Jennifer Crystal, MFA

Jennifer Crystal is a health writer, educator, and patient advocate in Boston. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Cognoscenti, and many other major publications. She runs the Writing to Heal Program at GrubStreet Creative Writing Center, and has taught at Middlebury College and Lesley University. Jennifer holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Emerson College. She has completed a summer of study at the Bread Loaf School of English, and the Workshop in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Her memoir, which explores questions of identity and belonging through the lens of a young person whose life has been involuntarily interrupted, is on submission.


Posts by Jennifer Crystal, MFA

Illness-related fatigue: More than just feeling tired

It’s normal to feel tired, especially during the pandemic, and most people are able to push through the feeling and deal with their daily tasks. But fatigue that is caused by a specific illness is different, and it’s important to recognize these differences so you can be properly diagnosed and treated.

Learning to live well with a persistent illness

Having a persistent illness is challenging. It means having to make changes and adjustments to accommodate your needs, but it does not have to mean giving up on everything you enjoy.