Illustrator, “Cracking Your Code” (p. 50)
Where do you draw inspiration from? I draw
my inspiration from the use of language in the
articles I illustrate — metaphors, symbolism, key
words, allegories. The dictionary and thesaurus
are my ultimate work tools in generating concepts for the art work.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
I feel very blessed to do the job I do for a living. I
don’t see it as challenging; it’s more like solving
an interesting puzzle, and I enjoy solving it.
Where has your work appeared before?
The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,
O, the Oprah Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine,
Scientific American and other popular science
publications, as well as various university presses
(Harvard, Stanford, etc.). For my full client list
Writer, “A Biting Problem” (p. 56)
What was the most surprising thing you learned while writing this story?
The most surprising thing I learned was how many people in Marin are
suffering from Lyme, even though our ticks have a low infection rate. It’s
definitely made me rethink how I prep before I go outdoors.
Have you had any Lyme disease scares? I had a bull’s-eye rash 22 years
ago, in 1994, right after my son was born. I had just gotten back from
a trip to Rhode Island, which is a high-Lyme area, and when I found
the rash, I asked my doctor to give me antibiotics right away. I didn’t
bother getting tested. I had two young children at the time and needed
to stay as healthy as possible.
Where has your work appeared before? My work has appeared
in The Ne w York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine and Vogue, among
Writer, “Full Circle” (p. 42)
What are some common misconceptions
about heart attacks? What surprises me is
how many people do not realize heart disease
is the No. 1 killer in the U. S., claiming one out
of four lives. For women that figure is worse:
one out of three. The symptoms are more
than chest pains.
What did you enjoy most about writing this
story? Setting it free in the hopes that it will
enlighten, inspire and help others find their
truth. Whether it’s your health or your biological past or both, it’s important to know what
makes you, you.
Any words of advice for someone in a similar
situation? Whatever prompts you to begin
your search, do not fear what you will find.
Knowing who you are and where you come
from is foundational, and your right. Treat
everyone along your journey with empathy,
as we are all human. Learn more