Where do you call home? Swampscott, MA, a small seaside community located 12 miles north of Boston on the North Shore.
What do you do for a living? I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant working in outpatient orthopedics/sports medicine for Cambridge Health Alliance. I also rotate into the hospital to work with patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How did you first connect with Herren Project? I connected with Herren Project 3 years ago after my brother-in-law passed away from addiction-related health complications. I don’t know why but I decided to run The Falmouth Road Race; I felt compelled to take action to help those dealing with SUD. At age 50, I had never run a race in my entire life, but that was about to change. The rest is history!
What is your interest in/connection to recovery? I have witnessed the devastation of addiction on families; I never want another family to go through what my family endured. However, for those who have experienced or are experiencing loss and pain from addiction, I want to show them that there is hope. There is so much stigma and shame surrounding individuals & families dealing with SUD. My goal is to help change that view through education, sharing, outreach, and support.
Who inspires you? My sister.
What is your favorite pastime/hobby? My favorite hobby is listening to cheesy 70s and 80s music, cooking, and singing at the same time.
What are you most proud of? Having the courage to go back to school in my mid-40s for a second degree and to start a new career in physical therapy. I love my job!
What does serving on Herren Project mean to you? Herren Project has connected me with so many genuine, strong, honest and wonderful people. It has changed my life and the way I deal with loss from substance use. I am hoping to make that connection for others who are looking for support and inspiration.