Raised in Venice, CA a mile from the beach by my mother and step-dad, I’ve always considered myself a little hippie & a little hood. Growing up a half a mile from the Venice Boardwalk exposed me to a myriad of people – from artists to skaters & surfers to gang bangers. All of these things had an influence on me and my outlook on life.
At 21 I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a very aggressive cancer, given a 20% chance of survival and a month or so to live. I entered into a clinical trial within weeks. This also greatly affected my outlook on life.
At 34, I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. This is an issue with brain chemistry and is not just as simple as taking a pill. I hope to educate others and raise awareness about mental health issues through my stories. Thank you for reading my blog.