“I am what I like to call a life “thriver!” In my forty years I have come out of the closet, mourned the loss of an unborn child, and battled cancer. I have fallen to my knees many times but it is when I stand again to face the world that I find the hero within.
In August of 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and life, as I had known it changed forever. I do not define my life by cancer. Instead, my purpose and identity lies in the idea that I have chosen, amongst the rubble and loss, to build a more purposeful life and become a source of inspiration for others.
A Licensed Clinical Social worker by trade, I have committed my work to helping others. Now my mission to inspire, lead, and create sustainable change is un- deniable. My current work includes: facilitation of grief support groups, inspirational speaker for TMI consulting, and adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. I provide volunteer services for both Beyond Boobs and Front Row Foundation. When I am not working or volunteering, I enjoy gardening, spending time with my amazing family, and visiting with friends.
My most important accomplishment thus far is becoming a parent. In addition, I owned and operated a successful private practice for five years. Finally, I have developed and lead trainings and seminars related to work–life balance, communication in the workplace, self-care, grief support, creating sustainable change, and leadership through inspiration.
My ultimate hope is that you can learn the secrets I have learned. Life is what we create and it is the most fragile gift of all. It is through our human connections and giving back that we find the answers to a life well lived.”