Ansonia man pens book that is not as serious as a heart attack
ANSONIA >> Having a heart attack is no laughing matter.
Just ask resident-turned-author Joe Mauro. But the 60-year-old managed to turn a terrifying trauma of living through his own health crisis into a new book, “I am Joe’s Heart Attack,” a lighthearted account written with humor and humility.
“Of course, all is not fun and games,” Mauro said. “As you will see, there are some sad moments in my life that I would love to forget, as well. But as they say, once you live through these things, you simply cannot un-live them.
“Some facts seem too wild to be true, but I swear they are. Some of the names may have been changed to protect the guilty. I am sure the medical community will not like much of what I say in the book, so I better remain healthy now, or else my next book just might be my obituary.”
Mauro will share his personal experience during the launch of a book signing, discussion tour, kicking off at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ansonia Public Library, 53 S. Cliff St., followed by an appearance July 30 at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison.
Mauro suffered a heart attack at just 43 years old back in 2000, and began putting pen to paper soon after.
He quickly discovered writing about the horrible thing he’d gone through proved to be quite therapeutic.
Thanks to constant encouragement from his father, who thought the book was both funny and educational, Mauro eventually took a shot at getting the book published, which recently happened through Page Publishing of New York.
The 96-page book is available at bookstores everywhere, as well as several online retailers, including Amazon.
Maruo said he wants to take readers on a journey in which they laugh through his whimsical and factual experiences and events leading up to, during, and post-heart attack recovery.
Yet he also hopes the book will show people that having a heart attack “is not the end of the world.”
With bachelor’s degrees in physical education and meteorology, Mauro believed he was the picture of health, until the day of the heart attack.
Now retired, Mauro was a meteorologist for 15 years for a major corporate aviation company in New York, enduring a daily 100-mile commute in heavy traffic, which he believes contributed to his illness.
“I don’t want people to fear the words ‘heart attack,’” Mauro said. “I have always exercised and been in some sort of good shape. ... It can affect anyone, this means even if you have the slightest whiff of a hint it may be a heart attack, get it checked out.”
After having an internal cardiac defibrillator implanted and taking a “barrage of pills” daily, Mauro said he works hard to live a healthy lifestyle and most importantly listens to his body to see whether it’s telling him something’s not quite right.
“I simply follow doctor’s orders and so far so good. I have made it to 60 now,” Mauro said.