Christina Carrell

Freelance Writer

Copywriter. Bookworm. Foodie. Mom.
MA in English, Rutgers University
Covering women's and social issues, health, parenting, and food

Contributor for The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Jersey Bites. Featured on BlogHer.

United States of America

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The Good Men Project

When Mom's Migraines Attack, it's OK, Dad is There

Overwhelmed with nausea, I sit down on one of our kitchen chairs. My fingers fumble with my medication injection pack as I open it, remove one of the cartridges, and insert it...

Jersey Bites

Marlton's OSushi Deserves an 'OYes'

Upon entering Marlton's new Japanese restaurant OSushi , you might think you've stepped into a relaxing spa-if you haven't already heard the buzz about the food. OSushi's...

The Mighty

15 Cringeworthy Pieces of Advice People With Chronic Illness Have Received

Moms with Pain (@momswithpain) August 1, 2016 As you can imagine, my followers have been on the receiving end of some pretty terrible advice. Some of the responses are downright...

Scary Mommy

6 Things To Know When You're Parenting Through Chronic Pain

I'd already lived with chronic migraines, occipital neuralgia, and thoracic outlet syndrome for seven years. When I learned I was pregnant, I knew that my pain would affect my...

Jersey Bites

A 'Local' Lunch at Harvest Seasonal Grill And Wine Bar

You might think words like "local" and "seasonal" don't belong in the same sentence with shopping mall. Harvest Seasonal Bar and Grill , with six locations and two in the works,...

Jersey Bites

Vincentown Diner: A Jersey Fresh Spin on Classic Diner Cuisine

The drive to the Vincentown Diner always feels vintage, like a trip to a place time forgot. Farm stands, endless fields of crops, farmhouses, more farm stands, dairy bars...

The Mighty

To Fix Migraine's Unfair Reputation, Let's Rebrand It

People who don't get migraines don't always "get" migraines. Sure, they might get the occasional one every so often, but you cannot fully comprehend what it's like to live with...

Jersey Bites

Burlington County Farmers Market: Season 10!

If there's one word that describes the Burlington County Farmers Market best, it's community. During my first visit of the 2016 season, my husband, toddler, and I watched from a...

The Mighty

What 'The Middle' Got Wrong About Daily Life With Chronic Illness

I know, I know. It's a comedy. I need to "lighten up." I love "The Middle." I really do. I think it's one of the most genuine sitcoms on television today, reminiscent of the...

BlogHer

Why I Got Rid of All My High Heels

Using a local yard sale page, I recently sold every pair of high heels I own. Knowing I'd never wear any of them again, I felt a bit of regret as I handed off the last pair.

Mothering with Chronic Pain

Coping with 'Mom Guilt': Colleen's Story

Each month, Mothering with Chronic Pain will feature a different mom's story of life with illness. In June, we are featuring Colleen, who suffers from chiari malformation and...

The Mighty

6 Things Moms With Chronic Pain Should Know

I'd already lived with chronic migraine, occipital neuralgia and thoracic outlet syndrome for seven years. When I learned I was pregnant, I knew my pain would affect my...

Jersey Bites

5 South Jersey Culinary Gems

South Jersey features an eclectic blend of culinary delights from off-the-beaten-track diners to exotic, high-end cuisine. Here are a few of my favorites. El Mariachi L oco, 101...

The Huffington Post

Why Breast Isn't Always Best for Moms with Chronic Illness

I'm a breastfeeding mom. I fought hard to nurse my son. And I believe in a woman's right to breastfeed. But I don't call myself a breastfeeding proponent. Instead, I prefer to...

The Huffington Post

5 Reasons You Can't Assume a Person Isn't in Pain

I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet's Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies....

Medium

Engage Your Nonprofit Audience with Better Font Choices: The Psychology of Typography

Mostly, I'm a copywriter. But as a writer, I know that writing cannot be separated from design, especially on the web. If your content isn't clean, readable, and visually...

The Mighty

Why I Can't Support Mandatory High Heel Policies as a Woman With Chronic Illness

Using a local yard sale page, I recently sold every pair of high heels I own. Knowing I'd never wear any of them again, I felt a bit of regret as I handed off the last pair.

Mothering with Chronic Pain

Why Migraine Needs a Rebranding

People who don't get migraines don't always "get" migraines. Sure, they might get the occasional one every so often, but you cannot fully comprehend what it's like to live with...

Mothering with Chronic Pain

5 Best Infant Feeding Resources for Moms with Chronic Illness

Infant Risk Center - Anyone who has ever researched the safety of medications during lactation has probably heard the name "Dr. Hale" evoked. Dr. Thomas Hale, Ph.D, R.Ph.,...

Medium

Crafting Social Media Posts Using Audience Awareness

My educational background is in English Literature. A lifelong devotee of the written word, my insatiable appetite for language and voracious love for reading ultimately lead me...