A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing

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.

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 "A Few Minor Adjustments is a mesmerizing and ultimately uplifting memoir about one woman's journey to healing."
              — Foreword Reviews

“A rich and complicated story, told on each page with clear dialogue and memorable anecdotes."
             — Kirkus Reviews

“Inspiring reading for any on their own paths to recovery and enlightenment, making A Few Minor Adjustments a 'must have' chronicle of perseverance highly recommended for anyone!”
             — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“What a story. I am so inspired by the author's courage, resilence, and ability to convey her darkest feelings without self-pity. Here's hoping her next book tells a happier tale.”
              —Daniel Asa Rose, author of Larry's Kidney

“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

“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

Forthcoming Books

The Healing 100

Cherie Kephart shares what she calls The Healing 100 – core healing modalities that delivered her from the precipice of death to truly living again. Through her search for life-saving answers, Cherie discovered that real healing is not just about healing the physical; it is about healing the body, mind, and spirit. Without fully restoring all three of these aspects of ourselves, we cannot completely heal, and it’s never about just one approach, technique, or remedy. Healing at a deep level, becoming whole, vibrant, and free of dis-ease, requires a lot of tools. The Healing 100 focuses on all aspects of healing, highlighting several different techniques designed to restore total well-being. Think of having a toolbox for your health filled with different tools to be used throughout your life, using various ones as needed, depending on our circumstances. The Healing 100 are Cherie’s essential tools, the ones she wouldn’t be alive or sane without.


The Symptoms 100

Cherie Kephart shares what she calls The Symptoms 100 – a guide to understanding and alleviating the 100 most common emotional, mental, and physical symptoms she experienced throughout many years suffering from an undiagnosed illness. Because Cherie didn’t have a clear diagnosis, no one could provide her with a straightforward path to heal. She learned to focus on managing her symptoms and heal in a completely different way. The Symptoms 100 includes the 100 most common symptoms Cherie has endured along with the accompanying techniques, remedies, foods, and tools that have contributed to her not only alleviating those symptoms, but further healing her body, mind, and spirit.


Poetry of Peace

Cherie Kephart's Poetry of Peace is a remarkable and eloquent ensemble of poems about ascension, taking you through four aspects of life: Seeing the World, Through Darkness, Into the Light, and With Peace. Cherie's masterful command of words, coupled with complex and captivating topics in every verse, draws us closer to the charms and challenges of the human spirit. Profound and universal, Cherie's poems are a gateway to understanding what it means to be fully alive.


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