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.
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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...
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...
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...
September 19, 2017
This is the ultimate book for changing the stigma of disability; to see a person for their ability not their disability. Jen is brutally honest,. She writes about the continual stream of adaptations she has had to make in order to have a "real" life, one where she makes her own decisions and det...
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...
January 11, 2018
This was okay, definitely one of the Canadian non-fiction books that I had been looking forward to and while I appreciate Jen's story, I really don't think that it's the norm when it comes to people with Multiple Sclerosis. Jen had a lot of opportunities and was able to do so much in the communit...
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...
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.
December 11, 2017
Jen is clever and honest, which makes her story a painful but hopeful page-turner. I learned so much about the struggle of MS and realized there were many aspects of humanity I had never examined.
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.