No Turning Back

(This essay first published in Oh Comely magazine) She found me in Arizona—the dog I always knew I’d someday have. I’d been traveling cross-c

I never intended to write a memoir. So, here’s how that happened…

(This essay first published in Good News magazine, May 2015, to honor and promote celiac disease awareness month.) I’m sitting in the cafeteria a

Mush: from sled dogs to celiac, the scenic detour of my life

"Mush is a heartfelt story of dogs, dirt roads and dreams—of health, hope and home." ~Donna Talarico, Founder & Publisher, Hippocampus Magazine

Mush

(Title essay from my memoir, originally published in The MacGuffin) Four months after moving in to the run-down mobile home, I still hadn’t g

Cat-Face

This essay/memoir excerpt first appeared in Pithead Chapel. ~ My boss admitted she’d hired me for my personality. Past events had inspired her to

My Rare Disease

In honor of celiac disease awareness month and in an effort to do my part in helping to raise awareness, I posted "My Rare Disease," the story of my c

My Rare Disease Part 10: A Note on Celiac Disease

Back to Part 9: Diagnosis ~ It has been nine years since my diagnosis, and I am still learning. I am sure I will never stop. I consider myself luck

My Rare Disease Part 9: Diagnosis

Back to Part 8: Rare Disease ~ Human powers of denial surpass those of reason by what seems like an exponential degree. And maybe it wasn’t surpr

My Rare Disease Part 8: Rare Disease

Back to Part 7: Tests ~ Around day seven they started doing different tests to explore the possibility that it might not be the stomach virus that

My Rare Disease Part 7: Tests

Back to Part 6: Pride ~ At night, the nurses took blood samples to monitor my condition. They came in every couple of hours, beginning at 11:00 p.m