It all started when I began putting on weight and couldn’t figure out how to lose it. When I received a diabetes diagnosis, it came as no surprise. I had previously been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and have a family history of heart disease and diabetes. Regardless, I quickly felt consumed by the condition. I tried to manage my diabetes with my primary care provider, but was dissatisfied with the results, so I looked for alternative resources.

I went to the HFS Health & Wellness Center to try free health coaching with Julie Thomas, FNP, and it has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. In addition to helping manage my diabetes, Julie also discovered I have a heart murmur. During a routine visit, she noted that my heartbeat was irregular and recommended I see a cardiologist. The cardiologist confirmed her initial findings and shared that by the time most of his patients come to him, their conditions are often so severe they require surgery. In my case, he was confident that because it was discovered so early, it could be corrected with medication.

Today, I am a much happier person. Julie continues to provide guidance and information on how to eat in a way that is heart healthy and keeps my A1c within range. Working with Julie on a one-on-one basis is exactly what I need. It’s comforting to know I have people in my corner who understand me and care about my health. At the HFS Health & Wellness Center, I don’t feel like a number.