CLEVELAND, Ohio — When Jeff Krehbiel left a stressful management position and moved to beautiful St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, he thought he’d found paradise.
He purchased a stick-shift truck, a sail boat, and found a pleasant little cottage to rent not far from the ocean. He quickly made friends and settled into an active, but peaceful life.
He also found employment, moving from hot, labor intensive jobs at the beginning, to air-conditioned managerial offices, working his way up the corporate ladder.
His life was all he could have asked for — at least that’s what he thought.
Then early one morning he awoke with severe pain in his right shoulder. Suddenly, he found himself on a journey that would test, repeatedly, his body and his mind.
Krehbiel has now authored “Immaculate Fracture: A Medical Odyssey.” It was published by Mayhaven Publishing, Mahomet.
The author grew up in Charleston. He graduated from Charleston High School, Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. He earned a degree in communication, while focusing on filmmaking.
He lived and worked in Texas, Kentucky and Ohio, but in 2001 he visited a friend on St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. The book covers island life, sailing, hurricanes and dealing with conditions called Dengue Fever and Parathyroid Disease.
While on vacation, he went sailing for the first time and embraced the slower pace of island living. The following year he moved to the island, where he eventually worked as the manager of buyer services for a mergers and acquisition firm.
For the next five years, his free time was spent golfing, hiking, biking swimming, and sailing. In 2007, he met his future wife when she was visiting St. Croix, shortly after his medical odyssey began.
In March 2011, the author married, and he moved to his wife’s Ohio home where he receives ongoing medical treatment and is rebuilding his life.
Immaculate Fracture is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and direct through Mayhaven Publishing.
“I wrote this book in-part to give readers a look at what happens when you ignore the fact you are sick, work harder and never take the time to think about the mental strain of a long drawn out medical issue,” said Krehbiel.
“I hope it helps someone else facing a similar situation. I also used the writing experience as a form of therapy to help work through lingering issues I had dealing with my illness. Six months after my right shoulder had broken for no apparent reason, I had surgery to repair my newly diagnosed parathyroid issue. Due to a lack of calcium in my blood my nervous system crashed one day after having surgery, causing me to pass out,” Krehbiel said.
The paperback book is 416 pages and covers 874 days living with a rare disease while living on an island.
Book reviewer Suellyn Lindsey Garner of Charleston, wrote in Sept. 2012, “Love and frustration, pain and endurance, stress and compassion, self-analysis and worry, fill the pages of this young man’s chronicle of struggling to live in paradise while often feeling like hell. The book is written so skillfully that the reader, filled with empathy, wants the situation to be resolved. As a result, it’s a real page-turner, a non-fiction book with tension that builds as dramatically as a mystery novel. The ultimate diagnosis is as stunning as his newfound path to good health.”
A retired teacher also reviewed the book:
“In his narrative the author vividly describes his long journey from pain and fear through frustration to the light of hope. With the support of his friends, family and his wife, Jeff bravely fought his way from treatment to treatment in his battle with a mysterious illness, which defied the skill and knowledge of doctor after doctor. This tale is intended to bring help and insight to those struggling with the physical unknown,” wrote Gail Bower of Charleston.
The book can be bought through Mayhaven Publishing at: P.O. Box 557 Mahomet, IL 61853.
Contact Mayhaven (toll-free): at 866-586-4493; or by fax at: 217-586-6330; or online: www.mayhavenpublishing.com; or by email: email@example.com.
Cost of each book is $26.95; add another $1.87 for Illinois tax per book, and $5 shipping and handling, $1 per book. Its ISBN is: 13 978-1932278804 ISBN 10 193227880X.