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About Mary

PWD: I had a seizure when I was in college. I was rushed to the ER. The doctors told me what they thought caused my seizure.... but they were wrong....

In grad school, it happened again. Other doctors told me my seizure was caused by something else....but they were wrong, too....

Despite these seizures, I earned my MFA in Acting. But as I pursued my acting career, the seizures kept coming. Finally, one night I had a Grand Mal seizure. Then another. Then another..... until I experienced 25 Grand Mal seizures. All in one night....

Finally, doctors this time got the diagnosis right: I had bubble-like lesions on my brain, called cavernous angiomas. I still have them today. They cause seizures, migraines and other neurological effects. I had 2 back-to-back bleeds that were so severe I became disabled and bedridden for 3 years while the blood reabsorbed. I couldn't drive, I couldn't have children, and I couldn't pursue my acting career for many years....

I now take 35 pills a day to treat my brain bubbles. One day my neurologist asked me for my phone number I couldn't remember it. She asked me for my address and I couldn't remember it. So she got me back into acting classes...

I discovered that exercising the mental muscles I once used in my acting craft actually strengthen my brain's synapses against the onslaught of the cavernous angiomas. The act of Acting keeps my brain bubbles from bursting...

I need to act to live.

Unique traits: Excellent Hospital Patient Excellent Medical Terminology

Awards

  • Winner: Lucky and The Pirates (v/o) Animation Day CANNES
    (2016)

  • Award of Merit: Short Film (Here's Looking At You, Kid (Lead)
    (2014)

Education

  • The University of Utah

  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ)

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