Every Book Starts With a Story

Team CMMD Then

When I was in 4th grade, I got a D in math. I felt like a failure. To me, math knowledge equated with smarts. And, naturally smarts equated with success. At 9 years old, I was doomed to a life without success. Three years later my seventh grade English teacher read one of my essays to the class. She cried a little at one part. At 12 years old, I knew I was destined to write a book. I spent my life thinking about this yet unwritten book until three decades later when I figured something out; wanting to write a book is NOT the same as having a story to tell. My story began on New … [Read more...]

The Day I Almost Died

When I was fourteen, I sat in the back of a school bus frantically trying to hide the fact that I was wearing the same cotton pantsuit for the third time that week. I felt as though everyone on that bus was laughing at me. I know now that they weren't but my perspective was a hot mess. I felt like an outsider, a failure, a giant loser. I was not pretty or funny. I was not talented in any way. I was "just" smart. I didn't want to be smart. I wanted to be pretty. I wanted to be funny. I wanted to play varsity anything. I wanted to have a different outfit for every day of the week. That day … [Read more...]

Philadelphia Magazine: Health Hero Challenge


Being nominated for Philadelphia Magazine's Health Hero is an honor of which I feel completely unworthy. Not only are my fears innumerable, they are at times pathologic and include an irrational fear of escalators (really.) So, I have decided to dedicate the 30 days leading up to #BWPhealthhero voting to TRUE heroes. Since we are in the midst of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I am asking you to nominate childhood cancer fighters. These kids are as bold and brave as they come. I will profile one child every day till voting opens. After discussing with our BOD, we have decided … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw Your Playlist Out With the Song: A Message for Life

My SLOWEST, yet Best Run in a Long Time.

I just got back from running four miles and I feel great. Don't roll your eyes. This is not another one of those annoying "look-how-awesome-I-am-because-I-run" posts. In fact, I had the absolute WORST run in recent memory. I was hot, hurting and so very painfully SLOW.a> So, how is it that I feel ON TOP OF THE WORLD right now? I made an important discovery in that agonizing four miles today and it has to do with my running songs. To really understand, I have to give you a back story. Two and a half years ago, my aunt was diagnosed with Stage III B Colon Cancer and was fighting for … [Read more...]

Open Letter to the Mom That “Ruined” Our Day

Dear Lady Whose Kid Crapped in the Pool: I have not laid eyes on you however I imagine you are young---maybe in your thirties? You are probably a bit tired and overwhelmed. I imagine you have planned for your vacation for several months--maybe even saved up to come here. You have little ones--perhaps two or three under three? You may even have one on the way. Pay attention. What I am about to say, I say with love and experience. No doubt, you saw the scowls on the faces of HUNDREDS of people as our community pool was shut down because your son or daughter left a "floatie." I am … [Read more...]