I wrote my first poem at nine-years-old about my parent’s divorce. What started as a healing modality for me became an undeniable passion.
I’m an award-winning writer and hold an MA in Playwriting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduation and subsequent hospitalization and diagnosis of bipolar disorder and PTSD, I worked as a copywriter for many industries including health, beauty, retail, entertainment, and medical, but it wasn’t until I started blogging in 2011 when I was sick with postpartum OCD, psychosis and depression, that writing once again became a tool for healing for me.
I became a mental health blogger from 2012 – 2014 writing for WebMD, International Bipolar Foundation and my popular (now defunct) site beepea.com until I became too sick to write. I became too sick to live. After two more hospitalizations and several rounds of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, I began to heal and again I picked up the pen, but this time I threw myself into the world of standup comedy.
And it healed me. I needed to laugh and I needed to laugh a lot. I did standup from 2015 – 2018 until I got sick again, this time with Lyme disease and several co-infections. During my illness, I started speaking and writing again and, just like comedy, it helped me heal.
I’m now healthy and am back to living with my regular three, instead of six, chronic illnesses – PTSD, bipolar disorder type 1 and alcoholism/addiction – and have once again focused my writing on mental health and wellness.
But I promise to never stop laughing.
A piece I wrote was included in Chapter 4 of Politiken’s “200 Words” – a global collaboration about our shared experience living in the world during the pandemic.
I wrote “The Importance of Strong Toes” for the International Bipolar Foundation about struggling with postpartum mental illness.
“Understanding Relapse” was about relapse in response to the death of Whitney Houston and two of my good friends for the North Hollywood Patch.
I was invited to write a guest post “Why Me: Disease VS. Recovery” about reframing the victim/disease mentality for WEGO Health.
Criminal Lawyer invited me to write part 2 of a 4-part series featuring the unique stories of persons in recovery, “Living in Sobriety.”