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Episode 127: Jennifer Cramer-Miller – Embracing Life with Chronic Hope

In this heartwarming episode, Kent Bresler sits down with Jennifer Cramer-Miller, author of “Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope.” Jennifer shares her profound journey as a fellow FSGS patient who has navigated the tumultuous waters of dialysis, multiple transplants, and the relentless pursuit of hope and joy amidst chronic illness.

Their conversation explores the emotional landscape of kidney disease, the power of acceptance, and the miracles that unfold when people show up for one another with acts of profound kindness. Jennifer’s story is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability and the beauty that emerges from life’s toughest challenges.

As they delve into the five parts of her book—failing, wishing, receiving, accepting, and unfailing—listeners are invited to reflect on their own journeys and the interconnectedness that binds us all in times of adversity. Jennifer’s resilience and optimism offer a beacon of light for those navigating similar paths, reminding us that even in the face of an incurable condition, one can live with ‘chronic hope.’

For those touched by Jennifer’s story or seeking support in their own kidney health journey, Kent encourages reaching out for the community and guidance. Tune in to this episode for an enriching conversation that affirms life’s capacity for joy, even amidst its most profound challenges.

Host: Kent Bresler
Producer: Jason Nunez

Remember to keep breathing, and don’t miss the next amazing episodes of Kent’s Kidney Stories!

“Incurable Optimist: Living with Illness and Chronic Hope” by Jennifer Cramer-Miller is available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats for those who prefer listening to reading. Visit to connect with her directly.