My mission is to help people live their best life with chronic pain.
In 1996 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Prior to that diagnosis, I was diagnosed with TMJ, Endometriosis, and Vulvadynia. Chronic pain has been a part of my life from a young age. In fact, as a child my Mom would take me to the doctors for pain and we were always told, “it’s just growing pains.”
I am tired of hearing, “not much can be done for fibromyalgia.” So much can be done to live better with fibromyalgia. I know because I went from bed-ridden and unable to do stairs, to climbing trees and zip lining with my son. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was not even dating anyone. I really thought my life was over and I would never get married or have a family. I have been married since 2000 to the love of my life, Mark, and we have two beautiful teenage sons who keep me busy. A full life with chronic pain is possible.
One year after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia I formed the Fibromyalgia Support & Education Group at St. John Hospital that eventually grew into the Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan. This year the Association celebrates 23 years of service providing support, education and advocacy. Over the past 23 years I have worked to educate people with fibromyalgia and their families, and I have advocated and represented people with fibromyalgia and chronic pain in the following national and international roles:
Vice President of Education, National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
Advisor and Charter Member, Leaders Against Pain Action Network
Board Member, International Myopain Society
Patient Representative, PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute)
Fibromyalgia Reviewer, Cochrane Collaboration
Patient Representative, OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology)
Recently, I became interested in the amazing role health coaches are filling in helping people make exciting strides in overcoming health challenges. I became a Health & Wellness Coach to enhance programs at the Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan. However, during my training, I decided I also wanted to work one on one with clients. My specialties are fibromyalgia and chronic overlapping pain illnesses (Vulvodynia, TMJ, CFS/ME, IBS, IC, Endometriosis, Chronic Headache & Migraine, and Chronic Low Back Pain). I am a certified Wellcoaches© Health & Wellness Coach and American College of Lifestyle Medicine Lifestyle Medicine Coach. I also am a Pact For Pain© Coach.
Education has been the key to my personal success. The more I learned translated into the more I tried and resulted in new small successes. These small successes began to add up to big life-changing and sustainable successes. I have 23 years of knowledge and expertise in fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Combined with the skills I have learned in coaching, I am eager to help you reclaim your life from chronic illness. I am certain that better health is waiting for you. I know because I have worked with hundreds of people with fibromyalgia over the years and the ones seeking new solutions are continually improving their health.