About the Author

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Laura Vrcek has an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and works as a brand journalist for Bay Area brands. Her poetry and nonfiction work have appeared in Apple Valley Review, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, Entropy Magazine, The Red Clay Review, and on Perspectives, a storytelling segment on KQED, NPR’s San Francisco affiliate. Her professional writing has appeared in a range of B2C and B2B blogs, Creative Digest, PRDaily, xoJane, HOWDesign, The Orange Dot, Parent.co, Huffington Post, and more.

She lives in Northern California and is writing a memoir about illness in the family, particularly the mental illnesses of family members and her belated father’s struggle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Upon sharing that she escaped her nuclear family’s illnesses somewhat unscathed, someone once told her: “It doesn’t matter. The family is a unit, and when one person suffers, so do the others.”

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