Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope


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$17.95  $16.69
She Writes Press
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5.51 X 8.43 X 1.1 inches | 0.97 pounds

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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.


"This book is an inspiration. Read it to find your own bravery and to salute the bravery of Jennifer Cramer-Miller."

-Delia Ephron, author of Left on Tenth: a Second Chance at Life

"Wonderful! I started crying so many times as I read . . . engaging, moving, funny."

--Kate Hopper, author of Ready for Air: A Journey through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

"...a knockout memoir on living with a life-threatening kidney disease.... openhearted.... There's plenty of wisdom in these pages."

--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Incurable Optimist reminds us of the incredible power of positivity, hope and never giving up. No matter what challenges one faces in life, readers of Incurable Optimist will be moved to find a path forward, no matter the odds, and embrace each and every day."

--Jessie Diggins, Olympic gold medalist and author of Brave Enough

". . . energetic, well-observed prose . . . Her account of her journey through illness and healing is unfailingly entertaining . . .A touchingly personal memoir of a young woman facing a grave illness."

--Kirkus Reviews

"If you ever want to read an inspirational book, and occasionally laugh out loud, I encourage you to read Jennifer Cramer-Miller's memoir. It is uplifting and gives new meaning to the word 'hope.'"

--Herta Feely, author of 2018 National Indie Excellence Award and 2016 New Apple Award winner of Saving Phoebe Murrow

"A raw, heartfelt, and transformational read for anyone needing levity in the face of adversity. I love how Jennifer's humor-laced resilience beautifully encourages the reader to always make room for joy and hope!"

--Julie Burton, author of The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother's Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being and owner of ModernWell

"This book! Omg! The triumph of this journey! ...a JOYOUS story..."

--Linda Sivertsen, author, co-author, and ghostwriter of eleven books including two NYT bestsellers, and host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast

"In this deftly crafted memoir, Jennifer Cramer-Miller takes us on her volatile journey of navigating a chronic, life-threatening disease. Generously infused with humor and hard-won wisdom, Incurable Optimist reminds us that hope--and human connection--can help us overcome insurmountable odds. An insightful, inspiring, and joy-filled read."

--Laura Whitfield, author of Untethered: Faith, Failure, and Finding Solid Ground

"Jennifer Cramer Miller's optimism is born of living with reality, with the operative word being living. Anyone dealing with disappointment, hopelessness, or fear will be inspired by Jennifer's infectious optimism."

--Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, author of three books including Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family, and podcast host of the Morning Glory Project

"Beyond inspiring--a page turner that reveals the resilience of the human spirit surrounded by unconditional love and support. Great read."

--Amy S. Peele, award-winning author of a medical murder mystery trilogy, Cut, Match, and Hold

"If you're looking for a wonderful, uplifting, and real look at what it's like to be living with illness, look no further. With a crystal-clear writing