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New Book Just Released:

Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind


June 2011 (Phoenix, Arizona) Just released book, Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind, gives us an in-depth look at glioblastoma (glioma), a fatal brain disease positively diagnosed this week in New York Mets Hall of Famer, Gary Carter.  Author, Catherine Graves delivered an ultimately inspiring account of a challenging and disturbing timeline into her life from the caretaker’s point of view, and she is receiving consistent 5-star reviews on as the best book for coping through this tragedy.


Available on,, and Kindle, and at a price of $16.95, Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind is showing us that there is life at the other side of immense grief.  Graves takes us on her personal and private journey to what she and her family experienced. When her husband starts to act out-of-character and increasingly disinterested, she suspects the worst—but while she needs confirmation of one sort, a different type of nightmare begins, becoming the toughest year of her and her two children’s lives – a dreadful year in which nothing for her family will ever be the same. Graves makes keeping it together possible by realizing that the poor choices and mistakes she makes has consequences and repercussions.


“This journey for Gary Carter and his family is just beginning.” says Graves, who is on the committee to raise money for Barrow’s Brain Tumor Research Center.  “There is hope for them and everyone experiencing this tragic disease, but it will be difficult road ahead.  For all the difficulties that lie ahead, there is always hope.  Basically, that’s all we have.”


Significant Points

  • When she suspects John, her 46 year-old husband of having affairs Catherine hires a private investigator to follow him.  He’s guilty of something, she’s convinced.
  • They seek counseling, and the counselor says that he’s in a deep depression and instructs them to go to Sierra Tucson for treatment.
  • There they discover that he has Glioma, a severe brain tumor.  (Ted Kennedy and Johnnie Cochran were also diagnosed with Glioma)
  • After he dies, she’s left with guilt, confusion and deep grief.
  • She emotionally abandons her family, makes terrible choices, loses her mind, and checks herself into treatment.
  • These days she’s taking full responsibility for the negative effect her thinking and actions had on her family, friends & herself.  
  • Blended throughout the book her children recount their memories with direct and honest interpretations.

About Checking Out

Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind by Catherine Graves; ISBN #978-1460914397; $16.95; Softback; 6’ x 9”; 184 pages; Available on, Kindle, and