I was born with a congenital birth defect of my pancreatic ducts 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 serve on the National Pancreas Foundation chair committee and am a speaker for a number of their educational events. In addition, I am a published author, keynote speaker, and a consultant who works with non-profit sectors to help them increase their capital campaigns and program goals.
A She-ro lives her life, her truth, from her core. Always.