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“WHEN I DIE, TAKE MY PANTIES” CHRONICLES AUTHOR’S EXPERIENCE TURNING PERSONAL TRAGEDY INTO JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

In Humorous New Memoir, Washington DC’s Jen Coken Recounts How Mother’s Death From Ovarian Cancer Created Radical Shift in Life Perspective; Offers Lessons for Others in Difficult Times

Washington, DC—Washington, DC writer Jennifer Coken, a political activist, stand-up comic and life coach has penned a memoir chronicling her mother’s death from ovarian cancer, and the personal transformation that came out of her grief.

“When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments Into Your Greatest Gifts,” is a much needed wake-up call for women over 40 to start listening to their bodies and catch ovarian cancer early. But the book is more than just a cancer memoir; rather, it serves as a reminder of the transformation that comes from tragedy and what can be learned along the way. In the book, Coken takes the reader through a journey of discovering the gifts in their own life as they learn how to appreciate what is right in front of them. 

The book’s lessons draw on Jennifer’s experience leading transformational seminars for nearly two decades, giving people an opportunity to “own” their humanity and go beyond their self-made limitations. Coken also spent six years on the stand-up comedy circuit in Denver and uses humor to embrace the ridiculousness of life. 

“Jennifer Coken’s riveting memoir sheds light on an important issue that every woman needs to know about. Take the journey with her through the tragic death of her mother to ovarian cancer and possibly save a life in doing so,” said Dr. Caryn Silver, MD, Florida Cancer Specialists.

“For all those who have lived through their parents dying, this is a moving reminder of how important that period can be. For everyone, whether or not you have had that experience, it is a heart-warming testimony to the power and importance of love and living life to the fullest while we can,” said Heather Booth, Civil Rights activist and Author.

Jennifer spent 30 years as a political and legislative strategist running campaigns at the federal, state and local levels, and as a visionary entrepreneur starting non-profit organizations and raising millions of dollars. Jennifer has worked for the Public Interest Research Groups, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Congressional Hunger Center, the Western Clean Energy Campaign and an additional 40+ clients working on issue and electoral campaigns. She was one of the founders of Hands on DC and assisted with the creation of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington DC.  

 “When I Die, Take My Panties” is her first book. 


About the Author

  •  Author, Life Coach, Speaker, Voice Over Actor

  • 18 years as a Life Coach for one of the premiere personal growth and development companies coaching thousands of people

  • 6 years on stand-up comedy circuit in Denver, Colorado

  • 30 years as a political and legislative strategist running campaigns at the federal, state and local level

  • Visionary entrepreneur starting non-profit organizations and raising millions of dollars: Co-founder of Hands on DC, Southeast Tennis and Learning Center and Colorado’s Blue Flower Fund

  • When I Die, Take My Panties is Jennifer’s first book

  • Resides in Rockville, MD

Jennifer Coken

Jennifer Coken

Jennifer led transformational seminars for nearly two decades giving people an opportunity to “own” their humanity and go beyond their self-made limitations. She also spent six years on the stand up comedy circuit in Denver and uses humor to embrace the ridiculousness of life.  Currently she is a writer, a voice over talent and works for the 10th largest solar company in the country keeping fossil fuels out of our atmosphere

Jennifer has spent 30 years as a political and legislative strategist running campaigns at the federal, state and local levels, and as a visionary entrepreneur starting non-profit organizations and raising millions of dollars. Jennifer has worked for the Public Interest Research Groups, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Congressional Hunger Center, the Gore Lieberman Campaign, the Virginia Statehouse Caucus and an additional 40+ clients working on issue and electoral campaigns. She was one of the founders of Hands on DC and assisted with the creation of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington DC.

While living in Colorado, Jennifer co-founded of the Colorado Blue Flower Fund to elect progressive, pro-choice women to state and local offices; assisted the Colorado Speaker of the House and Majority Leader in expanding the majority in the Statehouse of Representatives; and was elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Denver County in 2007. As Chair, Jennifer appeared on MSNBC during the 2008 Presidential election. In 2010 Jennifer was a candidate for the Statehouse but lost in the state’s most contested primary election.