What is your WHY? (The reason why you do the work you do)
I’ve spent my career as a registered dietitian (RD) and certified diabetes educator (CDE) and committed to improving the care and education for people with diabetes, those at risk for diabetes and their caregivers. Over the years, while I’ve witnessed many advancements in the knowledge about and treatments for diabetes and prediabetes, I realize each and every day that diabetes, regardless of the type, is a challenge to deal with. My goal, through the articles and books I write, including my newest book Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy published by the American Diabetes Association, is to make life just a bit easier, better, happier for people.
What are some of the successes (big or small) you’ve had?
Since as a healthcare provider I didn’t set out thinking I’d become a freelance writer and book author, writing several best selling books has been a success. Another success I’ve proud of I’m experiencing during 2016. This year I’m serving as President for the national organization of my diabetes educator colleagues, American Association of Diabetes Educators. One of the greatest rewards I’ve experienced though years of volunteer work in my profession is the richness of friends from across the country and world.
What’s piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
Be open to new experiences and opportunities. They introduce you to new people and help you gain new skills. Always challenge yourself. Meet lots of new and different people along the way. Be kind. Be open. Be accepting. Be helpful. Pay it forward. Be a connector. Think outside of the box…beyond the usual. Be creative and innovative.
If you had one wish to help make the world a better place, what would it be?
Oh my goodness! The world is in such turmoil today. We need some gentility, kindness and respect among us all.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?
In my line of work I’ve been exposed to and engaged with many organizations. From the vantage point of my passion around diabetes care and education, I’d choose an amazing organization called Children with Diabetes (http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/). From the vantage point of a citizen I’d choose an organization that works on voter rights initiatives.