Nina Lorez Collins
Founder & Author of WWVWD

Photos by Elena Seibert

In 2015, at 46 and out of the blue, I started waking up drenched in sweat every morning at 4am. I soon discovered that I was entering peri-menopause, that netherworld state which will take me from relatively young to relatively old, and that realization jolted me into creating a closed Facebook group for my girlfriends so that I could ask some questions, commiserate, and get advice. I called it “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” in what I thought was a funny nod to a brilliant feminist I admire, a woman who chose to end it all in her late 50s. My goal was to create a haven where I could talk about aging without feeling ashamed, and where I could get information and support that would help me on this rocky road to cronehood or aged bliss, or whatever it will be.

I’m a lifelong New Yorker, born here in 1969. I graduated from Barnard College in 1990 and got a Masters in Narrative Medicine from Columbia in 2013. I have four kids who are mostly launched, and serve as a trustee on the board of the Brooklyn Public Library.

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