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Jenni Schaefer, Author, Inspirational Speaker

Women and Adversity: Jenni Schaefer, Author, Inspirational Speaker

“Life without Ed” is not the typical romance, and Ed is not the typical lover.

Jenni Schaefer, 39, ended her affair with Ed more than a decade ago when she and co-author Thom Rutledge wrote “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from her Eating Disorder and How you can Too.”  A 10th anniversary edition was published in 2013.

She went on to write “Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life” and with Jennifer J. Phillips, Ph.D., “Almost Anorexic: Is my (or my Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem?”

Schaefer’s Website declares that she is a role model and inspiration to others looking to overcome adversity and live more fully. Nearly every page of her Website has the slogan, “Dream big to Overcome.” The “Resources” page is directed to writers. She tells of getting an agent and getting her first book published. She offers helpful advice and encouragement.

Schaefer says, “I found happy and purposeful living the hard way—through experience and lots of falling down!”

She is the National Recovery Advocate of Eating Recovery Center’s Family Institute.

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Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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