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Raised in Venice, California, Cherie longed to travel and experience the way other people lived. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia on a water sanitation and health education project, Cherie returned to the United States with an African souvenir she didn’t expect: a mysterious illness. She fell severely ill and almost died, leaving her with symptoms that went undiagnosed for many years. This inspired Cherie to write her memoir, A Few Minor Adjustments, taking the reader on a powerful-but-entertaining journey through her adventures and search for life-saving answers and a diagnosis.
A graduate of the University of Auckland, New Zealand with an M.A. in Medical and Cultural Anthropology with First Class Honors, Cherie also holds a B.A. in Communications from UCSD and a Certification in Scientific and Technical Writing.
A Few Minor Adjustments is both a 2017 San Diego Book Awards winner and a Bookvana Award winner. It was also featured in the San Diego Annual Memoir Showcase and was performed onstage at the Horton Grand Theater. Cherie’s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in publications and events such as: The San Diego Poetry Annual, The San Diego Writers Ink Anthology, Oceanside Literary Art Walk, Wild Lemon Project, Magee Park Poets Anthology, and in the Transform Your Life classes.
After traveling to more than forty countries, Cherie now lives in San Diego and has been celebrated for her holistic approach to healing, and her willingness to examine her life lessons in her writing.