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 playwright 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 at my old site beepea.com. I helped lots of people, but nothing could touch my mental illnesses. I became too sick to write. I became too sick to live. After two hospitalizations and two rounds of TMS, I began to heal and again I picked up the pen, but this time I threw myself into the world of stand-up comedy.
And it healed me. I needed to laugh and I needed to laugh a lot. I did stand-up comedy all over Southern California 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 Lyme-free 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.