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 latest National Diabetes Statistics Report:
• 34. 2 million, 1 out of 10, Americans in the US that have Diabetes and 1 out of 5 are unaware.
• 88 million more have prediabetes, 1 out of 3, and 8 out of 10 are unaware.
• 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.
To have a larger impact in Diabetes prevention and management as well as chronic disease prevention, I expanded my program offerings to include healthcare provider continuing education programs, conferences and corporate wellness workshops. I began speaking at state, regional and national conferences.
When the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, my business as I knew it, came to a complete halt. I knew I needed to find a way to continue sharing my passion, provide life changing education and carry out my mission. It was actually more critical now than ever as it has been shown that Diabetes and other chronic diseases increase risk of Covid-19 related complications and possibly death.
I quickly pivoted and built the Diabetes Kare Consulting Online School of Education to offer my in person educational programs, both community and healthcare providers as live and recorded webinars. I continue to speak at virtual conferences and other organizations via zoom.
Recently, I had another “ahh” moment. I realized that providing education to help people lower their risks of Diabetes was so important but even more important was helping them turn that education into action to prevent Type 2 Diabetes for life. I wanted to help them start their journey and travel with them to their final destination of Diabetes prevention so I created The Diabetes Prevention Program for Life.
My mission has evolved since starting my company but my passion to make a difference in the prediabetes epidemic and in the lives of those living with Diabetes and its associated serious complications hasn’t. I know together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions.
Representative Client List
- Mid American Institute on Aging and Wellness
- National Teaching Institute
- American Association of Critical Care Nurses
- Massachusetts Nurses Association
- Massachusetts Dental Hygienist Association
- Massachusetts Council on Aging
- Massachusetts Assisted Living Association
- Aging Life Care Association – NE Chapter
- Fitchburg State University
- BU Professional Education Programs
- North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce
- Women in Action, Inc.
- Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
- Newton Wellesley Hospital
- Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital
- Saint Vincent Hospital
- Salem Hospital
- Lahey Clinic
- The Lourdes Center for Memory Care
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
- Summit Academy
- Fitchburg Public Library
- Littleton Community Parks and Recreation
- Marquis Health Care
- Bridges by Epoch
- Whitney Place
- Artisan at Hudson
- Blairhouse of Milford
- Artis Senior Living
- Benchmark Senior Living Communities
- LCB Senior Living Communities
- Christopher Heights
- Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center
- New England Home Medical Equipment
- Right at Home Home Care
- RiverCourt Residences
- River Terrace Healthcare
- Sunrise of Leominster
- The Gables of Fitchburg
- The Residences at Wingate
- Caregiver Homes
- Elderwood Home Care
- Encompass Home Health
- Home Instead Senior Care
- Senior Helpers
- Billerica Council on Aging
- Northborough Council on Aging
- Marlborough Council on Aging
- Townsend Council on Aging
- Paxton Council on Aging
- Maria Milagros