Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope

Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope

by Jennifer Cramer-Miller
Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope

Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope

by Jennifer Cramer-Miller

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Overview

2024 International Impact Book Awards Winner: Family and Medical
Book of Excellence Award Winner: Family
Publishers Weekly, starred review, PW Book of the Week, August 2023


At twenty-two, Jennifer Cramer-Miller was thrilled with her new job, charming boyfriend, and Seattle apartment. Then she received a devastating autoimmune diagnosis—and suddenly, rather than planning for a bright future, she found herself soaking a hospital pillow with tears and grappling with words like “progressive” and “incurable.”

That day, Cramer-Miller unwillingly crossed over from wellness to chronic illness—from thriving to kidney failure. Her chances of survival hinged upon the expertise of doctors, the generosity of strangers, and the benevolence of loved ones. But what kind of life would that be?

Spanning two-plus decades, this family love story explores loss and acceptance, moving forward with uncertainty, and forging a path to joy. Four kidney transplants later, Cramer-Miller is here to shine a bright light on people helping people in difficult times with a story that will make you want to hug the humans you love. Because sometimes it’s the sorrows that threaten to pull us apart that ultimately unite us in hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647425272
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/15/2023
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 628,449
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jennifer Cramer-Miller is a writer, speaker, wellness mentor, and gratitude advocate. Her work is featured in Brevity Blog, The Sunlight Press, Grown & Flown, Mamalode, The Erma Bombeck Blog, The Kindness Blog, The Star Tribune, and Minnesota Physician. She is the 2023-2026 Board Chair for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Serving Minnesota, and a contributing writer for the NKF Kidney Stories newsletter. She works as a wellness facilitator (named Joy Scouter) to help others manage uncertainty, move forward with hope, and find some joy. She lives in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her witty, lover-of-golf husband and her waggy, lover-of-treats pup.
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