It’s Finally Here!


I did a big thing, well I really did two things: I cut off my thumb, and I wrote a book about it. 

Whoops, I Cut My Thumb Off!:
I Fought the Saw and the Saw Won

By Karissa Block


I thought I was tough. I saw myself as the girl who could move on quickly from setbacks. But after all I had been through, I hadn’t even scratched the surface. On the day I cut my thumb off with a bandsaw–doing the work I thought I was destined to do–my life changed forever. 


Karissa Block

My life path has been weird. Exciting and dark. Scary and surprising … but mostly weird. I’m alright with it now—happy even—but it wasn’t always that way. 


My story began when I was working as a butcher at an Ohio farm, far away from my Nevada home. Literally in the time of a blink, my whole world changed. I cut off my thumb. 


I underwent reattachment surgery and therapy—physical and emotional. Back to healing. I started writing and it became crystal clear that the Karissa who cut off her own thumb had been living as a wounded version of herself. 


So here I am, continuing to explore life beyond the damage, eager to connect with others who may feel defined by old wounds too.