I was born in Wichita, Kansas and have lived here my whole life. I’m married to a wonderful man. We have no children but we have a fur baby who thinks he is human. Writing is not only a great replacement for some much-needed therapy, but it is something I truly enjoy doing. In 1992 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after finding out I also had PCOS. My 9.5 HbA1c prompted me to change my lifestyle in an attempt to regain my health. With just a bit of medication and a huge change in diet and moderate exercise, I have a healthy HbA1c now and am enjoying life so much more!
I am a Christian and a seeker. I believe the Golden Rule will always be Golden and that there are magic words in our vocabulary that should never be removed, such as “please” and “thank you”. Kindness is never the wrong tack to take and love really is all you need (the Beatles were right).
I began writing back in high school and had an English teacher who encouraged me to keep writing. I studied journalism in high school and college, but creative writing was always my passion. It’s one thing to report the facts, but quite another to make up a story as you go and see how it twists and turns – and finally how it ends. The ending of some of my stories surprise me as much as anyone!
As I dealt with my health, I began to realize that people who deal with chronic diseases not only need educational material about their disease, but there are times they need a break from the everyday routine of dealing with it! In other words, there is a great need for humor to be sprinkled in with the serious instructional posts. Everyone needs a good laugh now and then, but people who are chronically ill need to laugh even more!
Because I am a Christian, I also believe there is a great need for faith in the equation as well. So, I developed a blog called “A Second Helping of Wellness… with a dash of humor and a pinch of faith!!!”. It’s my goal to not only provide helpful information about Type 2 Diabetes, but to offer a bit of humor and faith along the way. I believe it is a good mix, and I hope those who read it think so too!
The blog entitled “Heart Hunger” was created to be more focused on the need for spiritual nourishment than physical nourishment. As an emotional eater, I know how easily you can think you have a need for food, when in fact you are really hungry in your soul. Emotional eating is a vicious and cruel cycle that can make you spiral downward very quickly if you don’t snap out of it. In this blog I make an attempt to provide some emotional encouragement to anyone who needs to know that there is a good way to deal with emotions. Eating to deal with stress or unhappiness is not the answer. Seek some spiritual solace instead of food. It took me a long time to understand that no matter how much I ate, it never made my emotional issues go away. Food is not a permanent fix, but dealing with emotional issues emotionally can do a great deal to make things better.
Sometimes the blog provides wisdom for the journey, and sometimes I just vent feelings I’m having that day. Either way, the emotional baggage gets unpacked and it’s done without having to eat a package of Oreos!
So, I hope you enjoy my writing. May you find information and inspiration. God Bless You! Thanks for reading my blog!