• A Heart Filled with Gratitude

    So, it’s been a week now since HealtheVoices19 wrapped up in Dallas. What an amazing weekend of connections, education, empowerment and support it was. I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened at the conference and find the words to capture the experience for a blog post. I hope to share that in the next couple of days. Today, though, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who made the experience possible. This year’s theme, “A Little Heart Can Do Big Things”, was inspired by the wristbands that I shared at last year’s conference. The words are my personal mantra, stemming from my experience with congestive heart failure, and it has been exciting and humbling for me…

  • Throwback Thursday: Diabetes UnConference Highlights

    Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas.  It was an incredible, life changing experience, and I’m thankful for having been able to go.  Due to a series of unfortunate events that have occurred since I returned from that trip, I’ve not been able to write about the experience as I had planned. Although, I guess since we all agreed to keep a lot of what happened during the UnConference sessions private, not having time to write isn’t exactly a bad thing. I do, however, have this highlights video that I put together using photos taken during the trip.  That I definitely can share.  I hope you enjoy it! My sincere thanks to Christel,…

  • The Ah Ha Moment

    If you’ve read my blog, or followed me on Twitter or Facebook, for any length of time, you’re probably aware that life has not been too kind to me or my family over the last few years.  And you are probably aware that as the year 2014 was ending, I was in a very dark place and I was considering ending my life.  Obviously, I didn’t.  I can’t express how thankful I am for the messages of love and support that came in from all of my DOC friends and family at that time. In mid-January, I was reading a blog post written by my friend Mari Ruddy, in which she mentioned her experience with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) stemming…

  • Smash Diabetes Challenge

    So, my good friend Kelly Close nominated me for this Smash Diabetes Challenge as part of Diabetes Awareness Month.  I’ve accepted the challenge and, to spread the fun, I’m nominating my friends Ashley Rose, Michael Hoskins, Kate Cornell, and Sue Rericha. Without further adieu, I give you my rather hastily thrown together video.    Enjoy and Smash Diabetes!  

  • Happy New Year

    Well friends, there’s about 1 hour left in this final day of 2013 and I’m thankful to see it come to an end.  It has been an incredibly difficult year for so many reasons and while I could spend a lot of time recapping the good and the bad of 2013, I’d really rather wrap up this year of life and blogging with short note from the heart. So, from the pit of my left ventricle, I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year.  Be well, my friends!