The Short Version
Ann Pietrangelo is a freelance writer and the author of No More Secs! and Catch That Look. She lives with her husband in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The Longer Version
What I Can Do For You
If you have an online publication, I'll create informational pieces, heartfelt blog posts, or feature articles based on your particular needs. I know how to research, conduct insightful interviews, and produce captivating articles on a deadline. I actively promote my work via social media.
If you're working on a news story about MS, as a Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) Ambassador, I'll provide information about MSF programs and services. I'm also available for interviews or to speak to your group about what it's like to live with MS or triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). I've written articles about embracing middle age, which resulted in a delightfull interview for HuffPost Live — I'd certainly welcome similar opportunities.
If you want to read about what it's like to live with MS or cancer, my books provide intimate insights.
If you have a story to tell, I'm a regular contributor to Care2.com's Healthy Living section. I can't promote your products, but I can share inspirational stories and important health information. Pitch me.
What I Write and Where to Find It
You can find some of my work on sites like Healthline, Care2, The Health Journal, and Natural Choice Network, among others. If you want to delve a little deeper, check out my portfolio.
My first book, No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis, offers a glimpse into the mindset of a person diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. Other people with MS tell me that it mirrors their own experiences. Some used my book to explain MS to their friends and family. Feedback like this, "I laughed, I cried, I connected to you in a way I've connected with no one else. It was so nice to know I'm not alone," gives me an indescribable high.
The follow-up book, Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, is about my experiences with, well, TNBC, something I'd never heard of until my diagnosis. When a reader who was dealing with her own TNBC told me, "I'm passing the book on to my daughter when I finish it," I knew it was worth the effort.
Random Facts About Me
Lest you get the idea that I'm a medical mess who wallows in her health problems, you should know that I'm not the "why me?" type. Why not me? I'm not all about hearts and rainbows, either. I'm grateful and optimistic, but I'm also a realist. And I'm not in bad shape. I hold my own at the gym. Also:
My last name, Pietrangelo, is easier to pronounce if you ignore the "i." | I write for pleasure and I write for a living. It doesn't get much better than that. | One of my children is a professional wrestler. | I'm fairly addicted to freshly popped popcorn. | I'm a member of the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and I've got the hard hat to prove it. | I can say the alphabet backwards in 4.5 seconds. | The first performer I ever saw in concert was Elvis Presley. | I don't like vanilla. | I once worked on an assembly line in a Christmas ornament factory. Think Lucy in the chocolate factory. | I've also worked in a funeral home. | My husband's business background makes him one hell of a web developer. | We share the same loft office all day. Every day. And we couldn't be happier about that.
"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road."-Ann Pietrangelo
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