Diploma of Teaching (Technical)
Bachelor of Education (Adult Ed)
Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
Wellness Leadership Certificate
Certificate of Diet and Nutrition
Kitchen Coach Diploma
I have been involved with the Central Coast branch of CISS since 2004, as Secretary, Education Officer, Treasurer, and now Convenor. I joined CISS after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. The diagnosis came as a complete shock, as I had always led a healthy life as a vegetarian, incorporating plenty of exercise, sleep and meditation into my lifestyle. After a mastectomy and total left arm lymphadectomy, I refused chemotherapy, radiation and Tamoxifen and focused instead on natural healing methods, and have remained cancer free since February 2004.
I live on a 5-acre property with its own rainforest and large organic vegetable garden, with husband Chris and assorted local wildlife including numerous resident rainforest birds, wallabies, echidnas and Monty, the diamond python.
My interests include gardening, bushwalking, cycling, kayaking, qigong, photography, scrapbooking and planning my next travel adventure. I love good food and enjoy experimental cooking using nutritious ingredients.
A TAFE teacher by profession, these days I work part-time in administration, and occasionally help out at my local organic food shop where I can share my knowledge with customers to help them with healthy food choices. I also give presentations at local community group meetings on various wellness topics.
I believe that CISS is vital in educating people about choices in treatment for cancer and other chronic illnesses, as well as encouraging them to take responsibility for their own wellness and healing. As more research becomes available on the efficacy of complementary medicine, especially herbs, food as medicine, and the effect of emotions on our wellness, I believe CISS will play an even more important role in the community.