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About Jenn

While pursuing my literary and professional goals, I managed a severe form of gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach) for six years, later complicated by full GI failure and a nonspecific autonomic failure of unknown etiology. In August of 2010, I … Continue reading

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Can It ALL Be Coincidence?

This week a very friendly and gracious reader commented on my blog, and made me think (again) that maybe there’s a single overarching systemic problem that explains the multiple disorders and syndromes and symptoms I have. Greg and I have … Continue reading

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Why I Need to Be a Better Blogger

My blog is not the most fascinating read for most people. For many, it is an all-too-detailed account of my health issues beginning in 2003. For others, it is an encouragement to keep plugging through the waves of chronic health … Continue reading

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Memories Borrowed From an Old Friend

[Disclaimer: this may be more information than you want, and repeats some things from other posts, but as I was writing it just kind of carried me along. My hope is that you will see just how much a reconnection … Continue reading

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A Little Less Of Me

Two weeks ago, on August 3rd, I finally had my rebellious stomach removed (total gastrectomy). While the recovery is harder and more frustrating and discouraging than I had expected (hoped), I’m finally beginning to feel like myself again, slowly but … Continue reading

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New Beginnings: A Lullaby

There’s something to be said for having a chance to rebuild oneself. In mid-November of 2007, I began having significant troubles with sleep–I’d come home from work, sleep, wake up to get ready for bed, sleep, and have difficulty staying … Continue reading

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Farewell

If the [physician] possess negative sagacity, and a nameless something more,—let us call it intuition; if he show no intrusive egotism, nor disagreeably prominent characteristics of his own; if he have the power, which must be born within him, to … Continue reading

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Birthdays and Other Milestones

This past Tuesday, I turned 35. 35 years old. To celebrate a new level of maturity, I got a significant haircut and style change—from a basic, boring bob to a short-cropped, tousled, highly textured look. The funny thing is that … Continue reading

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Retreats Are Not Feats

Last weekend I learned something about myself. I went on a Christian Women’s Retreat, eager for a weekend of reflection, connection, and spiritual renewal. I was geared up for some serious soul-searching, prepared for God to work on me and … Continue reading

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The Vacation

I am on vacation. For an entire week, my husband and I are away from home, away from work (well, mostly—if there’s Wi-fi available, we work a little bit), touring the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. As Seattleites, the Olympics are pretty … Continue reading

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