February 1, 2021, Welcome!
What a crazy year this has been!
On March 1st, I signed a contract with Rea Frye and WriteWay, to finally outline and pitch my book, Don't Let The Kill You: 10 Rules for Navigating Chronic Illness. I had dreamt of writing this book since receiving my double lung transplant which saved my life from Cystic Fibrosis in 2010 (10 and a half years ago!). At that time, I had published a blog and a poetry book, and I had written articles here and there.
Approaching the ten year anniversary of my transplant, AND my 40th Birthday (which seems crazy), I was reminded that perhaps I had let my writing life get left behind when I returned to work in theatre and education. I was still journaling but I had become more private than I was before before transplant, when I felt called to publicly document my journey. So when I found Rea and WriteWay, through a fellow alumni from theatre school, Jessica Zweig of the SimplyBe Agency, I felt like I had found what I needed - inspiration! And deadlines.
On March 1st, I signed with Rea, and on March 15th, the universe shut down for the beginning of the this long strange strip of COVID-19. I finally had what I needed to write my book - TIME! It was as though the universe was offering me a strange opportunity in the middle of a confusing and sad international tragedy.
Later that spring, Rea and I pitched the book to literary agents, and I was picked up by Rachel Beck of Liza Dawson Associates who will start shopping my book soon. In the mean, I have had the absolute honor of revisiting my old blog audience, while cultivating a new one. I have learned so much about chronic illness, wellness and the varying paths we all take to becoming healthy, strong and happy.
I hope you will come with me on this journey and continue to read, watch and play along!
February 7, 2021 - Happy Valentine's Day! And, An Announcement!
You might not know this, but Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays! I love that it celebrates love in all its forms - romantic love of course, but also the love for our intimate friends, family members, and ourSELVES.
One of the ways I have been able to express love for myself is by dedicating the extra time during the pandemic to my health and wellness. When I started really writing my book, Don't Let Them Kill You: Ten Rules for Navigating Chronic Illness, I realized that I had learned so much in these forty years of cystic fibrosis and ten (and a HALF) years since my double lung transplant, but I wasn't always following my own advice.
If we can't dedicate time to our health NOW, then when?
I chose to turn inward to my own health practices, habits and beliefs. By focusing on what I BELIEVE, and following that with what I can DO, I was able to return to a path of physical and mental wellness that I had somewhat ignored in the busy pace of life.
This has led me to make a BIG announcement today:
I will now offer chronic illness / patient advocacy COACHING
What does that mean? What is a chronic illness coach? What is a patient advocate, anyway?!
I can help you make a plan to address your biggest challenges.
Coaching will be 100% virtual so it can take place anywhere, any time.
And - your first three sessions are FREE.
Do you want to learn more? Click below!
Thank you for coming with me on this journey!