For most of my life I was shy and definitely more of a follower than a leader. I lived with some of the same fears so many women have … what other people think, what if I fail, I’m not smart enough. All of this changed when I celebrated my 50th birthday skydiving with my daughter. This gave my confidence the boost it so desperately needed and the courage to face challenges that were yet to come. Years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a double mastectomy with major reconstruction. Four months after surgery I walked 30 miles in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. As a prior non-athlete, I celebrated my one-year anniversary as a survivor by competing in the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon. Thinking I was invincible and capable of being all things to all people, a month later I suffered a self-induced heart attack known as Stress Cardiomyopathy.
These are some of the experiences that helped me realize I am stronger and more capable than I ever imagined. My priorities are in order, my stress is under control and I am more passionate than ever to share experiences with women on how to have courage and confidence to live happy, healthy and more enriched lives. When it comes to managing stress and overcoming obstacles, I have walked in many of their shoes and can provide solutions on how to turn these into achievements.