My Forthcoming Book!

Hello, friends!

I wrote my soul into this memoir, and I can’t believe it’s going to be born into this world. The big day is August 15, 2023.

After four kidney transplants, I’ve learned that uncertainty is a sure thing. Not just for me. We all must accept the unacceptable and figure out what it means to be human. That’s life. And that’s what this book is about.

My hope is this story will be a devoted companion to others who find themselves toggling between serious challenges and simple joys.

The first question people ask – what’s it about?

Here’s an overview…

At twenty-two, I was thrilled with my new job, charming boyfriend, and Seattle apartment. After I received a sudden and dire diagnosis, I soaked a hospital pillow with tears and grappled with words like “progressive” and “incurable.”

Unwillingly, I crossed over from wellness to illness, and found my survival hinged upon on the expertise of doctors, the generosity of strangers, and the benevolence of loved ones. But what kind of life would that be?

Four kidney transplants later, I’ve written a memoir of incurable hope. Spanning two+ decades, this family love story explores loss and acceptance, moving forward with uncertainty, and forging a path to joy. My story shines a bright light on people helping people in difficult times and will make you want to hug the humans you love.

Because sometimes, the sorrows that pull us apart unite us in hope.

Here’s an excerpt…

The haziness of my initial diagnosis mirrored the confusing intersection of time and place in my life. I was not a child, nor was I perfectly positioned within adulthood—I hung in life stage limbo—the space between reliance and independence. While forging my way into the post-college world, I hadn’t yet put the last puzzle piece into place. Now, the image of the puzzle had shifted into something else entirely.

Although I was far from my Seattle home, I had returned to a place where I knew I always fit. I was my parents’ daughter. It became clear my mom and dad would swiftly join forces with me, like my private National Guard, to engage in disaster response.

What’s next?: Proofreading. Cover, back page contents, finalize the title, and spine design. Publicity plans. Blurbs. Trailers? Playlists? A bit overwhelming but oh, so exciting. It’s a lot of work from now until August 15th, 2023, and I’m intending to enjoy every second of it!

What I Believe: You can’t be a realist if you don’t believe in miracles. None of us know what’s ahead, but if we seek joy—we will find it.

Send me an email if you’d like to be the first to know when it’s available! I have a pre-order list started, so if you’d like to be on it… send me an email and you’ll be all set.

Joyful regards,

Jennifer Cramer-Miller