About Me

I’m Jen, age 21, and from Illinois. I’m currently a college junior at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where I am studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with the goal of becoming a speech-language pathologist.

I have enjoyed writing my entire life. Ever since I first learned the alphabet, I’ve been writing and making up my own stories. English quickly became my favorite subject in school, and in third grade, I wrote and published my own picture book called Benny The Runt Banana. In seventh grade, I decided to try to write poetry, and although it was difficult, I immediately loved it. After being paralyzed by a neuroimmune disorder called Transverse Myelitis just before eighth grade, I was afraid that my years of writing were over. But I regained my left hand almost completely and taught myself to write with it, even though my right was originally my dominant hand. In July of 2013 I finished writing and publishing a book called 5k, Ballet, and a Spinal Cord Injury with my friend Sarah Todd Hammer, which is about our journeys with TM. This was followed by a sequel entitled Determination in August 2016, and then Up and Down in October 2018, the third and final book in our trilogy.

the first two books


Sarah Todd and I. (Credit: Danielle in Chicago for Flytographer)

Over the years, I have written many different stories and poems, and in 2013 I decided to create a blog to keep and showcase my best work. For the most part, it began as various little poems and a couple short stories, but eventually, I started writing more blog-type posts as well.

When I was younger (even when I first started this blog), I knew that I was two things: writer and runner. I’m still a writer, of course, but I can no longer run. However, I do have other hobbies as well, such as singing and swimming. I recently competed in adaptive swim at the National Junior Disability Championships in Fort Wayne, IN in July 2018. I am also pretty obsessed with musical theatre, my favorite shows being Les Miserables, Next to Normal, and Hamilton!

Writing is still one of my biggest passions, and I hope you enjoy my work (even the terrible stuff from when I was younger)!


(This blog originated on Weebly, but I moved everything here a couple years ago!)