Hi there! I am a health educator, health advocate and all-around health nerd. Five years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition. On my health journey, I’ve learned the power of self-care skills to improve my health and well-being. As a health coach I am excited to educate and inspire others to be skillfully well, even if they have a chronic condition!
Before my diagnosis of fibromyalgia, I was a graduate student planning a career in public health and international development. I love to travel and I spent a lot of time working, studying and volunteering abroad. I was hoping to have a career that would take me around the world. Over the course of two years, these dreams were cut short because of my chronic condition. It started with back pain, several infections, shoulder pain, insomnia and finally a referral to a pain clinic where I was told I had a chronic, incurable illness. I left school. I spent the next year in a state of shock.
Gradually I started learning self-care skills that improved my health and wellbeing. First I took a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course at the pain clinic. I began to move more using gentle exercise routines. I started learning to cook easy but healthy recipes. I moved from the passive role of patient to the empowered role of patient advocate.
I learned that living skillfully improved my wellness in all dimensions (mind, body and spirit). It also increased my agency in my life again – my capacity to achieve change. I had to change the narrative of my life from the career-focused humanitarian to a self-care advocate in my own life and the lives of others.
I obtained my health coach certification from the Sears Wellness Institute as a way to channel my passion to work with others who are interested in improving their health and well-being by learning healthy living skills.
I live with my husband and our 17 year old cat Lily in a flat in an old house. I love learning, nutrition, reading, being outside, Netflix, cooking and coffee!