When Life Gives You Lemons, make Lemonade
A Personal Inspiring Career Reinvention Story
Many years ago when I worked in corporate America, I worked with George Harlem at Motorola. Fast forward a few years and I ran into George at a health club in Newton. George introduced me to his daughter, Jenifer Gershman, who worked at the club. I instantly fell for Jenifer who has the most upbeat attitude and killer smile. We became friends and remain friends to this day.
Jenifer, who has a Masters of Social Work, reinvented herself at age 28 and became a personal trainer, working in local gyms and also offering private training sessions.
When Jenifer was 36 and her son was only four years old, she was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare, life-threatening disease. She underwent high-dose chemotherapy and two stem cell transplants in 2007 and 2008, followed by two hip replacements a few years later. Over lunch one day, she told me of her struggles to explain all of her health issues to her son as the only books available were about cancer or other conditions different from Jenifer’s illness.
The next thing I know, Jenifer has decided to reinvent herself again, post surgeries and chemo, and become a children’s book writer.
Jenifer Gershman’s new book, Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go? is a heartwarming story for all parents struggling to balance a serious health crisis while caring for small children. What makes this book special and sets it apart from others is that no particular disease or medical treatment is specified, so it can be a resource for any family facing this challenging time, regardless of diagnosis. The story shows the close and loving relationship between a little boy and his mommy. When Mommy gets sick, she talks openly with her son in language he can easily understand, and does so in a positive, upbeat way that is less frightening for him. Her little boy learns what to expect, and along the way, he and Mommy still have some fun!
Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go? is intended to support children who are coping with a seriously ill parent or family member, and is a useful tool in helping families prepare for this journey together. The story demonstrates how talking openly and honestly with children when a grown-up is sick can minimize fear, and enhance their understanding.
To purchase the book and support Jenifer’s cause, go directly to: www.tinyurl.com/buymommypower