So why work with me? Because I get it.
Living with chronic disease can be tedious and discouraging. As a person who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 10, I know firsthand what it is like to go to battle with one’s own body. For years I remained within the confines of my diseases (as other auto-immune conditions came to follow) and let the chronic ailments that came with it dictate my life. With perseverance and compassion, I was able to go from a life of coping to thriving. Through my own personal work, I realized that people are not just their disease. Even though that part of you can be the loudest, you are a whole person with a ton of other cool stuff about you. Really, that stuff is there--it's just had to take the backseat, and that can change. In our work together, I hope you will come to see a world beyond one fraught with imposed limitations—one full of joy, connection, forgiveness and peace.
Chronic illness affects, well, just about everything. It impacts various aspects of life like relationships with family and friends, school/work, travel, and many other seemingly smaller, simple things which suddenly become unpredictable and complicated with a medical condition on board. I get it in ways that those who do not have those experiences and additional checklists do not understand. I have rounded this out with a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, specialized training in Medical Family Therapy, and some solid field work putting this knowledge to use and collaborating with people to navigate the obstacles that deter happiness and overall health. I have lived into what I know, and the expertise gleaned from all of this has allowed me to develop road maps out . And while no two journeys are the same, I am happy to take what I've learned (a fair amount of it hard way!) and share some key tools because I'd like to save you some time, wheel-spinning and goose-chasing.
Some Other Qualifications and Experience
Aside from my professional training (see above), I have spoken at events put on by other organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the College Diabetes Network, Camp Leo, and the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America. I have been a guest blogger for Kerri Sparling's Six Until Me and WeAreDiabetes.org, and am currently running the University of Washington Type 1 Diabetes support group at the Diabetes Care Center. I am also the Board President ConnecT1D, an organization local to the Pacific Northwest that works to build community and address the psychosocial needs of people living with T1D.