Having lived with chronic (invisible) illness and chronic pain since my early teens, I know what it means to keep moving forward by living my life deliberately. In spite of chronic kidney problems, I was able to graduate from college with a double major in Psychology and Sociology.
After surviving an abusive marriage and subsequent Biblical divorce, I was determined not to let those painful experiences go to waste. I became a national speaker with a Christian divorce recovery ministry (speaking at both adults’ and kids’ seminars). I also initiated and led a divorce support group at church for a number of years.
After receiving individual counseling and participating in support groups for two years after my divorce, I believed it was time to go back to school. Upon completing my third year of a dual-school graduate program (against medical advice), I received an M.S. in Community Counseling from Georgia State University and a Diploma in Christian Counseling from Psychological Studies Institute (now Richmont Graduate University).
Within months of graduating (and 22 years after my first experience with failing kidneys), I was finally diagnosed with Lupus, an auto-immune disorder. This was the third major Lupus flair of my life and the one that would lead to kidney failure, dialysis, and kidney transplant (donated from my living mother).
With these many life challenges, opportunities for spiritual growth and increased dependence on God, successes, transitions, life coach training and experience, I now enthusiastically coach others to keep moving forward and thrive in their physical and spiritual lives.