Achieve Your Dreams. Have Fun. Be Well.
In 2006 at the age of 26, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I thought I was healthy because I exercised, but I had been neglecting all the other important areas of wellness (diet, sleep, and stress). The subsequent years were a period of self-discovery: denial, anger, and finally, acceptance. I now view my diagnosis as a blessing. I became healthier. I started sleeping more. I learned how to care for my body and control stress. I developed a greater appreciation for life, a better understanding of the fragility of the human body, and a deeper awareness of the beauty around me.
Early on, I was determined to live my life, not my diagnosis. For over 10 years, I trained as an endurance athlete, competing in triathlons, duathlons, and cycling races. I raced as a Category 2 Road Cyclist in Arizona. I earned a few top 5 and top 3 AG finishes in triathlons and duathlons. I've played competitive soccer off and on since I was 6 and coached junior high and high school soccer, boys and girls, for 9 years.
My diagnosis also taught me that true health and wellness cannot be reduced to the latest fad diet or an exercise program touting "lose fat fast!" True wellness involves a change in lifestyle and a dedication to living well for life.
We have to find the things we love and pursue them with passion. Life is too short not to. I have been given much in life, and "to whom much is given, much is expected in return." I feel a strong calling to give back and help others. Whether your dreams include ambitions for greatness, completing that first 1/2 marathon, losing 10 pounds, or simply learning how to live a healthy, active lifestyle, I'd love to help you get there. No dream is too big or too small. Let's fly!