A little about me and why I do what I do. I was born with kidney disease due to a birth defect, diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease at 19, then diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Addison's disease and age 20. I was in and out of ICU and my next of kin was called while I was having "a close call" with life.
Among other things, I have survived being hit by a drunk driver in which I spent nearly a year working to get back my mobility. During another period of my life I spent years on dialysis and am grateful to have received a successful kidney transplant in 2012.
As a result of my personal, professional and educational journeys; one of my joys in life is thinking about thinking also called metacognition. I have built myself deep cognitive reserves and am so happy to share my gifts with the world.
I enjoy volunteering my energy and time as a speaker on capitol hill for the American Association of Kidney Patients and helps keep our water clean with Heal the Bay. I am looking at stepping into speaking on the hill on behalf of patients with rare diseases which I am very excited about.
Part of my own cognitive development is being an award winning speaker at Toastmasters International and choosing my thought partners, some of which include the International Association of Facilitators, the International Coaching Federation and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.