Smorgasbord Special Feature – Understanding: An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events- Contributors Pamela Jessen, Lynda McKinney Lambert and Jaye Marie

Over the last two weeks I have been featuring the contributors to this anthology of true and significant events. Writers share intimate and life changing events in their lives with courage and honesty whilst inspiring others.

Compiled by author Stevie Turner – the proceeds from this anthology will be going to Cancer Research and it is a very worthy cause.

Here is the link to the previous post where you can also find the link to the first posts in the series: Contributors Part Four

About the anthology

The following authors and bloggers answered questions posed by Stevie Turner regarding significant life experiences they had undergone. These events include sexual abuse, a near death experience, alcoholism, being diagnosed with cancer, depression, losing weight, getting married, being a mother to many children, being the daughter of a narcissistic mother, and many more!

All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research:

You can buy the anthology for only 99c:

And on Amazon UK for 99p:

More of the contributors.

The next contributor is Pamela Jessen who suffered excrutiating pain from from a badly damaged hip. She shares her experience of undergoing a hip replacement and the process of recovery which it is essential to follow if you want a good outcome.  Very informative and useful for anyone who is about to undergo the same surgery.


About Pamela Jessen

My name is Pamela Jessen and I live in Langford, BC Canada, just outside of Victoria. I am happily married to my amazing husband Ray and we are the proud parents of 2 grown kids and have three wonderful grandsons. I write about Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Invisible Illness on my blog.

Additionally, I write for The Mighty, The UnChargeables, and various other independent publications. I’m always up for a Guest Post – if you’re interested in having me write for you, please contact me here.

Along with blogging and writing, I am an active volunteer with the Patient Voices Network in BC. Outside of PVN, I have also done volunteer work for Island Health as a Patient Partner, was a Patient Advisor on the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, and was a summer volunteer with the Downtown Victoria Business Association’s Busker Festival

You will find interviews that also very helpful for those who suffer from Chronic pain and its management such as this one:

The next contributor is author and poet Lynda McKinney Lambert who has a very thought provoking article to share. It is multi-faceted as it covers her own sudden blindness, the diagnosis of her daughter with both Ovarian and Kidney cancer, and the life-threatening condition following her surgery than resulted in her being in an induced coma. Lynda explores her faith and shares the vision that she saw above her daughter’s bed, despite being blind. She also shares another experience that can only be explained as supernatural several years previously following a motor cycle accident.

About Lynda Lambert

Lynda Lambert (b.1943) was born in Ellwood City,PA Her academic training is in Fine Arts and Literature. She was a professor of Fine Arts and Humanities until 2007 when her teaching career was cut short suddenly due to sight loss. Her art has been exhibited world wide since 1976.

Her first book _Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage_ is a collection of essays, poems, and drawings she did over a 10 year period while teaching in Salzburg, Austria

Lynda McKinney Lambert lost much of her sight in the fall of 2007, cue to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. She retired from teaching full-time a year later.

She writes and makes mixed-media fiber art full-time. She uses adaptive technologies for the blind to do her award-winning work. Lynda was determined to return to a creative life-style after her sudden sight loss. She went to live in a residency program for the blind for 3 months of intensive training. She attended the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services program in Pittsburgh, PA. in the spring of 2008.

Lynda enjoys daily walks with her husband and their 2 rescued dogs. They also have 2 cats and the couple care for a variety of feral cats that find food and a safe haven at their home. The couple have 5 great grandchildren, and 2 of them live just across the creek from their home.

You can find out more by visiting Lynda’s website:

Books by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 Lynda’s books:

And Amazon UK:

The next contributor is author Jaye Marie who like many of us who were long term smokers, gave up with a process that sometimes was not as easy as we might have thought. Jaye shares her 50 years of smoking history, and the climatic event which resulted in her finally giving up the dreaded weed. For those who still continue to smoke.. this might just change your mind!

Most people may know me as one-half of the writing partnership, Anita & Jaye Dawes, and I have come to writing quite late in life. I always used to think I didn’t have an ambitious bone in my body, content to potter about with my many craft hobbies. Always preferring to be in the background and invisible if at all possible.

And for the last ten years since my retirement, that’s what my life has been like. I love books and have read my way through stacks of them, so when my sister-in-law Anita needed someone to edit and type up her manuscripts, I was happy to help and that’s when I discovered my vocation.

Then one day everyone was talking about “Indie” or self-publishing. Now, I knew only too well how hard it was to be published the traditional way, so I became very excited at the prospect of being able to do it ourselves.

At first, I concentrated on publishing Anita’s books. It wasn’t quite as easy as they made it sound, but with my usual stubbornness I kept at it, learning more and more as I went along, and somewhere along the way I starting thinking about a story that had been nibbling away in the corner of my mind for months.

I tried to ignore it, but before too long, The Ninth Life demanded to be written and turned out to be a Mystery/Thriller. I am reasonably pleased with the outcome, basically to be honest, because my characters took charge and practically wrote it for me! They had quite a say with the sequel too, and I am proud of our achievements!

I also enjoy running a website/blog and all the wonderful people I continue to meet from all around the world. I learn something new every single day and it is much appreciated.

A selection of books by Jaye Marie

Read the reviews and and buy the books:

and Amazon UK:

Read more reviews and follow Jaye Marie on Goodreads:

Thank you for dropping in today and I will continue with these special features next week.

 I hope you will purchase a copy and contribute to a great cause… thanks Sally.


25 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Special Feature – Understanding: An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events- Contributors Pamela Jessen, Lynda McKinney Lambert and Jaye Marie

  1. What an amazing selection of people I am sharing this book with. How people cope with blindness always fascinates me. Now if I went blind tomorrow I would still have my mind’s eye and memories, I love listening to the radio and music… But how to cope with every day life let alone the Internet!

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  2. I was thrilled to be included in this anthology. Although I don’t think my story is that impressive in the greater scheme of things, it did happen at a crucial time in my life and probably contributed to saving my health, and my life…
    Thank you for sharing my contribution, Sally…

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  5. I am
    honored to be among the notable writers who have stories from personal experiences in this new book. Thank you Stevie and Sally for
    promoting this book to raise funds for Cancer Research. Cancer has hit me and my 3 siblings over the years. Our brother died from Colon cancer at the age of 59. My sister faced cancer surgery just 5 months ago and is doing well at this time. And, our other brother Tom is a survivor of prostate cancer. Me? I was attacked by Breast cancer in 1988 – and doing well since that time after treatment and surgery.

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