About

If you’re an athlete with type-1 diabetes the words I write here will likely resonate.

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I was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at nine years old. I became a long-distance runner in my 20s, followed by cycling, hiking and dragonboating. That’s when I discovered a HUGE gap in the healthcare system. Resources were lacking: endocrinologists, nurses and dietitians didn’t know how to help me manage my disease with my sport.

I got so frustrated I quit my journalism career to become a registered dietitian specifically for athletes and active people with type-1 diabetes.

I am in the 5th year of the dietetics major at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I will be taking the registered dietitian certification exam in November 2020.

This is my journey.

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health; Major Dietetics, University of British Columbia (pending completion)
  • Dietetics Internship, Providence Health Care (pending completion)
  • Sport Nutrition Internship with Canadian Sport Institute
  • Extensive Literature Review: Nutrition for Type-1 Diabetes in Endurance Sport
  • Presenter, Connected in Motion Virtual Slipstream, Nutrition for T1D in Sport, 2020
  • Presenter, Canadian Sport Institute, Nutrition for T1D in Sport, 2019
  • Presenter, University of British Columbia Kinesiology and Nutrition Departments, T1D in sport, 2018
  • Member, Diabetes Canada Professional Sector, BC Chapter
  • Eat Right Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, completed the four-week course, Weight Neutral for Diabetes Care Counselling and Professional Symposium
  • Journalism diploma, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Black Press: Newspaper Journalist, 11 years

Races completed:

  • Portland Marathon
  • Run for Water Marathon
  • Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon x 2
  • Nike Run for Women Half Marathon
  • Vancouver First Half Half Marathon
  • Good Life Fitness Toronto Half Marathon
  • Bellingham Bay Half Marathon
  • Fairhaven Waterfront 15K
  • Medtronic TC 10 Mile
  • Vancouver Eastside 10 km
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate 10 km x 3
  • Jog for the Bog 10 km
  • Abbotsford Police Challenge 10 km
  • West Van Run 10 km
  • Vancouver Sun Run 10 km x 3
  • Mec 10 km
  • Living the Dream Fondo
  • Resolution Run 5 km x 2
  • Blue Shore Financial Longest Day 5 km
  • Vancouver Run for Women 5 km