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Crossings - Jon Kerstetter - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 3:00pm</span>

Crossings

11/04/2017 - 3:00pm

Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302

As a child living on an Indian reservation, Jon Kerstetter knew the meaning of boundaries. Driven by a desire to break free of society’s expectations, he pushed to graduate from college and earn advance degrees in business and, at the age of thirty-seven, medicine. Those were just the first among the many improbable and dramatic transitions Kerstetter has made in his life. In Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story, he writes beautifully and thoughtfully about his exceptional life of transformations: from civilian to doctor to soldier, trained to heal yet trained to kill, and having to prioritize both roles in war, sometimes in the span of minutes; from doctor and soldier to stroke victim; and, eventually, from stroke patient to writer.

 

At the peak of his military and medical career, Kerstetter had a stroke; within hours, his life as a soldier and physician was over. Left with serious cognitive and physical disabilities compounded by PTSD and excruciating pain, he began his painstaking, years-long recovery efforts, the intimate details of which he shares in Crossings. At a loss to come up with vocational rehab appropriate for Kerstetter’s background, his neuropsychologist suggested he try an experimental therapy: writing about his medical and war experiences as a way to help him order his thinking, reform vital brain connections, and, ultimately, heal.  

 

Jon Kerstetter

About Presenter Jon Kerstetter

 

Jon Kerstetter received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He served as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the U.S. Army and completed three combat tours in Iraq. His writing has appeared in The Best American EssaysRiver Teeth, and other literary journals.

RECENT BOOK:

Crossings: A Doctor-Soldiers Story


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