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Name:  Nadine Kenney Johnstone  

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Johnstone teaches English at Loyola University and received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her work has been featured in Chicago magazine, The Moth, PANK, and various anthologies, including The Magic of Memoir. She presents at writing conferences internationally and lives near Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

At twenty-two, Chicagoan Nadine Kenney Johnstone is thrilled to meet her future husband, Jamie, while vacationing in Florida. After a whirlwind, long-distance romance, Nadine leaves her friends, family, and city to join Jamie in suburban Massachusetts. Once married, they begin trying for a baby without knowing how hard that road will become. Of This Much I'm Sure: A Memoir is the story of Nadine's quest to become a mother and the healing power of hope.


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Of This Much I'm Sure: A Memoir
ISBN: 1631522108

She Writes Press. 2017

At twenty-two, Chicagoan Nadine Kenney is thrilled to meet her future husband, Jamie, while vacationing in Florida.

After a whirlwind, long-distance romance, Nadine leaves her friends, family, and city to join Jamie in suburban Massachusetts. Once married, they begin trying for a baby without

knowing how hard that road will become.




Nadine soon faces the little-known horrors of

IVF

when a procedure causes severe internal bleeding, and she wakes up from emergency surgery with a six-inch scar instead of a baby bump. In the difficult year that follows, anxiety and additional failed fertility treatments threaten her new marriage and her mental state. By some saving grace, she eventually becomes pregnant naturally, but the horrors are not over: her son is diagnosed with potentially terminal kidney complications. Ultimately,

Nadine learns that in an unpredictable life, the only thing she can be sure of is the healing power of hope.


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