|Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on November 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM|
About Author Marlo Donato
A woman with multiple passions, who is constantly on the go; American author, musician, fashionista, lecturer, wife, and mother; Marlo Donato, was born 29 May, 1972, and is the youngest daughter of an Irish mother and Sicilian- American father. Marlo grew up on Long Island, NY and received a BA in classical Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, NYC.
Marlo moved to London in 2004, where she carved a career in luxury fashion, whilst recording several EP’s and constantly gigging with her rock band. She began struggling with numbness and vision loss shortly after the move. Later that year, at the age of 32, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the most common neurological disease amongst young adults today.
From diagnosis, she has been passionate about empowering people with multiple sclerosis to live a full life. She has worked with the UK and US MS Societies, as well as other charities, to raise awareness for MS and disability rights.
She has been honoured by Donna Karan as a 'Woman who inspires,' for her work at raising awareness for MS. She is featured on the DK website amongst the likes of Brooke Shields and Nicole Kidman.
After getting dropped from her literary agent, Marlo self-published Awkward Bitch: My Life with MS in 2009. “The major publishing houses initially felt the book was too ‘niche’; there were not enough people who would read it. I felt it had to be published even if it helped one person.” It has remained on Amazon best seller lists since December of that year (in the US, UK, and Germany). In 2012, Awkward Bitch was translated into Lithuanian and published by Alma Littera under the title Kerėpla: Mano gyvenimas su IS. Marlo donated hundreds of books to be available for Lithuanians with MS as well as their doctors and nurses.
Marlo is a regular in the social media world; with pages on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. She is a popular vlogger on YouTube, where she speaks candidly and amusingly about her daily battles with MS.
Marlo is also an increasingly vocal advocate for Down’s syndrome, as her second child has DS. She has recently teamed up with the Down’s Syndrome Association, in an exciting project to hire people with DS in the workplace, particularly within luxury brands.
In April 2013, Marlo married musician Tim Love in a secret wedding ceremony that was later announced on Facebook and Twitter. Marlo and Tim have two daughters and live happily in London. She is writing her follow up to Awkward Bitch, which is due out in 2014.