Sunday Sweets With My Twitter Friend Jenn

It’s not Sunday anywhere until Saturday, so #Follow Friday, @JennWhinnem.  She needs a little boost of support, love, encouragement, and friendship today as she manages a medical condition she rarely speaks about and you’ll never know she has (until you do).

Yesterday, Jenn sent flowers, and they were purple to match.  She knew someone had a broken heart, and she focused not on herself and her convalescence, but on someone else she knew needed a hug. That’s the most amazing gift one can give – generosity to others, focusing outward, and sending love when she’s the one who should be on the receiving end.

Jenn is one of those special friends who will make you laugh, make you think, and make you marvel at the quality of writing she shares with us on occasion. She’s a regular guest author here, and she’s graced the likes of Shakirah’s, Mark’s, Jon’s (and who knows who else’s) houses, with really cool pieces.

Jenn now works at the Connecticut Health Foundation as the communications officer where she’s implementing vlogging, social media, blogging, and a bit of PR, if I’m not mistaken. I’m missing her on the Twittersphere as a result of her recent gig, but I’m so glad someone is benefiting from her many talents.

I’ve often asked Jenn for her opinion about Facebook strategy and building out pages; if she didn’t know the answer, she’d go find it and send me a link – immediately. She seems to be in the know about the latest applications and will share with anyone who asks so they know, too.

I’ve never seen Jenn not smiling. Perhaps today’s gift in kind, Jenn, will ensure your pearlies are visible to those around you.  One thing is for sure, you’ve managed to be the most selfless person I know – putting me in front of you during a time when you should be first.

29 comments
Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

I met Jenn here, Jayme: Your community is amazing, as are you.

Jenn, I'm sending positive energy and vibes your way, and wish you perfect health.  Jayme, you are a true friend in every sense of the word, to all those you touch.  If anyone ever doubted the pay-it-forward reality of social media, it's being demonstrated through your post, Jayme, and the support of your community.  Cheers!  Kaarina

Adam Toporek
Adam Toporek

I know #FF is all about learning about new people, but sometimes I enjoy them more when I already know the person. I like seeing people I know acknowledged. I've just begun getting to know Jenn through the all-powerful and indomitable PR Justice League tribe, and it has been an absolute pleasure.

@twitter-54546555:disqus  I hope you feel better soon, and congrats on your recognition here in the house of @soulati:disqus !

Gini Dietrich
Gini Dietrich

I'm kind of stuck on the fact that she wanted to be a Nancy Drew spy. HAHAHHAAH!

Laura Click
Laura Click

Jenn is absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for profiling her and giving her the recognition she deserves. I originally connected with her over at @markwschaefer:twitter  's blog and I'm so glad I did. We met at Social Slam this year and the rest is history. Jenn is bright, fun, positive and inherently kind. I'm certainly glad to call her a friend. Everyone would do well to connect with her and follow her shining example online.   

Ivonne Vazquez
Ivonne Vazquez

Hi, Jenn & Jayme!

Jenn, I didn't realize you were not feeling well! Lots and lots of hugs and good wishes, sweetie. I'll send you photos of my garden...my virtual way of sending flowers :) Lots of hugs and love.

Jayme, I'll send some virtual flowers your way, too, my friend.  Hugs and love.

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

Hey Bill, always happy to write a blog for a friend if I think I can contribute. It can take me awhile though...just ask @EricaAllison:disqus or @lisagerber:disqus who are still awaiting something from me. Having a full-time job can really get in the way of unpaid fun!

The CT Health Foundation is a privately endowed foundation that is, yes, nonprofit. We do not provide direct services; instead, we fund projects that we believe can make systemic changes to our priority areas of children's mental health, health policy, oral health, and racial and ethnic health disparities. Organizations looking to do such a project in Connecticut should get in touch with us!

Flowers have to be earned.

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

This is such a nice post Jayme, I don't know what to say! I only let all you all know about it because I knew if I disappeared for a few days "Mama" Jayme would worry!

The short version of the story is that would appear from a chest x-ray that I have some pneumonia (the CF kind, if you're curious I can explain but otherwise please just say 'oh okay'). I tried some oral antibiotics and then some steroids, but really felt no different. The good news is that pulmonary function test (PFT) numbers aren't terrible. So we decided to "kick the crap out of the crap" since I haven't had IV drugs in 4 years (which is great!). So yeah that means I'm going to do a couple weeks of IV drugs at home. The PICC line is in (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picc_line) and now I'm awaiting the visiting nurse so I can get started on meds. The end!

Soulati
Soulati

You always seem to be looking for trouble, and you find it very well. Heh. Now, about those flowers...you're supposed to send them, and if you were going to receive them then that would be pretty darn special. Have a grand, sweltering weekend. Thanks for stopping in.

T. Shakirah Dawud
T. Shakirah Dawud

I've been thinking of her all day, too! So nice to see so many others are. A special Sunday Sweets, indeed; thank you for putting her in the spotlight today, Jayme.

Erica Allison
Erica Allison

Love @jennwhinnem:twitter and thinking of her lots today! Beautiful, tearful post, Jayme! Well done.

davinabrewer
davinabrewer

"a bit of PR" - hee. Fantastic Follow Friday write up.. the kind that shows how well you've gotten to know someone, that all this 'social' networking really works. @jennwhinnem:disqus is very generous, always helpful to others with ideas and links, suggestions and tips, a pinch-hit guest post if needed. Just have to give a 'thank you' to you both. :-)

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

Thanks Kaarina, this is so nice of you. All energy and vibes and wishes are accepted!
Jayme is in fact a great friend, I'm blessed to have met her.

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

Thanks Adam, this is so nice of you! Glad to get to know you too through our tribe.

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

Aww shucks ma'am it isn't nothing. But thanks for the kind words. I dunno, I've always found it easier to just say "here's what's going on" rather than try to hide it. I mean I don't knock down the lady at the grocery store to tell her - but I mean at work, it's just easier to say, "I'm having a bad tummy day so if I make faces it has nothing to do with you" and just let the meeting go on. This has worked well for me throughout my adulthood!

Let's all remember too that Jayme got some flowers from me because she needs some love!

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

I would love to see your photos Ivonne! Those kind of flowers last forever!

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

I'm in trouble then, I usually have to buy flowers.............

Sean McGinnis
Sean McGinnis

Get over the nasties soon Jenn! We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers here in Chicago over the next couple weeks!

Laura Click
Laura Click

Wow, Jenn. Thanks for letting us know what you have to do to get back on track. I think it's great that you let folks know what's going on - that way we can all pray for you and encourage you back to health. 

Since my friend's child has CF, I'ev heard much of this terminology and the things CFers have to do. You seem to take it all in stride, which is absolutely AMAZING. You are quite a role model and I'm proud to call you a friend. Jayme is right - you really are a rockstar!

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

thanks lady! I'm okay, really! I just felt I should allay fears but looks like I am doing a crummy job.

Soulati
Soulati

Sweet you're here; thank you back.

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Our blessings multiply each time one person connects us to another..and another...blessed to be connected:)

Gini Dietrich
Gini Dietrich

I laughed so hard at that. I wanted to be the same. We're such book nerds.

Soulati
Soulati

Dude. I so did not need you to draw attention back to moi. It's all about you, now stay in the limelight. That. Is. All.

Jenn Whinnem
Jenn Whinnem

The best thing mom & dad can do is act like it's not a big deal - it's the one thing I give my parents tremendous credit for! "Did you nebulize? yes? okay go play outside!"

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