The mind and body are not separate units, but one integrated system. How we act and what we think, eat, and feel are all related to our health. Physicians should be capable of teaching this behavior to patients.
Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Type 1 diabetes has been my companion since my teens—when little was known about diabetes. I sharpened my stainless steel needle on a whetstone and boiled it for 10 minutes with my glass syringe to sterilize them before taking one shot of NPH insulin each morning. Disposable needles appeared and I carried needles, that glass syringe and a vial of insulin in my backpack as I trekked the Rockies, the Uintahs, the Cascades, canyon country and the High Sierra in my twenties and thirties.
Despite years of meandering blood sugar, I drive, I travel, I work, I play. Diabetes keeps me in close touch with my body. I have a team of medical specialists, healers, coaches and advisers who keep me current and accountable. Pilates and Classical Stretch classes keep me flexible and strong.
Educationally, I have master’s degrees in teaching and health education. I am certified as a Professional Coach by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. I am also a Wellness & Health Coach, certified by Real Balance Global Wellness Services. And I am certified as a Diabetes Care & Education Specialist by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
I coach and educate clients with diabetes with awareness of medical standards, empathy and compassion built on my years of personal experience.