Jen Coken’s second edition of When I Die Take My Panties

Ovarian cancer claims the lives of 14,000 American women and 140,000 women worldwide every year. Jen Coken, whose mother died from the disease, has a mission to end late-stage diagnosis by educating women about the signs and symptoms. “If I knew then what I know now, my mother might still be alive,” Coken said.

In When I Die Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest (Morgan James Publishing) Coken uses jokes she co-wrote with her late mother to bring awareness to the cancer that is often misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late. For example, as Coken’s mother’s disease progressed she looked like she was pregnant. Her mother used to rest snacks on her “belly” just like she did “when I was pregnant with you,” she told Jen “only then it was an ashtray and a martini!”

Coken can share:

  • How to find humor in the darkest topics.
  • New research shows that ovarian cancer starts in the fallopian tubes, giving hope to young women who get diagnosed and want to start a family later in life.
  • How to B.E.A.T ovarian cancer by learning its symptoms: persistent bloating, feeling full while eating less, abdominal or back pain and trouble with bowels and bladder.
  • How to get your doctor to listen.
  • Why every woman is at risk and Jewish women are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with it.

When I Die Take My Panties by Jen Coken (PRNewsfoto/Jen Coken)

Praise for When I Die, Take My Panties

“Coken’s debut memoir provides a close-up and, at times, funny view of dealing with the illness and death of her mother while her own life continued on. The relatable content and all-too-familiar story line make this an easy book to engage with….and Coken’s honesty is genuine.”— Publisher’s Weekly

About the author

Jen Coken is a life coach and stand-up comedian who has coached thousands of people for nearly 20 years to go beyond their self-made limitations and produce breakthrough results. She uses humor to help her clients transition through tough times to rediscover their joy, purpose and passion.