I Got Sick Then I Got Better by Jenny Allen
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Allen, who is married to cartoonist and writer Jules Feiffer and has two daughters and a stepdaughter, was diagnosed with endometrial and ovarian cancer in She underwent surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. I am a cancer survivor, too, and really wanted to hear her story. How did she cope with the diagnosis, the treatment, the clumsy attempts at sympathy from friends? In a recent phone conversation, the first thing Allen said to me was that she wanted to hear my story. Then she was off and running — alternatingly humorous and heartfelt as she recounted her experiences. As it turns out, Allen had gone to doctors for months with abdominal pain and bleeding before she was diagnosed.
Allen speaks with passion and precision. Jenny takes audiences on an hour long delightful humor tour, explaining why laughter is both universal even rats do it and personal, timeless and ephemeral. If you would like to book Jenny for this talk, please click here. Diagnosed with and treated for ovarian cancer in , writer and performer Jenny Allen The New Yorker, The New York Times tells her story of the harrowing tailspin she took following her diagnosis, combining biting humor with searing emotion in a witty, bittersweet monologue that limns the personal and family collateral damage a life-threatening illness brings. She is the author of a book of fables for grown-ups called The Long Chalkboard , illustrated by her husband, Jules Feiffer. She produces and performs stand-up comedy evenings in Manhattan, has appeared in Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell , and is a participating storyteller for The Moth. New York Theatre Workshop produced the show in , extending it three times.
But woe to people like Jenny Allen, who get trampled by zebras. A stand-up comedian and wife of cartoonist and writer Jules Feiffer, Allen enters through the lobby of the theater, greeting everyone as if seeing long-lost friends and relatives.
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When you are a writer and performer as talented as Jenny Allen and you get stopped in your tracks by ovarian cancer you have few choices. Instead, she has turned a terrible diagnosis into a warm, human story with humor., Dear Dee, I just read your blog, thanks to my daughter Halley, who sent it to me.
She is the author of a book of fables for grown-ups called The Long Chalkboard , illustrated by her husband, Jules Feiffer. New York Theatre Workshop produced the show in , extending it three times. I Got Sick Then I Got Better has been seen in theaters, hospitals, universities and at cancer conferences around the country. She has two children, Halley, an actress, and Julie, a high school student, as well as a stepdaughter, Kate. Jenny takes audiences on an hour long delightful humor tour, explaining why laughter is both universal even rats do it and personal, timeless and ephemeral.
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