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Jennifer Starzec

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Jennifer (Jen) Starzec (born November 7th, 1997) is a 22-year-old college student who writes about her experiences with the rare neuroimmune disorder Transverse Myelitis, which paralyzed her at age 13. She has written three memoirs about her journey with this condition with co-author Sarah Todd Hammer, entitled "5k, Ballet, and a Spinal Cord Injury,” "Determination,” and “Up and Down.”

Jen lives in Illinois with her family and is a senior at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. She is pursuing speech-language pathology.

Check out her website: www.5kballet.com
Check out her blog: www.jensjournals.com
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Jennifer Starzec When an idea pops into your head, write it down ASAP, even if it's just a sentence or two in the notes on your phone. Inspiration often comes from the…moreWhen an idea pops into your head, write it down ASAP, even if it's just a sentence or two in the notes on your phone. Inspiration often comes from the most unlikely of places and most inopportune of times, but you should try to take it when it comes, because it's hard to force yourself to be inspired. I've written many blog posts, poems, and opening chapters at 4 in the morning, which isn't the most convenient time to write, but they often end up being some of my best work.
Also, just write. Write whatever comes to mind. Write what you enjoy. If you live your life believing that you can't write, or you're terrible at it, you'll never get anywhere. No one is born with eloquent words coming from their pen; everyone has to start somewhere, and you'll never improve yourself if you don't practice.(less)
Jennifer Starzec Recently, I've been working on a fiction novel (I haven't gotten very far so I can't yet reveal much about it), as well as little things for my blog. …moreRecently, I've been working on a fiction novel (I haven't gotten very far so I can't yet reveal much about it), as well as little things for my blog. Hopefully I'll have a lot of free time to work on them more this summer.(less)
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Up and Down (5k, Ballet, #3)

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​Before I got my current wheelchair, I had to rely on other people to push me around, since my arm weakness made it very difficult to push a manual chair on my own. So, naturally, I was very excited for it, because I knew how much comfort and independence it'd give me, seeing as the joystick attachment allowed me to operate it by myself all the time.

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“I often wished that more people understood the invisible side of things. Even the people who seemed to understand, didn't really.”
Jennifer Starzec, Determination

“People who don't see you every day have a hard time understanding how on some days--good days--you can run three miles, but can barely walk across the parking lot on other days,' [my mom] said quietly.”
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“Nothing worked. This blazing pain seemed only to be getting worse.”
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“Everyone has adventures in their lives. Some good ones, some bad ones.”
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“I was eight years old and scared, and had no idea what was going on”
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“I was scared...and did not know what was coming for me next.”
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“Nothing worked. This blazing pain seemed only to be getting worse.”
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“What if...the doctors couldn't find anything wrong? What if I was over-exaggerating the pain, weakness, and weird sensations?”
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