About Me

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 and much of my GI tract in 2011 at the age of 52.

As a result, I have diabetes, gastroparesis, GERD and bile reflux disease, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, difficulty absorbing vitamins and mineral (which leads to malnutrition), and chronic pain due to nerve damage.

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 chronic illness community is submission.

In addition to coaching midlife business women through life’s transitions, I’m a published author, keynote speaker, and a consultant who works with non-profit organizations to help them increase their capital campaigns and program goals. My two kids and six grandkids are the reason I keep fighting. Every. Damn. Day.



A Shero lives her life, her truth, from her core. Always.

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