Ann Pietrangelo is a freelance writer and the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Soon after completing the manuscript about thriving in the face of MS, she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. If that was a test of her "living, laughing, and loving despite" philosophy, the philosophy won out. She's a realist prone to flights of fancy who believes in GIVING back, LIVING each day to the fullest, and DARING to make a change, even when it's uncomfortable. She's living, laughing, and loving with her husband in Williamsburg, Virginia.
What I Write and Where to Find It
You can find some of my articles 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! offers a glimpse into the mindset of a person diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. Other people with multiple sclerosis (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, is about my experiences with triple-negative breast cancer (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.
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 have a story to tell: I'm a reporter for Healthline News and 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.
If you need a source: I'm available for interviews about what it's like to live with MS or TNBC. I've also written articles about embracing middle age, which resulted in a delightful interview for HuffPost Live, and I'd certainly welcome similar opportunities.
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 and I'm probably the healthiest unhealthy person you'll ever meet. 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.