I’m 42 years old and have been living the life with type 1 diabetes since age 13. I’m a registered nurse, a mom of two girls, a cook, maid and a gardener (many hats to wear around the house). I love to exercise, luckily, as it has probably saved me from the likely targets of diabetes thus far. When I’m not whooping it up with my family, writing, volunteering or working as a nurse you will find me on my road bike, running, skiing, or getting my om on at yoga.
My youngest dynamo Emma is 11; she has been living with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease for 6 years. My 13 year old athlete is Hannah who doesn’t have diabetes. Emma is an amazing little girl with a zest for acting (making it hard to tell what a true low blood sugar is), tennis (she wants to be a pro), volleyball and basketball. Hannah is a competitive swimmer, an accomplished gluten free baker and is a very positive child earning the nickname Happy Hannah. She knows more about diabetes management than most docs and nurses I work with, truly. I am incredibly happily married to my husband John for the past 17 years.He also loves the outdoors and playing with his girls is a priority. He is our in house diabetes expert with two of his three girls living with Type 1 diabetes. We live in the mountains of Flagstaff, AZ and have loved our way of life in Northern Arizona since 1995.
My interests are in autoimmune disease, social media and medicine. As a Stanford epatient scholar I advocate for you and your family. I have a BA in Psychology and I am also a Registered Nurse. I am a freelance writer for Alliance Health Networks and an advocacy writer for Diabetic Connect. I volunteer tirelessly for JDRF (formerly known as The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). JDRF is dedicated to prevention, treatment and finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes – and so am I. I am a JDRF trained mentor for newly diagnosed families, a volunteer for the JDRF Online Diabetes Support Team, the Outreach Coordinator for Northern Arizona’s Type 1 Families United Network, and I have served as a board member for the Desert Southwest Chapter of JDRF. In 2011 I volunteered for a week as medical staff at an American Diabetes Association camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes. I also volunteered as a camp Nurse for JDRF weekend camps.
Our family is committed to finding and funding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. You will see links to small businesses that give back a percentage of sales to JDRF. You will also see links to donate to JDRF in featured articles and advocacy. We see your support of JDRF as crucial to funding the ongoing diabetes research led by brilliant scientists that I will highlight in my blog. JDRF is not a sponsor of this webpage nor do they have any influence on my blog. We have simply chosen JDRF as our family’s favorite diabetes organization.
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