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’m currently 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 kids and five amazing grandkids who are the reason I keep fighting. Every. Damn. Day.
A She-ro lives her life, her truth, from her core. Always.