Welcome to Take Control of Your Health coaching program. I am excited to know that you are interested in living the best life that you can, rather than live recklessly and ultimately regret not caring for your health. First let me tell you a little about me.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 7. While learning to give myself a shot was a bit daunting, it made me feel kinda cool too. Because of that outlook on my diabetes, what I didn’t realize until later in life was that I took my diabetes management in stride alongside schoolwork, sports and sleepovers. In fact, multitasking became so routine for me, I graduated from college with a double major bachelor’s degree and master’s degree all in five years.
I worked for my father in his automotive supplier company after graduation. My father died very suddenly and at 31 I stepped into his shoes as CEO of the company. Just when I thought this wife, mother and CEO of a manufacturing company could multitask no more, the long term complications of diabetes reared its ugly head—my kidneys failed. I was on dialysis for 7 months when my brother donated to me his left kidney. Eighteen short months later, my transplant team completed their full plan of action to treat my kidney disease. I received a pancreas transplant. My transplants are 12 and 10 years old this year.
I am a health coach and not a medical professional. I work in concert with your physician and will never prescribe or diagnose any medical conditions. You should not in any way consider the work we do a replacement for your doctor’s instructions. In fact, we will likely take your doctor’s instructions and demystify and make them less overwhelming by finding a way to add them comfortably into your daily routine.
What I’ve learned during more than 40 years of living with diabetes is that it is much easier to spend the effort to control glucose levels than to ultimately live with long term complications. It is with that knowledge that I want to help others to live a healthy life, whether it is managing, correcting or preventing disease.