In just one year, everything changed for me. My family and I were evacuated from our home after a natural disaster and our beloved pet of 11 years passed away, soon after I was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer. This subtype of breast cancer has the highest mortality rate and would require aggressive treatment. This treatment led to a blood clot in my heart. I had to inject blood thinners into my abdomen daily to help dissolve the clot and avoid open-heart surgery. My strength was tested even more when my father and brother passed away within months of each other. This was intensely more painful then everything else I endured but I was determined to take all the pain, hardships, struggle and turn it into a positive. If not for me, then for my daughters.
– Henry David Thoreau
I decided I needed to do much more than just follow doctors orders when I nearly lost my life. I took the time and put in the work to educate myself on self care. In that journey, I found my purpose. I had all this knowledge, both experience and learned. I saw this huge gap in the communities that support women with cancer and chronic diseases. I found Latinas and African Americans being left out of health and wellness conversations. I was determined to fill that gap with practices and resources that would not only be relevant but empowering.
Columbia Universtiy, Teachers College (anticipated graduation May 2020)
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (scholarship grantee from the Palette Fund).
Advanced Certification, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. (mentored by Dr. Annemarie Colbin, the school’s founder and award-winning leader in the field of natural health).
Selected to teach members of my community about local, seasonal eating, and how to cook and plan vegetable-inspired meals and recipes.
– Breast Cancer – An integrative Approach
– Nutrition & Cancer
– Environmental Health
The Society of Integrative Oncology
The American Association of Drugless Practitioners
The International Association of Health Coaches
New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center’s:
*Annual Breast Cancer Conference for Women-Of-Color Planning Committee
Oldways African Heritage and Health
Through my workshops and consulting, I help people appreciate today’s medical techniques while fully embracing a more gentle, sustainable approach to healing. My journey has taught me how important it is that all people have access to this knowledge; from underserved communities of women with Breast Cancer to all the amazing caretakers of the world, everyone deserves to know how to truly care for themselves.
Over the past few years, I’ve been able to build partnerships with renowned healthcare institutions, integrative practitioners, and other organizations looking to bridge the gap with these populations. I’ve done this by offering specialized lectures, workshops, and wellness programs. My goal is to enhance hospital services, end disparities in care, and to educate the general public to take ownership of their health and well-being.
– Carl Jung