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August 25, 2010

As the daughter of famous country star Johnny Cash, singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash says she grew up expecting drama to come knocking at the family door every day. But she didn't expect it to bring news of a brain illness.

In her new book, Composed: A Memoir, Cash describes what it was like growing up around her superstar dad, her own successes as a singer-songwriter, and the trials of recovering from major brain surgery in 2007.

Cash's brain surgery corrected a diagnosed Stage 1 Chiari malformation People magazine reported at the time. According to the National Institutes of Health, Chaiari malformations are "structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance." Cash complained of headaches before being diagnosed. But it's obvious that her condition had no affect on her sharp sense of humor.

She recalls entering the New York hospital where she was having brain surgery--when a nurse asked Cash what she was in for, she replied, straight-faced "Liposuction." Only after the hospital staff member began "mentally running through the list of possible consequences of her misunderstanding: disciplinary board hearings, lawsuits, job loss ..." did Cash finally come out with the truth about the real procedure she was having.

Cash has shown she is still able to look on the positive side of things, and use her positivity to work through recovery. Her attitude is also relating well to other survivors--her memoir made The New York Times bestseller list at No. 20 this week.

Cash insists the book is not a tell-all--"it's just not in my nature to air grievances in public" she told The LA Times. Instead, Cash has created an inspiring true story of survival in the face of adversity.

Rosanne Cash's book, Composed: A Memoir is available from Amazon.com.
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