Making Progress

It has been a while since I have written anything here. So much has happened. I will give a brief update.

Most of my time over the last few months have been focused on getting my non-profit, Defense Against Diabetes, up and running. I’m one document away from having 501(c)(3) status. I have a website up and running, although it could use some help, lol. One of the biggest hurdles I was facing was the expense of the training that the CDC required to be a recognized diabetes prevention program.

Well, I was in southern California last week to complete the Lifestyle Coach training I needed. Now that training is complete, I will be having an informational session next week, and hope to begin classes in August. I am so excited and nervous.

The other big event in my life is my oldest son going to college. It just hit me that he will be leaving in a couple of weeks! ūüė≥ I was excited shopping for stuff for his dorm room but had to show some restraint since he is having a party next weekend. Some days it is hard to believe that I have a child old enough to be in college and that I played a part in him getting there. I’m a proud mother to say the least. Now to figolut how to entertain my 8 year old.

As far as school goes, I have not been keeping up with my homework as I should but am still doing well. I was recently invited to joining Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Of course I accepted. ūüėĀ I often feel I’m not smart enough to be in graduate school or to be a nurse practitioner, but I guess I am doing something right.

These past few months have been full of ups and downs, but I chose to only write about the positive things at this time.

Birthing a Dream

In previous posts, I have discussed how I am a nurse and in graduate school.  I may have even mentioned that I have an interest in type 2 diabetes, particularly among youth.  Well, I am pleased to say that I am in the process of becoming a Lifestyle Coach so that I can implement a youth diabetes prevention program in my city.

As I have embarked on this journey, I have discovered that there are not a lot of resources for youth at risk for or who have type 2 diabetes.  I have always wanted to work in preventative medicine because I believe if we can make positive changes in lifestyle while young, those habits are more likely to follow through adulthood.  Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease.  Just because someone has a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, that does not mean that they will.

Another fascinating fact that I discovered is that there is not a Center’s for Disease Control (CDC) recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in mid-Missouri. ¬†This is interesting to me because there are a lot of rural areas in mid-Missouri and a lot of patients with and at risk for diabetes.

Due to the lack of prevention programs available in my area, I am working to becoming certified to implement a prevention program. ¬†I am unsure if I am going to partner with a church-based program that is currently being offered through my county health department. ¬†Or if I will take steps to start a non-profit organization. ¬†I am waiting to hear back from the CDC to find out if I could run the DPP as an independent organization or if I have to partner with business. ¬†I also am having to decide if I want to focus solely on adults at this time since the program through the CDC is for those 18 and older. ¬†Or if I will partner with another organization to start a program and form my non-profit organization that targets high-risk youth. ¬†So many decisions to be made. ¬†While researching how to start a non-profit, I have come¬†to realize it is a lot of work! ¬†I do not know anything about writing a business plan! ¬†I’m just a nurse!

At the end of the day, I never envisioned myself starting a non-profit organization, being in a leadership role, or teaching in group settings. ¬†However, my desire to make a difference has led me in this direction. ¬†The learning curve is steep, and I am having to network, which is something that makes me uncomfortable. ¬†There will likely be bumps along the way in addition to some disappointment, but I am in this for the long haul. ¬†The sleepless nights, tears, and frustration will be worth it if I can make a difference in someone else’s life.

Wish me luck!