Unwillable serves as a testimony of survival for a woman determined to pick up the pieces of her life after being ravaged by a devastating disease.

5-STAR REVIEW: UNWILLABLE by Jackie M. Stebbins

4The Description

Publication Date: December 22, 2022

When Jackie M. Stebbins had reached the pinnacle of success as a young trial lawyer, she desperately tried to hide her anxiety and depression. But her shaking hands, endless insomnia, and white noise in her ears told her it was true: she had burned herself out. After she pleaded to be committed to a psychiatric ward, her world went black. She awoke a month later to learn that she had a rare and debilitating brain illness that stole her career and nearly ended her life. The twists and turns of her journey to a diagnosis, recovery, and new life takes readers on an emotional and psychedelic rollercoaster ride. You will feel her terror and devastation and be moved by her will and hope. Unwillable makes you laugh, cry, and cheer for Jackie in this fast-paced story of a woman whose persistence burdened her, but also equipped her to survive.

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By age 34, Jackie Stebbins had checked off many accomplishments, including wife, mother, and successful lawyer. Always good at testing her personal boundaries, she found herself up against her greatest challenge.

Stebbins shares her story in Unwillable, opening the doors to a life completely upended by a foe she never could have imagined. In fact, she even spent time in a psychiatric ward and endured unimaginable suffering. It took the right medical professional getting the correct information to finally put Stebbins on the right path.

Aptly subtitled “A Journey to Reclaim My Brain,” the story details the events leading up to and following her diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis. The author shares her day-to-day experiences through journal excerpts and recreated conversations with family members.

Her emotions are raw as she struggles to get a diagnosis and then enters a recovery phase. While her message is one of hope, it brings to light her battle with insomnia and a brain that wasn’t functioning properly.

It also highlights her family and support network, including the medical community. To be at a pinnacle point in life and have it taken away is certainly challenging to read about.

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About The Author

Jackie M. Stebbins was living her dream as a nationally recognized family law, criminal defense, and civil litigator. But Stebbins’s career as a lawyer abruptly ended in May, 2018, when she was diagnosed with a rare brain illness, autoimmune encephalitis. Stebbins persevered to make a remarkable recovery and turned herself into an author and motivational speaker. Stebbins is the author of the JM Stebbins blog and host of the Brain Fever podcast. Stebbins’s side hustle includes raising three lovely children with her wonderful husband, Sean, in Bismarck, North Dakota, and in her leisure time she can be found reading, trying to be funny, and aqua jogging.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Amy – thank you so much! I am so humbled and honored by this beautiful review. Thanks for reading and sharing Unwillable!


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