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Couples Provides Honest Account of Recovering from Brain Injuries; Kara Ellsworth and Chris Russo Release New Book


Dog Ear Publishing releases “But You Look So Normal…A True Story of Living with Brain Injuries, Beating the Odds, and Finding Love” by Kara and Chris Russo.

Speech therapy class provides an unlikely site for a match made in heaven, but that’s what happened when two people with brain injuries met and fell in love in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Life has a way of throwing out curveballs, and unexpected brain injuries definitely fall under that category. This new book tells the story of successful 20-somethings who were suddenly struck by different types of brain injuries. Kara had a massive stroke at age 27, and meningitis and encephalitis put Chris in a coma that left him paralyzed. During countless hours of therapy, they not only worked to regain control over their bodies but also developed an instant bond with each other, eventually marrying.

“But You Look So Normal…A True Story of Living with Brain Injuries, Beating the Odds, and Finding Love” relays their struggle to return to productive lives. Although physical signs of damage are obvious – especially when someone walks with a cane or needs a wheelchair – damage to brains can be hidden, with the victim appearing to be normal. On the inside, however, it’s anything but normal. A simple guide to dealing with people with brain injuries offers invaluable insights. The book shines a light through the darkness that can surround difficult recovery, aiming to inspire brain injury survivors and their friends, family members and caretakers.

Author Kara Ellsworth, a registered nurse, continues to help as many people as she can. Fellow author Chris Russo has a cobbler’s shop. They live in Sacramento. In their spare time, the couple watches movies, travels and maintains their small animal sanctuary, which has two rescue dogs, several fish, turtles and eels.


For additional information, please visit www.butyoulooksonormal.com.

But You Look So Normal…A True Story of Living with Brain Injuries, Beating the Odds, and Finding Love

Kara Ellsworth and Chris Russo

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2075-4                        88 pages                        $12.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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