Jenna Mahanay

Nurse in Portland, Oregon

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I have 15 years working in healthcare, and hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Linfield College, McMinnville, OR.

On my 11th birthday my pink Crayola marker hit the first page of my diary. Ever since, writing has been my favorite medium for self-expression, self-exploration and self-loathing.

It's been 9 years since I've written anything aside from birthday cards, baby books and to-do lists. And so I begin writing a memoir about the year I broke free from all I had ever known...

In the summer of 1999 at age 22, I walked away from my hometown with a single suitcase, and a heart swollen with anxiety and naiveté. I embarked on a journey that led to Africa and back. My memoir-in-progress is a story about facing fear, finding yourself and coming to terms with the world's injustices.

  • Work
    • Humana People to People
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing