About Me

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My name is Michelle. I got my undergrad and graduate degrees in sociology before moving from the Midwest to The Bay Area three years ago. I developed postherpetic neuralgia a year prior to that.  Per my initial post, I am exploring reviews of free books as pain relief (or, more accurately, as pain distraction).  I’m looking forward to people joining me along the way, whether we share a love of books or a commiseration in diagnosis.

On my good days I love: hiking, sun, biking, yoga, drawing, painting, comedy clubs, massages, books and chai lattes

On my bad pain days I love: sweatpants, the couch, the bed, Roku, awful television, books and chai lattes


3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kay Castaneda says:

    Hi Michelle,
    I saw your post on Goodreads and decided to check it out. I admire you for being open about your health condition. I agree with what you say that reading provides you with pain relief. I’ve learned that reading is something that provides people with so many benefits. I like your blog and will continue to read it.
    I have epilepsy that started about 4 years ago, now I am a bit worse. I have seizures throughout the day, so I’m not allowed to drive. I had to give up teaching English literature and composition last year. I read everyday and this helps to cope with my illness. Your book reviews are very good. There are numerous free books on the internet. Keep doing what you are doing!


    • Free (Read and) Write says:

      Hi Kay! I’m so glad you decided to check out the blog. One of my real hopes in starting this was to connect with others who were in a similar position. I’m so sorry to hear about your situation, and I appreciate you opening up to me by sending me your writing as well. Thanks for the comment, the book, and the inspiration! Appreciate it!


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