I was born with a congenital birth defect of my pancreatic duct and a gene mutation which led to chronic pancreatitis in 2005 and the removal of my pancreas in 2011.
As a result, I have diabetes, gastroparesis, GERD and bile reflux disease, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, difficulty digesting vitamins and minerals, and constant pain.
I became an advocate for those of us with invisible illness and chronic pain in order to bring a more informed awareness of the various challenges and misconceptions prevalent in our current culture.
To bring hope.
To bring support.
To bring a face to the struggle.
To bring kickass fierceness when what is often expected from the world is submission.
I am the Development Director at the National Pancreas Foundation. In addition, I’m a published author, keynote speaker, and a consultant who works with non-profit sectors to help them increase their capital campaigns and program goals. I have two amazing kids and five laughter-inducing grandkids who are the reason I keep fighting. Every. Damn. Day.
A She-ro lives her life, her truth, from her core. Always.