Author, Artist and Advocate Nancy Schumacher's Newsletter
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Author, Artist and Advocate Nancy Schumacher's Newsletter
Summer 2013 New Haven, CT
Nancy was featured in
the inaugural edition of
which was published by
Who in 2011
She is currently
pursuing a Psy.D., with
a concentration in
health and wellness
from the University of
She is a member of the
Society and the
She volunteers with a
local support group for
parents of children with
Pressing On: ATrue Fighter
“I have lived with the stigma and misunderstanding
of this disorder for 72 years.”
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes a person to have repeated seizures
over time. Although symptoms vary from person to person, these episodes of
disturbed brain activity can hold a person back, if they let them. As an
individual who has lived with this disorder her entire life, Nancy Carlisle
Schumacher has strived to overcome both the disorder and the stigma
attached to it throughout the years. Ms. Schumacher was diagnosed with
epilepsy in 1940, and based on her experience, has become a mentor to those
who encounter the same struggles she did.
Ms. Schumacher has written and published five books on neurological
disorders, including “Unraveling the Spider’s Net: A Family’s Struggle with
Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, and Depression,” “Epilepsy: A Personal
Approach,” and “The Swallow’s Flight: Tales of Persons with Misunderstood
Neurological Disorders.” She has also presented 24 medical papers in
Europe and China since 1985. Prior to earning a master’s in psychology, Ms.
Schumacher received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Texas Woman’s
University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Connecticut State
University. She is pursuing a Doctor of Psychology, with a concentration in
health and wellness, from the University of the Rockies. She plans to focus
her doctoral thesis on uncovering hidden disorders through social change.
While spreading awareness of epilepsy and how to deal with it has been her
main focus throughout her life, Ms. Schumacher has also served as an
assistant art teacher, art teacher, and accountant. She currently uses her
talents as an artist and author to benefit her business, Carlisle’s Classics. In
addition, she spends her free time selling Mary Kay products and creating
art. In fact, she illustrated the jackets for her three most recent books. In
the future, she plans to continue to write.
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Q & A with Nancy Schumacher
An exclusive excerpt from Ms. Schumacher’s feature in
Who’s Who Publishers’ “Top 101 Industry Experts” …
Q. What characteristics help to separate you from your competitors?
A. I have firsthand knowledge about the disorder of epilepsy and have had it since 1940. I write from an
individual’s viewpoint, not a medical viewpoint. I have lived with the stigma and misunderstanding of this
disorder for 72 years.
Q. What motivates you?
A. I want people to be aware of this disease, and as of now, there are not enough people willing to do proper
statistical studies. Many people don’t want to admit that they have epilepsy because of the stigma attached
to it. My granddaughter was born with it, but she outgrew it. Epilepsy was caught earlier and the drug used
agreed with her.
Q. What made you start to write?
A. I’ve been writing since high school, and when I went to Hawaii, I was still trying to pursue a degree in
education. When that didn’t’ work out, I pursued a degree in accounting. At this time, my husband’s friend,
who was a publisher for a Submarine-base paper, had me start to write articles. The first book I wrote was
“The Special Children: A Mother’s Point of View.”
Find Nancy on the Web!
Nancy Schumacher was recognized by Worldwide Who's Who for Excellence in Neurology.
To listen to Nancy’s interview with Elite Radio Network, click here.
Nancy has been distinguished as a Top Female Executive.
For more information regarding Nancy and her work, please visit www.nancyschumacher.net.
“ ‘People are important. Although some persons may
consider that people with disabilities cannot live
ordinary lives, as long as they believe in themselves,
they will survive. Never allow a person or a situation
to overpower you.’ These words are as true today as
they were when my father said them to me in 1945,
when he realized that epilepsy would be with me for
“Unraveling The Spider’s Net”