I was seventeen the year I graduated from high school, moved out on my own, and found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. Two out of three isn't so bad! In my book, Cures are For Pussies, A Comedian's Adventures with MS (and Other Incurable Diseases), I talk about growing up with a chronic illness and learning how to live well and keep laughing, because of MS, not despite it. After 25 years with MS, I am doing stand-up comedy, which is great because I shouldn't be able to stand up AT ALL. My story of self-healing is recommended for anyone who needs proof of the power of the mind!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wish! I was writing stories since I was a child and I would love to know what in the world I was writing about back then! The first story I remember writing is about a guy who meets the wrong woman and he has to start paying for his philandering ways. Truth be told, it's a revenge fantasy about a guy who cheated on me in university. He gets strange pains that he attributes to Voodoo.
Who are your favorite authors?
Chuck Palahniuk, Brett Easton Ellis, Pema Chodron, J. D. Salinger, Harper Lee
Corrie Burge was seventeen the year she graduated from high school, moved out on her own, and found out she has MS. Her response, "Well, two out of three isn't so bad!" Her story started out as an article about MS and gratitude, but it turned into a detailed account of how to live well and keep laughing, because of MS, not despite it. Corrie is a stand-up comedian and writer in Edmonton, Alberta.