Health knowledge made personal
I am a registered nurse whose career has spanned healthcare, global manufacturing, and academia. Currently, I work as a healthcare consultant, certified health coach, educator, and patient advocate. I have been living with systemic lupus, a serious chronic illness, since 1996. I have strongly represented the patient’s perspective on numerous committees, including the Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR), National Institutes of Health. Currently, I am a South Carolina representative of the Lupus Foundation of America. I also serve on the National Multicultural Outreach Initiative for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. I am a former director of the Joseph F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed health center at Clemson University, and a former group personnel manager for Michelin North America. Because of the impact lupus has had on mu life, I am passionate about offering hope and encouragement to others. My personal philosophy is summed up in the title of the book I recently co-authored with Karen Kemper, PhD, MSPH: "If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize (Guidance, Inspiration, and Hope for Women with Lupus, Scleroderma, and Other Autoimmune Illnesses). Our book presents positive life management strategies as "accessories" to create happy and productive lives despite the “ugly dresses” of autoimmune and other chronic illnesses.