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 type 1 diabetes, gastroparesis, GERD, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, difficulty digesting vitamins and minerals, and chronic pain.

I became an advocate for those of us with invisible illness and pain in order to bring more awareness to 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.

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