Sign in

A lifestyle journalist who was forced to slow down tennis, travel, food & wine coverage when chronic illness changed her life & career. MarciaFrost.com

How I went from constantly traveling the world to traveling locally with help and a medical scooter

Marcia Frost with the Duke of Ballindalloch Castle in Scotland, on a Kangaroo Island Beach in Australia, and, more recently, exploring Holiday World in Indiana on a medical scooter.

“There are places I’ll remember

All my life though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone and some remain”

— In My Life by The Beatles

I’ve always loved that song. It was playing on the radio when I was in my car last weekend, driving through a park I hadn’t been to in years. It just seemed so fitting and brought me back to the first time I was there.

I moved to the Midwest in 2008. It had previously been 30 years since I was living on my own.

My grown daughter decided to…


A Subject Many Athletes Deal With

Simone Biles announced that she would not be competing in the first two gymnastics individuals. It appears she will perform on balance beam next week. Questions are looming on exactly what happened.

While Biles admits she is physically fine, she cannot say the same for her frame of mind.

The Danger in Gymnastics
I do not want to dimmish the existence of mental illness in anyone, especially someone who is constantly trying to live up to the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) references, expected to lead her team while winning a half dozen gold medals…


I had to find the strength to do it.

I planned for two years to get a dog. I wanted to make sure I was 100% sure of what I was taking on and that I could afford the necessary food, insurance, and vet visits. I also wanted him to become a service dog.

While I thought I had it all planned correctly for my perfect Yorkie to help me with my health issues, comfort me when I needed to rest, and bark for help when I needed it, nothing turned out as expected.

First, there was a tragedy that certainly couldn’t have been expected. Then, I found Teddy…


Bernie Sanders has been touting “Medicare for All” since he introduced the bill to congress in 2019. His plan is to get affordable healthcare to all Americans.

The premise is certainly something the country can use, but what why aren’t we fixing what we have. I know this because I’m currently getting ready to start Medicare.

The term “Medicare for All” is deceiving as the proposal does not plan on making Medicare for all. It is supposed to be an example of a national health initiative for doctors, hospitals, and medication that is accessible for every citizen to afford. …


Photo by Marcia Frost

I’ve been living in the Midwest for more than a dozen years now, but when September 11th comes around, I always remember I am a New Yorker. It’s an experience that the rest of the country can’t quite fathom as we were locked in place, waiting for friends and family, and whether or not we’d be attacked too.

The day started as any other. I sent my 16-year-old off to school and sat down in front of the Today Show with my breakfast and coffee. I had just finishing covering the U.S. …


Today is the day! I planned on going before the pandemic, but can’t now. I’m hoping this is the first of many Major League Baseball games on the Field of…


Just got back from the doc. There for pneumonia and, like always, they want my height and weight. I said no and the nurse looked shocked. It reminded me why…


It feels good to start to feel good. Looking forward to writing more!


40 years later with The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys at the Champaign County Fair. Photo by Marcia Frost.

If you asked me me 40 years ago what I’d be doing when I turned 60, I would never have guessed it would be the same thing. It’s ironic, and fitting, that I’d be in front of The Beach Boys.

I can tell you one thing, I never imagined I’d be advertising that I was turning 60. I probably said that about 30, 40, and 50 too. When it came down to it, I was always confident in my turning another decade. This time is there was a different reason for the public…


I hid my chronic illness for over 20 years

I recently cut my hair shorter and without layers, to try to hide the steroid puffiness in my face.

For many years, I managed as a tennis magazine editor without more than a handful of people knowing I had Fibromyalgia. I often retreated to my car or hotel room when the pain or fatigue got bad.

It wasn’t so hard because Fibromyalgia is the ultimate invisible illness, but now, it isn’t the only condition I have.

I began to have some unusual symptoms while covering the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championships. I had severe sun sensitivity, fatigue, headaches, and rashes. …

Marcia Frost

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store