In the fall of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma. I was 25. Following three procedures and a year of immunotherapy, my wayward mutations decided to leave me alone. Going on five years later, I'm fortunate enough to remain cancer-free. Since undergoing treatment, I've devoted my life to pursuing my dreams and the moments with the people who make me whole.
In other news, the "e" in my last name is not silent. I have a degree in East Asian Studies and a minor in Japanese from the Pennsylvania State University. When I was very young, I wanted to be a dinosaur. And if you were to ask me now, you'd find that I'm still a little sore about that not working out. But I've always had the unshakable urge to create. And I tell stories because it cleanses my spirit and nurtures my mind, and because I hope my readers will take something from them. You can usually find me in or around the Appalachian mountains and valleys of my home state, or pounding the pavement in NYC.
I keep a blog where I write about issues related to young adult cancer and cancer in general at Zen of Metastasis.