In addition to blog writing I have written and published, three books: Thinking Through VA Benefits and VA Care: A Resource for Veterans with ALS & Their Caregivers; Paws at Work; and Letters Home. I am also a co-host on “This Caregiver Life” podcast. You can find the podcast on most podcast platforms. If I had to use one word to describe what I love doing best it would be a storyteller. Whether it is through photography, podcasting, or writing I am sharing a story. Since I could talk, I loved the telling of a story.
My husband, Tom, is service-connected for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS. I have been a strong advocate for caregivers, and people living with ALS.
I sometimes still surprise myself when I say I earned a Master of Science in Health Care Management and Policy, and a Master of Public Administration. Why the surprise? I got through high school by the skin of my teeth.
After serving in various settings as a healthcare manager I changed careers to become an educator. I was a high school social studies teacher for thirteen years. I am also an alumni Fellow representing the state of North Carolina for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
~ Marc Riboud
One of my favorite quotes EVER:
“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
― Pema Chödrön