Jul/Aug
2018

ROCHESTER WOMEN MAGAZINE: EMPOWERING WOMEN TO LIVE PASSIONATELY

Written by JORRIE JOHNSON, Photography By JENNIFER JONES
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YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE MIRACULOUS STORY ABOUT A LOCAL WOMAN NAMED JENNIFER JONES. IF NOT, WE’LL CATCH YOU UP: 11 YEARS AGO, AT 30 YEARS OLD, JONES WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS. IN JUNE 2017, SHE WAS ADDED TO THE LUNG TRANSPLANT WAITING LIST, AND BY MID-OCTOBER HER LUNG FUNCTION WAS JUST OVER 10 PERCENT. FORTUNATELY, JONES RECEIVED A DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT LATER THAT MONTH.

There’s no question, Jones’ transplant story would be worthy of featuring in Rochester Women magazine. However, Jones is passionate about photography and her fiancé and father helped set up a photography studio for her. Recently, we began talking about photos she could take for Rochester Women magazine. As a result, we scheduled a fun photo shoot for our writers and photographers at Silver Lake Park.

ROCHESTER WOMEN INSPIRES

We are celebrating 18 years of Rochester Women magazine in 2018. Planning our editorial content for the year, we considered how the magazine empowers women to live their hopes, dreams and passions.

Trish Amundson, one of our longtime writers, shares, “Every issue of Rochester Women magazine inspires me to learn new things, meet new people, go different places and discover new opportunities. The stories

of local women who are dedicated to making a difference in many different ways always energize me to do more—and put more into what I do.” Amundson introduced her friend Erin Pagel to writing for Rochester Women magazine about a year ago. “Rochester Women magazine has introduced me to phenomenal women doing amazing things in our community. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by their support and passion. I'm inspired to do more,” comments Pagel.

PUTTING PASSIONS INTO WORDS

Local doula Brittany Baker and therapist Allison Loftus were interviewed about supportive services offered to moms before, during and after birth(May/June 2017). This year, they each wrote articles for Rochester

Women magazine. Baker, Co-Owner of MedCity Doulas, wrote about the benefits of having an empowered birth experience (May/June 2018 issue). She says, “Seeing and reading stories of the women in my community inspires me to live out my story!” Loftus wrote about the universality of being a woman and mother “Help Wanted, Counselor: Africa, May/June 2018”. She shares, “Rochester Women magazine is an opportunity for me to engage in supportive narratives that connect me to the larger sense of Rochester’s community. No doubt (the magazine is) helpful when navigating the complex terrain of womanhood.”

Cindy Mennenga, writer and assistant editor of Rochester Women magazine shares, “I love living my passions: I get to—not have to—write and edit every single day, and I am beyond grateful that I have been afforded the opportunity to pursue my passions.”

LIVE YOUR PASSIONS

Jones’ Facebook page has a thought-provoking quote—even more meaningful in light of her double lung transplant: “Every breath I take is filled with hope.” We hope that Jones’ story has inspired you to live your dreams.

Send your stories of how Rochester Women magazine empowers or inspires you to live passionately to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

John Sievers (see A Tale of Two Sisters page 42) and Jorrie Johnson at Silver Lake Park. Sievers shared this picture on his Facebook page on May 29th, the 345th day of his Rochester t-shirt tribute. #rochestertshirttribute