Barbara Lougheed was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She moved to Florida for the warmer, calmer weather, and has now lived through multiple freezes and hurricanes. She worked as a database map analyst at a major newspaper before her early retirement. She loves analyzing data and looking for patterns, and this trait has served her well as a thyroid researcher. This knack for medical research led her to write TiredThyroid.com and to publish the book Tired Thyroid: From Hyper to Hypo to Healing-Breaking the TSH Rule. Her love of travel, photography, and food then led her to write WhereWeVacation.com and two travel ebooks, A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Oahu, and A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Maui. She also wrote a children's book with her husband, It's Okay to be Different Thorina-Bina, about their unique cat. Read more on BarbaraLougheed.com.