I write essays and reported journeys
Essay writing asks you to ponder the intimacy of your experience versus universality. I write them because as the lovely Mr. Fred Rogers pointed out, “Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”
Here are a few favorites crossing essay and reportage. The rest can be found here.
please don't call me pretty, I'm just sick and skinny
When illness causes weight loss or gain, reactions can come in the worst possible way. (Personal story on illness + body image issues with interview and survey.)
my friend, the parrot
A parrot lives in my neighborhood. I often hear it from where I lie in bed, resting and staring idly at the shadows outside my window, sick. Which of us is lonelier?
how i learned to date with a chronic illness
It's hard to be available when your body can change its mind at any time. (This 2016 essay still has readers reaching out to me today.)
Giving Myself A Future By Being Present
It took 365 days, but when I reset my habits, I rediscovered a whole new world of healing and happiness.
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BRAIN AND BODY WHEN YOU QUIT SUGAR FOR 30 DAYS?
A neuroscientist, a doctor, and a sugar journalist help explain why things didn’t come out quite as I’d planned.
i can't have children - but I don't want to anyway
I could blame it on my medical issues, but the truth is that I never wanted children. Or did I just find out too young that I should have them?