Chronic illness is a vicious cycle.
I was diagnosed as a teenager and after years of suffering and countless medications and hospitalizations, surgery appeared to be the only remaining option.
I have more than a decade of experience, not only as a registered nurse caring for others, but also as a woman suffering the debilitating effects of autoimmune disease.
I recognize the fear of the unknown. The fear that comes with a new diagnosis, the frustrating realization that our family physicians don’t have all the answers, and the profound life lessons offered by serious complications.
I decided to change my lifestyle.
First and foremost, I accepted that taking care of myself is not selfish. Rather, it is absolutely necessary – not only for my own health and happiness, but also to be able to share something with others.
Secondly, I got back on track with basic self-care principles: practicing healthy nutrition, engaging in regular exercise, nurturing my spirituality, and pursuing lifelong learning.
Finally, my outlook began to change as I saw improvement. It was my desire to use my nursing career as a platform to help others find the same relief.
About My Background
After graduating from the University of Central Florida with my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, I went on to receive extensive training on the principles and techniques of health coaching and obtained certifications through the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy and Health Sciences Institute, as well as graduate credits through the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
After working in the clinical setting, I most recently had the privilege of working on a research project at the University of California, Davis, evaluating the impact of health coaching and mobile technologies on patients with chronic illnesses. Currently, I provide telephonic chronic care management services through a public company and my private coaching practice. I also work part-time as a hospice nurse.
About My Life
After spending most of my life of the East Coast, I now live in the Sacramento, California, area with my husband. I love reading anything I can get my hands on, writing about health and wellness, creating new recipes in the kitchen, and walking in nature.
I also spend time each month volunteering in the local community and have found much joy in empowering women like yourself to take back control of their own health, to stop symptoms before they spiral into a full-blown flare-up, and to live an authentic life even in the face of chronic illness.