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Alyssa MacKenzie

Alyssa MacKenzie

Image: The face of a brown haired, freckled woman with oversized tortoise shell sunglasses. Though her lips are slightly parted she is not smiling — nor does she appear unhappy — as she stares directly into the camera lens.

Contact Alyssa: MakeLemonadeWithLupus at gmail.com

Alyssa is a (literally) hungry wordsmith who splits her time between her bed — doing arts and crafts when she should be reading or resting; her kitchen — where she follows in her Mama’s culinary footsteps, putting her mad scientist streak to good use developing new recipes and making astronomical messes in the process (sorry, Mama); and (on "good" days) her yoga mat, where she turns her body upside down to momentarily see the world right side up.  

She has an unconscious attraction to vintage and even kitsch, gently referring to herself as “Granny Chic” (which is no less true than when she’s needlepointing and watching Antiques Roadshow through wildly oversized eye glasses). Her soul is fed by public radio, music and travel, and sweet spells spent with family and friends both indoors and outside. She lives for the plans she looks forward to but tries not to wish or wile away the days in between spent bed-bound. She really just wants all of the people to feel good and hopes the presence of her words helps that happen.

You can find Alyssa at her websiteFacebookMake Lemonade With Lupus FacebookInstagram, and Twitter @LemonadeWLupus

Clips: 

Interviewed at ENDOTWINS

Interviewed at Health Stories Project

Chronicality, April 2016: 6 Ways to Feel Normal Without Sacrificing Self-Care

Alyssa is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent)

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