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You’ve found Oops, My Brain, a cornucopia of mildly entertaining personal essays about chronic illness, medical misadventures, city life, and elaborate plans to steal basset hounds (to have as pets, not to make fur coats!). Think David Sedaris or Jenny Lawson, except less good. And way less funny. On second thought, let’s forget about David Sedaris and Jenny Lawson altogether.

(Did I just shamelessly name drop David Sedaris and Jenny Lawson to improve my search rankings? Not exactly. I do feel ashamed of myself.)

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  • An average of 0.682 posts from me per week, health problems notwithstanding (though they often are withstanding). Posts are published on Saturdays.

  • Crappy drawings that look like the work of a kindergartener. (I only took up drawing last year, so it’s really too late for me to get good at it. Sorry.)

  • One personal essay per month. (I only took up writing four years ago, so it might be too late for that, too. Again, sorry.)

  • A laugh or two, hopefully.

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A little bit about me…

I’m Natalie Mead. I live in San Francisco with a husband who is in perpetual need of a haircut. I used to work in tech, then in freelance journalism, and now I work for my dogs. I post funny photos etc on my Instagram. Oh, I’ve also been disabled by chronic migraine disorder since the age of 27.

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