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I was born asking why… which did not go over well in my strict traditional Mennonite family (almost Amish) where following the many rules (especially for a girl) was expected.

So I found a cute, progressive Mennonite boy and married him. Together we left the culture we grew up in and explored life outside the boxes of our childhoods. Making changes was freeing, but also conflicting at times. Buying a TV, jeans, jewelry and getting my hair cut were all new experiences for me.

In my mid 20s, I had three children and I soon realized I needed something to help me stay balanced. Running became the thing. Over the next decade I ran about a dozen half-marathons and one full marathon.

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Life was good until the day my world changed…

I now use my personal story of overcoming challenging odds as a catalyst to encourage others to do what they can, with what they have no matter what obstacles they face.

If you’re interested in having me speak at your next event, please visit the Speaking page where you can contact me directly.

Comments from others:

From a former COLLEGE PRESIDENT:It’s a tribute to the power of her story that when I opened Because I Can, I couldn’t put it down. I read it all the way through and then wanted to know more.”

From a BOOK CLUB PRESIDENT: Janet’s book is amazing, but there is nothing more impressive than meeting her and hearing her speak in person.”