When I was a senior in high school in 2002, I stared at myself in the mirror with tears coming down my face as I held it together all day trying to be strong. While my older siblings were at college, I felt like I needed to be a backbone for the family and remain optimistic.
I spent the earlier 10 hours unexpectedly sitting at OSU Medical Center as my dad was undergoing a double organ transplant as a result of what type 1 diabetes did to his body.
Even though I was fighting the same disease, his health stance is what has driven me to do everything possible to learn the most, articulate the best, and help as many people with diabetes as possible to use nutrition in a holistic way to have exceptional health.
On February 5th, 2002, a fire was lit within me and today it only burns brighter to become an outspoken dietitian preventing any daughter, father, and anyone in-between from ever being in that same position.
Having a chronic disease can be tough, but it shapes us into the heroes we are. I know in my soul, I was meant to have type 1 diabetes so I can better help YOU.