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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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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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The End of an Era

On June 21,1994, I made a conscious choice to love without boundaries. I’d thought it through, weighed the risks and benefits, and jumped in with both feet, knowing full well that the choice would almost certainly result in great pain … 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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