Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis by Jen Powley

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Read Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis Online Free - Jen Powley was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at fifteen. By thirty-five, she had lost the use of her arms and legs.

Just Jen is a powerful memoir that tells the story of Powley's life at the time of her diagnosis, and the infinite, irrevocable ways it has changed since. Powley's writing pulls no punches. She is lively, bold and unapologetic, answering questions people are often afraid to ask about living with a progressive disease. And yet, these snapshots from Powley's life are not tinged with anger or despair. Just Jen is a powerful, uplifting and unforgettable work by an author who has laid her life -- and her body -- bare in order to survive.



Title : Just Jen: Thriving Through Multiple Sclerosis
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ISBN : 1552669238
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 0 pages


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James rated it ★★★☆☆

February 04, 2017

Working as an MRI technologist, I often scan patients to rule out MS or to track the progression of the disease in known MS sufferers. To date, I have never encountered someone as crippled by MS as Jen Powley is. Nevertheless, it is sad to see young men and women afflicted by it. Somehow, Ms Powl...


Jill rated it ★★★★★

May 23, 2017

Jen Powley was diagnosed with Mulitple Sclerosis at the age of 15. Now she is in her late 30s and has written a memoir about living with MS. Jen grew up in Alberta and later moved to Halifax, where she has earned multiple degrees. Despite the many challenges she has faced since her diagnosis, Jen...


Christine rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2017

Revealed through a series of vignette chapters, Just Jen is a memoir that doesn't shy away from the 'uncomfortable'/taboo topics that come hand in hand with a diagnosis of any sort of degenerative disease. It is written as a matter-of-fact recollection, and while she did early on in the book shar...


Jodi rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

My initial thought of the book was so-so. It look me a bit to get into the writing style - many small snippets of Jen's life. By the time I was 1/3 of the way through I was used to how it was written and quite enjoyed and appreciated it. I cannot fathom living as Jen does and was ashamed that I h...


Anita rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2017

I don't read a lot of memoires, or autobiographies but there was just something about this one that pulled me in. Jen has an amazing strength that I envy. You get a sense of it through the numerous vignettes of her life. It's frank, honest, and sometimes uncomfortable. I finished the book feeling...


Sharon rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2017

A tragic story, a remarkable woman. Inspiring and humbling. Jen is amazingly honest, and her plain-spoken, no-nonsense voice really makes the book. I am aware of her as a member of my community, as well as her mentors at the King's College creative non-fiction program. Kudos to them all.


Aleta rated it ★★★★☆

May 29, 2017

This isn't an artful book like Sherman Alexie or Wayson Choi, but the straightforward style and short chapters make it easy and addictive to read. Learning about Jen makes me sad sometimes but the honesty of this memoir makes her wonderful. She is a small woman but she contains multitudes.





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