Growing up in Sonoma County, I was fortunate to be surrounded by a beautiful landscape that I thoroughly explored and felt connected to both physically and spiritually. My love for nature and outdoor activities led me to develop many hobbies, including but not limited to hiking and mountaineering. Climbing Shasta has been a goal of mine for years and as a transplant RN, it is with great honor to contribute my time to raise money and awareness of the growing prevalence of liver disease in our society. Liver disease affects 1 in 10 Americans, and it is of paramount importance to properly fund research and educate the public.
I started my nursing career at UCSF's Adult Transplant Unit on 9 Long. I have had the privilege of working with patients with liver disease that are waiting to receive a liver transplant, have received and are recovering from one, or may be experiencing complications requiring hospitalization. I am humbled daily by the courage our patients show when faced with the challenges of a diagnosis of end stage liver disease, the patience and hope they possess when waiting to receive a transplant, and the will and determination it takes to recover from the extensive surgery as well as the life changes and skills that must be learned and adhered to in order to successfully survive and thrive as a recipient of a solid organ transplant.