June 27, 2019

This morning I had the honor and privilege of speaking to a group of high school students about my journey with epilepsy and what it has taught me about the concept of service, the vulnerability of asking for and receiving help, and the ways that this unique interactio...

April 2, 2018

I started seizure medicine a week ago. (If you’re wondering why, check out this post for the back story).

I have been resistant to seizure meds for the last twelve years since my first seizure—my seizures are infrequent enough (and in my sleep) that I don’t have to give...

March 12, 2018

If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you know that it often centers around sharing my personal experiences of health challenges and family addiction. I shared here that writing LIFELINE was a coping mechanism—helping me find hope and healing through creativity. I...

February 19, 2018

When I was 26 and newly pregnant with my second child, I made the decision to go back to school to earn my MA in English. When I told this to people, they had a variety of opinions about it (namely, “Are you out of your mind?”), but once Charlotte was born and school w...

February 12, 2018

Last week, I wrote about the concept of “radical empathy”—the idea of TRYING to “walk around in someone else’s skin” even when you know that true understanding might be impossible.

The treatment of those who struggle with active addiction calls for radical empathy, as o...

January 1, 2018

Hope has always been a challenging concept for me. Having loved someone who has struggled with addiction for over eight years, hope can feel like a perpetual carrot dangled in front of the nose—nothing but a series of unfulfilled promises. Hope, when attached to a spec...

December 11, 2017

On this snowy day, I'm lucky enough to sit down with my friend and fellow children's writer, Bernadette Ziemba, to talk about her new project, "AMHA Dolls Made with Love and Soul."

A: Bernadette, tell us a little bit about yourself and this awesome new project.

B: I'm a...

December 4, 2017

When people read a synopsis of LIFELINE, one of their first questions is often, “What inspired you to write this story?”

They mean a story about addiction, about heroin abuse and overdose, about the slow and painful process of recovery.

What’s true is that there are very...

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