The Summers family part 2: Jennifer Summers on fighting and advocating for rare disease diagnoses

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Jennifer Summers was familiar with fighting rare diseases before her own diagnosis with a rare disorder. As a mother, she and her husband Stan had already fought diligently for the diagnoses and care of their son Talan’s rare autoimmune illness. Then in 2017 after a decade of being a caretaker, a toothache snowballed into a dangerous condition that has left her on a 24-hour feeding tube, and the humbling experience of accepting care for herself. Amid this medical journey, she has not given up!  She continues to help fight Talan’s Fight, advocate for rare and undiagnosed conditions, push forward for better patient education and diagnostic experiences, and most importantly find ways to enjoy living in the moment. 

Even though we live in challenging times we can become Relentlessly Resilient as we lean on and learn from one another’s experiences. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are no strangers to overcoming adversity; Michelle lost her husband to cancer, while Jennie’s husband Major Brent Taylor was killed in the service of our country. Their stories bond them together and now listeners can join them weekly as they visit with others enduring challenges and who teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward.

Listen to the Relentlessly Resilient Podcast regularly on your favorite platform, at,, or on the KSL App. Join the Resilience conversation on Facebook at @RelentlesslyResilient and Instagram @RelentlesslyResilientPodcast. Produced by KellieAnn Halvorsen.

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