Author Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall

Hire this Nerdzilla


Right now, these messages might be playing on repeat in your head:

My medical diagnosis is the end of my story.

Now that I can’t lead a “normal” life, I’m not valuable or worthy.

I should just accept my life as-is and give up hope of offering my unique contributions to the world.

If so, welcome. You’re in the right place.

At the end of the day, I want to inspire and empower you to choose your own path, create your own vision of success, and build lifestyles and careers that honor your unique needs and limitations. 

I seek to serve not just those who live with chronic pain or illness, but anyone who feels like they’re meant for something bigger than a TRADITIONAL 9-5 job. 


Here are just a few of the ways that we can work together:



I’ve been writing since I learned to read. I begged my mother for a typewriter for my eighth birthday and she delivered. I started writing professionally at age 15 when I had a weekly op-ed column in my local newspaper. I’ve published and presented academic papers and case studies at regional conferences in the topic areas of human rights and health, US foreign policy, and nonprofit administration. Most recently, I’ve published articles as a freelance journalist and op-ed columnist with Blasting News US. If you are interested in having me write for your magazine, website, blog, or other publication, please contact me.

Public Speaking

My mission in life is to turn my mess into a message and show the world that a diagnosis or set of diagnoses do not have to mark the end of a person’s story. If you think that my story might inspire your group, clientele, or Podcast audience I’d love to hear from you and discuss a possible engagement. I’m available to speak about the following topics: overcoming trauma, living with a chronic pain and invisible illness, and creating a work-life around physical limitations, restricted mobility, and mental health challenges.




If you want to explore and identify your true passions, learn to live as your most authentic self unapologetically, and create a lifestyle and career that honors your unique needs and/or limitations, this is for you. I will help you identify your biggest, wildest dreams, and then guide you through the process of identifying the steps and resources needed. Then, I’ll help you craft the action plans you need to make it all happen. Self-care, personality and attraction marketing, as well as writing and independent publication are all areas in which I may coach you.

Interested in one-on-one coaching with me? Let’s book a free 30-minute consultation call to discuss your needs and goals and see if we’re a match. Let me teach you how to take care of yourself while taking care of business!

Skincare ConsulTATION

There’s no such thing as easy money, y’all, but there is such thing as simplicity in generating income from home. Working as a skincare consultant has helped me build a lifestyle and career that honors my unique needs and limitations. Plus, I get to represent the No. 1 premium skincare line in all of North America, created by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, the same doctors who created Proactiv.

If you want to do the same (or want to become of my skincare clients!) let’s chat.

** No income is guaranteed, I speak to my own unique experience. For more information you can peruse the Rodan + Fields Income Disclosure Statement **

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Proofreading + Copyediting

If you’re looking for a copywriter or proofreader for an academic paper, journal article, or creative writing project I’d love to hear from you. I have spent the past two years editing and proofreading: fictional novels, a memoir about a Cuban immigrant and her journey to America, and academic and capstone projects for students whose first language is not English. Additionally, I wrote and self-published my own memoir, Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell.

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design services

Need help identifying your brand, and not sure where to start? You are your brand, my friend, and your written and printed materials should reflect the most authentic version of you. I love to design resumes, speaker and media kits, business cards, and even websites. Let’s talk about how I might help you.


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