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I became a nurse to help combat infectious diseases and help reduce maternal, perinatal, and neonatal deaths in rural villages in Kenya. For 17 years I established clinics and maternity units, which have now become mid-level hospitals. In 1997, my father was diagnosed with diabetes type and later on developed heart disease. Not many years later, my mother was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and soon acquired all the complications of uncontrolled blood glucose. They both died from complications related to insulin resistance. My father died from a heart attack, and my mother had a stroke, which rendered her bedridden for three years.
This made me rethink my lifestyle. I changed my diet, not just for myself, but for my husband and children. In 2010, we relocated to the USA. I currently work in a hospital in the specialty of patients admitted with advanced heart failure. I shifted my focus from infectious diseases to preventing lifestyle-related conditions significantly. Although I have a strong family history that gravitates towards disease, I am grateful that I am still healthy with no chronic illness. I want to help more people, so I decided to get a certification as a health coach.
Just watching how you live and eat has changed my life. I started eating more plant-based foods and stopped eating refined sugars and soda. I started walking every morning. I want to let you know that I have lost 24 pounds, and my hemoglobin A1C has dropped 10 points.