Jennifer Cramer-Miller

Writer + Speaker + Author of

Incurable Optimist:

Living with Illness & Chronic Hope

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Hi, I'm Jennifer. Thanks for joining me! Through my writing and advocacy, I explore how individuals manage uncertainty, move forward with hope, and find joy.

My new book, Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope, is available now, wherever books are sold. Yay! I'm delighted Publishers Weekly provided a starred review, calling it ". . .a knockout memoir. . ." And Kirkus Reviews called it ". . .unfailingly entertaining. . ." I call it my heart and soul bound into a book. Thanks to an autoimmune kidney disease and four kidney transplants, I've learned that life is an uncertain mix of beauty and bummers.

Here's the main question—how do we let go of the life we've planned and accept the one we have? I hope Incurable Optimist inspires readers to deepen their compassion for themselves and others and marvel at the power of people helping people. We're ALL in this together. And sometimes, it's the sorrows that threaten to pull us apart that ultimately unite us in hope and love.

I serve as the board chair for the National Kidney Foundation (serving Minnesota), as an ambassador for Donate Life, and an advocate for donor awareness and education.

My work is featured in: Zibby Mag, Brevity Blog, The Sunlight Press, Star Tribune, Grown & Flown, Mamalode, The Erma Bombeck Blog, The Kindness Blog, and Minnesota Physician. I'm also a PEER Mentor for the National Kidney Foundation, an ambassador for Donate Life, and a wellness advocate (Joy Scouter) to support people who manage uncertainty.

Because we all have stories and I believe they matter.

  jennifer
WRITER & SPEAKER

Specializing in stories of hope.

 

MENTOR & JOY SCOUTER:

I mentor patients to help them carry on with uncertainty and find joy. My coping/hoping journey pairs with research-backed positive psychology tools. And as a self-proclaimed joy advocate, I try to spread it all around through my @joyscouter instagram page.

 

AUTHOR:

Incurable Optimist:
Living with Illness and Chronic Hope

Now available in print, e-book, and audio book formats! Wherever books are sold.

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Uncertainty

Uncertainty is a sure thing. That's why we must accept the unacceptable and embrace what it means to be human. I hope this story becomes a companion to all who toggle between life's good and bad. And a reminder to savor simple joys.

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Survival

At twenty-two, I felt full of promise. After a sudden diagnosis, I found myself soaking a hospital pillow with tears as I unwillingly crossed over from wellness to illness. My survival hinged upon doctors, kind strangers, and devoted loved ones. But what kind of life would that be?

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Chronic Hope

Spanning 2-1/2 decades, this family love story explores loss, acceptance, and surviving with hope. Shining a bright light on people helping people in difficult times, this story will inspire you to live fully, and hug the humans you love.

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“There are always flowers for those who choose to see them.”

-Henri Matisse-

"I  believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed."

- Mary Oliver -

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