Hilarious’ author faced hardships, shares story


by Katie Anthony

Picture your life 20-25 years from now. Are you married? Healthy? Successful? Everything seems to be going your way, right?

Of course it does, who wants to picture reality 20-25 years from now. Who knows, people may have all of that.

Rhoda Janzen, author of “Mennonite In A Little Black Dress,” offers insight into how life could be.

Let’s start this story with this: Janzen has a full-fledged hysterectomy, where the doctor ends up slicing part of her bladder and she had to wear a pee bag.

Don’t be alarmed, though, the pee bag is gone.

Pee bag isn’t enough for you? How about this: Janzen’s husband of 15 years left her for a man, named Bob, whom he met on Gay.com. Shortly there after, she was in a car accident (hit by a teenage drunk driver) that left her with a plethora of broken bones and “Frankenbruises.”

After these three events, Janzen makes the decision to go home—back to her Mennonite community to heal.

This book is by no means a 256-page (hard-cover) pity party. This book is worth sitting down to read. Janzen had me laughing out loud so hard that I’m pretty sure my roommates were ready to commit me.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have my fair share of medical trauma (and drama). In short, it took doctors four years to figure out what was wrong with me, and it was a really long four years.

Because of that, I’ve become slightly cynical, overly sarcastic, and certainly have my own definition of humor and probably find things funny that I shouldn’t.

That being said, Janzen’s book is completely relatable. This woman has had more tragedy in a short period of time than most of us experience in a lifetime. And yet, she comes out smiling and with an attitude towards life that is admirable.

Janzen’s book ended up on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been praised by People magazine and Elizabeth Gilbert.

Simpson College is giving students an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Janzen tonight.

She’ll be on campus to do a reading and to give the Women in America Lecture at 7 p.m. in Lekberg Hall.

Get out of your room, off of your butts, and go meet this inspirational, hilarious woman. You won’t be disappointed.