Dorothy O'Donnell

Writer. Mother. Mental Health Advocate.



I used to think training for marathons and triathlons was hard. Then I became a mom in my forties. Although I’ve written about travel, health and business, these days my main focus is writing essays and a memoir inspired by my toughest, and most rewarding, endurance event– being the mother of a child diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder.  I hope sharing our story will help other families in similar situations and also help erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

My essays have been featured on, or in,,,, the Marin IJ, NPR’s KQED radio and






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