Celebrate the release of Nancy Jaekle’s autobiography on Sunday, September 22, 2 – 4 pm in the SPC café!
When people meet me and learn that I’m a journalist, they are always very curious. They want to know where I get my ideas, how I choose my topics, and most of all how I’m able to approach the public with my disability. After all, a journalist is a high profile profession.
Some people have a particulare stereotype especially when one has a speech impediment. They “assume” that the person is mentally deficient. However in my case they are surprised to learn that I am an award winning journalist, I have a masters degree, and I just published my autobiography ”Fitting In.”
In my book, I describe my childhood, my interactions with teachers, and my class mates. Back in 1960, when I went to school one either sank or swam. People were not as educated about Cerebral Palsy as they are today. I speak of my college years as very happy and very challenging. Choosing a career was my biggest bugaboo because I did not know where I would fit in.
Counselors encouraged me to steer away from careers involving communication because of my speech. However journalism chose me, and it was marvelous! I learned to overcome many of the challenges that I encountered. Later in life I was even able to help my mother recover from her stroke. I review all of this in my new book “Fitting In.” Please join me on Sunday September 22, between 2-4pm at the café as we celebrate the release of my book.
Hope to see you there.