About the Book
AWARD-WINNING SEQUEL NOW AVAILABLE! A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Reinvention in a Broken System.
Silver Medal Winner of the 2016 Living Now Book Awards.
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Semi-Finalist, 2016 Kindle Book Awards.
There is a reason books that recount the regrets and advice of the dying strike so deep a chord: people who have nothing left to lose can tell their stories with a sincerity and unpretentiousness we crave but that is all too rare. In this gripping memoir, Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love, Christopher Pelloski relates his own downfall from a prominent physician-scientist in the field of radiation oncology in a similarly candid way.
Without fear of losing society's good opinion--having lost it already--Pelloski has the freedom to be sharply honest in his observations of himself and the world around him. To the question "Why would someone with so much going for him risk, and then lose, everything, by sinking so low?" he offers a gut-wrenching, soul-baring answer that dissects his decades-long downward spiral and examines it from perspectives that range from the historical to the molecular.
Pelloski chronicles the evolution of his devastating legal battle alongside his concurrent journey of recovery from childhood sexual abuse and PTSD. He shares with us the lessons he learned from these experiences in the hope they can serve as both a warning and an invitation: a warning to abuse survivors not to follow his dark path of silence, and an invitation to society to deal more openly with the multitude of painful issues that have shaped not only his life but also, tragically, the lives of so many others.
Those brave enough to set aside their prejudices and preconceptions will be richly rewarded and challenged by this work.
About the Author: CHRISTOPHER E. PELLOSKI earned his medical degree from the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 2001. He was accepted into the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program and eventually joined the faculty at the University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, one of the top cancer centers in the world. After his recruitment to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2010, he ran a full clinical practice, supervised his own basic-science research laboratory, and served as his department's Residency Program Director and as the Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology.
Pelloski is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and subsequently suffered throughout most of his life with undiagnosed and untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with Dissociative Features.
In the summer of 2013, his personal, public, and professional life came to a painful reckoning.
Author's Website: http: //cepbooks.com ______________________________________________ PRAISE FOR TRAUMA, SHAME, AND THE POWER OF LOVE
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"A remarkable contribution to the growing body of literature that brings to light the mounting casualties of our nation's current 'War on Sex Crimes.'"-Lisa Zilney, Ph.D., Montclair University author of "Reconsidering Sex Crimes: Prosecution or Persecution?"
"An inspiring story of a man's courageous journey through childhood sexual abuse, generational trauma, public humiliation and ultimately healing."-Michelle Risser, MSW-LISW
"'Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love' is a wake-up call that has been long overdue for physicians who suffer in an uncaring culture of silence."-Eugene Huang, M.D.
"...[It] was one of those "wow" books. This really is one of the most powerful books I have ever read; it is raw and it is harsh but it is real life and that never runs smoothly. Dr Pelloski has written a very open, honest and deeply revealing book..."-Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers' Favorite
"I admire the author for baring his soul to the world as it takes a lot of courage to come out in the open with something like this. The pain and the humiliation felt by the author is palpable throughout the book. The author's story will both depress and infuriate readers, but it is also a story of healing and redemption."-Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite