Some would label Rob Plaskas as disabled and others may call him a victim. Truth be told, he is a survivor and a fighter. “My Fight For Recovery: A Story of Overcoming Life-threatening Brain Surgery” is his first-hand account of the tragedy and terror he experienced, who he was, and who he has become. Over time he learned to confront the circumstances and embraced his new reality. He found courage and strength to reinvent himself and how he charted his own path to succeed in his new life.

His memoir is about his recovery from a brain hemorrhage during brain surgery. It caused the equivalent of a major stroke, and left him with right-sided paralysis, unable to speak, write, read or comprehend what people said. It caused severe damage to his short-term memory and made him dependent on anti-seizure medicine. His recovery shows how some survivors of severe brain injuries can have a productive life if they work hard at their physical, speech, cognitive, and emotional therapies.

Book Events

Past Book Tour Events

Danenbergers Vineyards Book Signing Event, New Berlin, Illinois, June 5, 2021
Edwardsville Library Book Signing Event, Edwardsville, Illinois, October 2, 2021
L.A. Fitness Book Signing Event, Springfield, Illinois, October 7th, 2021
Gables Shopping Center Book Signing Event, Springfield, Illinois, October 9th, 2021
Prairie Fox Bookstore Book Signing Event, Ottawa, Illinois, October 16th, 2021
Rochester Fitness Center Book Signing Event, Rochester, Illinois, October 30th, 2021
Craft Show Book Signing Event, Civic Center, Blue Mound, Illinois, November 6th & 7th, 2021
Little Flower Elementary School Book Signing Event, Springfield, Illinois, November 13th, 2021
Springfield Flea Market Book Signing Event, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois, November 20th, 2021
White Oaks Mall Book Signing Event, Springfield, Illinois, November 26th – 28th, 2021
First Sunday Bazaar Book Signing Event, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois, December 5th, 2021
Winter Market Book Signing Event, Gateway Center, Collinsville, Illinois, December 18th, 2021
Spring Craft Show Book Signing Event, Convention Center, Mt. Zion, Illinois, March 4th & 5th, 2022
WECI Women’s Business Showcase Book Signing Event, Erin Pavilion, Springfield, Illinois, March 9th, 2022

Future Book Tour Events

Wm. Van’s Coffee Shop Book Signing Event, Springfield, Illinois, March 25th, 2022
Central Illinois Flea Market Book Signing Event, Peoria, Illinois, April 10th, 2022
Logan County Spring Pickers Market Book Signing Event, Logan County Fair, Lincoln, Illinois, April 23rd & 24th, 2022
Five Points Center Spring Craft Show Book Signing Event, Washington, Illinois, April 30th, 2022
FSMB Spring Fever Bazaar Book Signing Event, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois, May 1st, 2022
3rd Annual What Women Want Book Signing Event, Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington, Illinois, May 7th, 2022
Moonlight Market Vendors Book Signing Event, Springfield, Illinois, May 18th, 2022
Ladies Day Out Expo Book Signing Event, Odeum Expo Center, Villa Park, Illinois, May 21st & 22nd, 2022
Four Season Market & Vendor Show Book Singing Event, Belleville Fairgrounds, Belleville, Illinois, June 4th & 5th, 2022
Sunday Funday at the Mansion Book Signing Event, Bloomington, Illinois, June 12th, 2022
Prairefest Book Signing Event, Oswego, Illinois, June 18th, 2022


ABC News Channel 20, Springfield, IL
The Donna Seebo Show
Writers Corner Live Show “Author Stories” Show
USA Global TV Show
ReneMarie Stroke of Luck TV Show
Black and Right with John Anthony Show
Let’s Talk Stroke Show
Transform U! Live Media Broadcast Show
The Lisa Show on BYU Radio Show
Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other Show
Living Full Out Show
Holistic Living & Wellness Expert for Women Over 40 Show
Charles Moscowitz Podcast (iHeart) Show

Articles in Newspapers and Magazines

Brain Injury Survivor Forges on in Fight for Recovery – The State Journal-Register Newspaper Springfield, Illinois
Illinois State University Alumni Magazine Online Class Notes
Future University of Illinois Springfield Department of Human Services News
Future Waubonsee Community College Alumni News


Rob loves to hear from his readers. You can send him an email at rplaskas@yahoo.com. Rob values all emails and will respond as quickly as he can. Thank you for stopping by his website!