Curandero is a compilation of true experiences interwoven into a fictitious story that traces one man’s harrowing journey into the realm of mind-body medicine and beyond.
Stefan Campeau is a high-flying journalist who appears to have it all. But a giant anvil called fate crashes down on the handsome writer, leaving him terminally ill, destitute, and unsightly. The best allopathic treatment available does not produce a cure, and a bitter, frustrated Stefan escapes up the coast to the scenic town of Acantilado del Mar to face his death.
He befriends Samantha, a beautiful woman who agrees to take his dog when the time comes. But to Stefan’s dismay, her next door neighbor turns out to be another doctor—mysterious, prescient oncologist Dr. Miguel Calderón, a.k.a. “The Curandero.”
The alternative doctor coaxes Stefan back into treatment, and the patient is forced to uncover one shattering truth after another about himself, including that he gave up on living long before he ever became ill.
But as Stefan slowly recaptures some glimmers of joy in being alive, his transformation begins to adversely affect others. Samantha finds that her picture-perfect life starts to crumble, and the methods of “The Curandero” come under increasing fire from people in the town.
Curandero is a story about embracing existence with all its pain and mystery and of the inherent value of every life—no matter how long or short.
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R. L. Mosz is the author of three indie novels and a book of short stories. Her preferred themes are healing, personal growth, and family relationships.
Her books include The Keeper (a social satire examining post-traumatic stress disorder), Roses in December (a family drama about falling in love with the wrong person), Curandero (an exploration of the mind-body connection in medicine and the power of personal change), and Connections (five short stories showcasing the topics of addiction, domestic strife, serious illness, and environmental destruction).
R. L. Mosz works with developmentally disabled individuals and resides in southeast Arizona. She enjoys the great outdoors and visiting state and national parks.