I’m a writer and editor for UW Medicine’s online magazine, Right as Rain. (View my author page.) I write health and wellness articles with a focus on mental health and patient stories, plus edit and proofread my colleagues’ work.
Previously, I wrote news releases and crafted pitches for UW Medicine as a communications coordinator on the media relations team. As a student at the University of Washington, I wrote and edited for the college newspaper, The Daily. The ethics and sense of responsibility I learned as a student journalist remain central to my approach as a writer.
I have had agoraphobia since I was a teenager, and I wrote about my experiences — plus interviewed a psychologist for some practical tips — to help those who are currently struggling with the fear of leaving home during the pandemic. I have also written about pandemic-induced anxiety, how to tell if symptoms are COVID-19 or a panic attack, and a deep dive piece on why popular anti-anxiety medications like Xanax may not be safe.
As a Game of Thrones fan who works in healthcare, I wanted to find a way to pay homage to the final season through my work. So I asked an emergency doctor at Harborview Medical Center — the only level I trauma and burn center in a four-state region — to weigh in on the survivability of some dramatic scenes from the show. Some of his answers may surprise you.
As someone with an anxiety disorder, I see how hard it can be for friends and family to know what to say—or how to help—when I’m panicking. I consulted a clinical psychologist for tips on how to show support for someone you care about who struggles with anxiety.
Anthony Hale was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 21 and endured aggressive treatment. Years after going into remission, he almost died after being stabbed in the neck by a stranger. But he didn’t give up. Instead, he started making music as a way to process everything that happened to him. I interviewed him about his near-death experiences and how he stays resilient.
Nicole Langley and Jayme Jahns grew up in the same town, but never knew each other—until Jayme needed a kidney transplant, posted on Facebook looking for a donor, and Nicole offered to go in for testing. Nicole ended up being a better match than Jahns’ own family members, and her act of kindness saved Jahns’ life.
Seattleites know the feeling: When it’s raining and windy and dreary, sometimes the last thing we want to do is venture outdoors, despite how beautiful this area is. I spoke with researchers who study the health benefits of nature and who make a convincing argument that even rainy days help boost our mental and physical wellbeing.