Janet Frnzyan is an instructional coach at a public high school and has taught English for 10 years. She has a background in journalism where she has written, edited and published many articles at various lengths. She has a BA in English, an MA in Education and before she began teaching, she was the Managing Editor of a local newspaper. Counting Heartbeats is very near and dear to her heart, as it is the result of watching her vibrant and energetic father struggle to survive and ultimately succumb to ALS. Though fictional, Counting Heartbeats is a representation of the heartbreaking experiences she and her family went through from the very first diagnosis to her father’s ultimate demise.