I’m a Michigan-based writer with a rich history in the field. My award-winning non-fiction book on cluster headaches is a best-seller in the headache genre, and my fiction work has been hailed as “exhilarating,” “ingenious,” and “alluring and evocative” by NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge judges. My writing career started early with my friends performing my first play in third grade, in which a doll thief demanded payment in Snickers bars. I have been a full-time writer in the medical marketing industry for eight years and have a diverse portfolio in fiction and freelance work, including Nature magazine and the INvisible Project. I am a regular contributor to Migraine.com.
I bought every book from Amazon that mentioned the words "cluster headaches" after I was diagnosed in 2014. I was sorely disappointed when they arrived because they only mentioned cluster headaches in one or two paragraphs or featured miscellaneous quotes that offered more confusion than clarity. I decided I couldn't be the only one searching for information on "suicide headaches" so I set out to write the book that I needed when I was diagnosed.
With the help of Clusterbusters, Inc., headache specialists, and more than 40 patients and their loved ones, the book debuted in 2017. Cluster Headaches: A Guide to Surviving One of the Most Painful Conditions Known to Man is a best-seller in the headache genre and has helped many "cluster heads" and medical professionals understand the impact of this disease.
Cluster headaches stole a lot from me in the beginning: my photography work, relationships, and freedom. I struggled to understand what was happening to me and how to get better until I started working on my cluster headache book. In my research, I stumbled upon a family of other "clusterheads" through Clusterbusters who helped me take back my life with effective treatments. That journey and transformation catapulted me into a new career path and toward the love of my life.
I'm fortunate that my career pays the bills and often helps people with their own illnesses when just ten years ago I wondered how I could possible survive the next episodic cycle, let alone have a family or career. My dream is for my fiction writing to take off so I can share heart-racing tales that help readers escape their reality and ails.