Lindsey Anne Baker
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Healthcare Communications Manager

Lindsey Anne Baker is a manager in marketing and healthcare communications for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s national office. She is an editor of and contributor to MDA’s Strongly blog, as well as an editor for Quest Magazine, MDA’s flagship print publication. With a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she’s also held reporter and editor positions with the Omaha World-Herald, the Omaha Reader, Omaha Magazine, numerous additional alternative newsweeklies in the Omaha Metro, and AAA’s Home & Away Magazine.

In 2015, Lindsey was awarded an Individual Fellowship in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council; she’s been a faculty member of Omaha’s Seven Doctors Project and a teaching artist for multiple programs hosted by the Nebraska Writers Collective, a nonprofit that fosters self-empowerment and community building through creative writing and performance poetry. Her first book of poems was published by Chicago’s dancing girl press in 2013; her second book is forthcoming from Omaha’s Gibraltar Editions in the spring of 2019.

Lindsey lives with type 1 diabetes and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a progressive neuromuscular disease that makes everyday abilities like typing, writing, dressing, driving, and walking difficult. In her transition from “able” to “disabled,” she’s had to relearn how to tie her shoes, how to walk through doors, and how to tell others not to feel sorry she’s had to make those adjustments. Instead, she encourages others to think about the adjustments we all must make, all the time, and to know we all are already strong enough to make them.