TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) -- The next fish Jennie Logsdon catches could kill her, but doctors are fishing the wrong water when they cast the warning her way.
''They told me I can live to be 70 if I don't pull in any 60-pound sturgeon,'' she said. ''But I told them when I hook a sturgeon I don't care. I won't quit fishing even to save my life. I can't think of a better way to go.''
Professional pianist, composer, artist, mother and daily baker of bread, Logsdon is most familiar to Oregon anglers on the North Coast as one of their own.
Not only is she one of the region's most ardent anglers -- ''I would fish every day if I could,'' she said (and sometimes does) -- but she also is the region's fishing guide on the Web, bringing a wealth of information to home computers via her fishing site, www.ifish.net.
That's where 1,500 to 2,000 visitors per day read from time to time in her daily journal about how she copes with Marfan syndrome, a rare degenerative disease afflicting Logsdon and the oldest of her two sons.
Her story mirrors the pluck of a famous direct ancestor, Tabitha Brown, one of the first woman survivors of the Oregon Trail and the founder in 1847 of what would become Pacific University in Forest Grove.
Marfan syndrome is a ''heritable disorder of the connective tissue that affects many organ systems, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels,'' according to the National Marfan Foundation.
The condition affects an estimated 200,000 people in the United States. Abraham Lincoln might have had Marfan, which was first described by a French doctor four years after Lincoln was assassinated.
Logsdon, 40, who sees through an artificial lens in one eye, is tall -- 5-foot-11 -- like most of those with Marfan syndrome. Her fingers and limbs are long and thin, joints are so loose her knuckles can contort in ways no typical finger would tolerate.
''I grew up in front of lines of student doctors,'' she said, recalling her childhood in Canby. ''There was always someone saying, 'Come look at this.'''
She takes medication to relieve symptoms and usually doesn't ''let it bother me,'' she said. ''There's a wonderful support group for Marfan syndrome, and modern medicine is amazing.''
Logsdon said she actually feels fortunate.
She was born with perfect pitch, the ability to immediately identify any musical note, and the only thing she loved as a child as much as fishing was playing the piano.
Until her two sons were born and her eyesight worsened to the point she couldn't drive at night, she maintained a 22-year career as a professional pianist.
As an accompanist for Nancy Olson-Chatalas, an opera singer who now heads the department of vocal studies at Marylhurst University, Logsdon played in 1986 for President Ronald Reagan at the annual presidential prayer breakfast.
At breaks during performances, Logsdon said Olson-Chatalas often announced, ''It's time for an intermission so Jennie can go fishing.''
Logsdon's father recognized her love of fishing from an early age and made sure she got to go.
''I couldn't keep up very well and got left out a lot,'' she said. ''My dad made sure I was included.
''Our family has always loved Diamond Lake; the fishing up there was fabulous,'' she said, recalling days before a minnow-like fish called the tui chub took over the popular Cascades lake. ''I used to play the piano in the lodge just for a place to stay.''
She was playing and teaching when her sons, Andrew, 12, and David, 11, were born. Although David doesn't have Marfan syndrome, Andrew was born blind because of it and received an artificial lens at the age of 8 that allowed him to see.
After her divorce, Logsdon moved to Astoria to teach piano. Three years ago, she bought a computer and logged onto the Internet. Life between sturgeon fishing trips immediately changed.
She studied computers as diligently as a composer organizes notes; her bookshelf has numerous reference books and she absorbs everything possible from the Internet.
Don Gach of Seaside, an Internet site provider, hired and trained Logsdon to design Web sites. He also set up the Web site she has been developing ever since.
Her primary income is now derived from designing Web sites for motels and businesses. She calls Gach her mentor.
''Something about her clicked,'' Gach said. ''I figured she'd be good at site design because she's a musician and she's creative. She's amazing.''
Logsdon's IFISH site links to others across the region, gives current water conditions on North Coast rivers, serves as host of a chat room every Wednesday evening, and has local advertising for guides, sporting goods outlets and places of interest.
She said in spite of the relatively high daily traffic, the Web site is mostly a labor of love; it generates only about $2,000 a year from advertising.
''I get about 50 e-mails a day, but there is no way I can answer them all,'' she said. ''It's one of the guilts that I have.''
Still, she said she isn't going to quit fishing, caring for her sons and fiance, Bill Hedlund, or teaching piano lessons just to spend more time on the computer.
''I started this as a love,'' she said. ''I think it needs to stay that way. Otherwise, I might wake up in the morning some day and not want to do it anymore.'' ------
On the Net:
Website for Jennie Logsdon: www.ifish.net
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