Pacific area of operations.
Much of this work focused on awareness and outreach seminars in an effort to mitigate the harassment and abuse that resulted from the confusion and resentment surrounding the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
Kurt's assignment as an EOA was one of the most challenging, and rewarding, assignments of his navy career, and it served as the impetus behind much of his early writing, including his novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR and his short story "Leave."
With the navy six years in his wake and a promising business career charted before him, Kurt was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia in Blast Crisis, triggered by the rare Philadelphia Chromosome abnormality, in November of 2009.
Blessed by a matched, unrelated donor, he received a bone marrow transplant in April of 2010. Unfortunately, as a nasty side-effect of the transplant, he was diagnosed with an aggressively fatal lung disease in November of the same year.
Kurt wasn't given much chance to survive the lung disease - but he did. It is from this grace-filled experience that he gratefully recounts the lessons he learned about life and how to go about living it in his newly released book HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps.
When not telling stories, reading, or attending to his young, wily, and rather large Plott Hounds Zeno & Aurelius...
Kurt often wanders down to the bottom of his hill to walk along the countryside's many rushing creeks and silent still ponds.
He likes it there down by the water...
How Not To Die
In 13 Easy Steps
Kurt Brindley was diagnosed with leukemia in November of 2009, received a bone marrow transplant in April of 2010, and, as a side-effect to the transplant, was diagnosed with an incurable, non-reversible, and highly fatal form of lung disease in November of that same year.
Medical statistics did not give him much of a chance to survive.
But he did.
He believes he was able to survive this incredible journey he has been on this past five years because he regarded it not as a journey of despair, but as a journey of hope, and as a journey of new opportunities.
And, while the journey has been filled with many overwhelming challenges and more than a little bit of pain, it has also been filled with many more rewarding experiences and life learning opportunities.
And learn about life, he did:
He learned many things, but he especially learned that love and happiness and kindness are all choices that can and must be made. And they must be made for each now for each successive moment one has left to live, however long it may be. For neither the past nor the future matter much when Death is hovering so closely by.
This journey Kurt has been on this past five years could have been one that led him toward the ultimate end, but instead, it has taken him toward a new understanding of life and of how to live it, which ultimately means he now understands...
How Not To Die.
- Publication Date:
- 1523417021 / 9781523417025
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.25" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational