The year I turned 49 was a turning point for me, as I started writing my health-related blog, Recipe Renovator. I wanted to share about the power of diet to heal chronic conditions—in my case a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. My blog helped me use skills I’d been honing for more than twenty years, plus others I hadn’t tapped since film & design school: making how-to videos, designing my website, rediscovering my love for photography, and writing for myself.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with a new health opportunity: migraine attacks with vertigo. It turns out that the "weather headaches" I'd had for thirty years were undiagnosed migraine attacks. It wasn't until I started having vertigo symptoms that I was properly diagnosed. That led me to take a deep dive into the migraine literature, reading every book available and heading to the medical library at UCSD to find research articles. More than 100 articles and three dozen books later, I began writing The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health (Surrey Books) to share what I learned. I became a certified health and wellness coach so I could work with people one on one to address their wellness goals, whether that's migraine or other health issues.
I live in San Diego with my husband and our Golden retriever Daisy, who is giving back by being part of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Health Study. I write and speak about what interests me: workplace wellness, migraine, how to change your diet for health reasons, healing through food, and mindfulness.