Beyond academia, I am a patient advocate and motivational presenter, a radical survivor of concurrent high-risk leukemia and heart valve failure. After extended treatment and unlikely survival, I challenged conventional expectations of recovery by recreating a life of health, physical adventure, and global citizenship. My goal has been to live and share the story my fellow patients were desperate to hear as proof of a life beyond survival. The results have been extraordinary.
Today I am a returning citizen of the planet, hopefully affecting change and inspiring others to live their own epic stories. By profession, I am a lecturer and online course developer in environmental science and sustainability. That means I often hike, run, and cycle across endangered landscapes while carrying my office on my back. I then share what I’ve learned and prove that we are capable of more than we – or others – may imagine.
I am an advocate member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the National Cancer Institute (NIH) and the Research Advocacy Network, a peer member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's First Connection program, a member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Cancer Policy and Advocacy Team, and a volunteer ambassador for the Cancer Support Community of Arizona. For writing and presentation, my audiences include groups and individuals facing extreme circumstances or difficult prognoses. My story has been featured in several related media venues, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Coping, and Conquer.