Born in Los Angeles and having lived nearly all of her life in northern California, as a former art major who got a BA in Managerial Accounting and ran her own business for 33 years, Francine has always craved creative outlets. She sang with various groups and wrote songs and poetry, painted watercolors, and has had essays and a song published. She is the author of No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability, and Not a Poster Child: Living Well with a Disability—A Memoir. Francine also facilitates a polio survivors’ group in Marin County and also a Meetup writing group, Just Write Marin County. She also appeared in the Nobel Prize/PBS documentary, “The War Against Microbes,” as the only representative of a disease now eradicated by a vaccine. Follow her on Facebook.