We Have Something in Common
I know what it’s like to struggle with health issues. I’m a cancer survivor. I live with a chronic disease. I understand how life, time and finances become barriers to making healthier decisions despite the best of intentions. On the flip side, I have also seen and experienced how small, healthier lifestyle changes can make a HUGE difference, improving how you feel physically and emotionally ultimately impacting risk of developing serious, often very costly complications.
My Why. What’s Yours?
When I meet with a patient or client for the first time, I always ask this question: “What is your why?” I believe the answer to this simple question is a person’s motivation to start today to change their tomorrows. As a cancer survivor, I know how precious life is and how one phone call can change everything. I fought hard to overcome many obstacles to live. Trust me, there were many days when it seemed hopeless and too difficult, but my “WHY” carried me through those times, made me determined, stronger and focused on what was really important. I realized all the little things I use to complain or worry about didn’t matter in the big scheme of life. What mattered was my faith, family and friends. Those 3 reasons became my “WHY” and motivated me to continue fighting to take control of my own destiny, make healthier lifestyle choices and enjoy every day as if it were my last. Now it’s my turn to give back and help others struggling to prevent or manage a chronic illness using my knowledge, expertise and personal experience.
While taking the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach training course I had an “aha” moment. I learned some very startling statistics that would be the turning point in my career. Did you know that according to the CDC,
“There are 30.3 million adults in the US that have Diabetes and 25% are unaware. 84.1 million more have prediabetes and 90% are unaware. In fact, without lifestyle changes, it is estimated that 1 in 3 will develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime.”
I knew then I could and had to do something to make a difference utilizing my nursing expertise, personal experience, love of education, motivational speaking and most importantly, my desire to help others start today to change their tomorrows and live their best life every day. At that moment the decision to start my company was made and the journey began.
Launching Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC
Diabetes Kare Consulting became an LLC on September 7, 2016 with the goal of increasing awareness and becoming part of the solution to the prediabetes epidemic in the US. Offering risk screening and Type 2 Diabetes prevention education utilizing evidence-based strategies from the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants learn the simple, proven lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58-71%.
I joined the North Central Chamber of Commerce, began networking, attending health fairs, offering prediabetes education classes to various organizations and individualized health coaching. I soon realized these lifestyle changes I was teaching could actually help others not only prevent Type 2 Diabetes but other chronic diseases as well. The fact is, according to research conducted by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee:
“Rates of chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity, have increased. About half of all American adults, 117 million people, have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Evidence now shows that healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity can help people achieve and maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout all stages of the lifespan.
- Helping people prevent and manage Diabetes through education
- Increase awareness of the prediabetes epidemic, offer screening and prevention education
- Provide CEU programs to healthcare professionals caring for individuals with chronic disease
- Provide evidence based, group education classes and webinars on connection between lifestyle choices and chronic disease
It only takes one person to affect change BUT if we all work together we can have a bigger impact and make a difference in the lives of so many others. Let’s partner together to become part of the solution and help people prevent and manage Diabetes.
I enjoy networking and meeting new people. When I’m not teaching classes, helping people live healthy lives, and hosting my own talk local show, I serve as an Ambassador for the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. If you’d like to know more about the Chamber or how I can help you manage, prevent or learn more about diabetes, please get in touch!