Hi! My name is Kate. I am a new graduate from MacEwan’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, exercising, being outside, and playing the piano. I completed my Grade 8 Royal Conservatory and began teaching piano lessons in 2008. In December, I finished my Nursing Degree and completed my nursing preceptorship in Transplant at the University of Alberta. I currently work for the Surgery Float Pool at the University of Alberta and the Acute Palliative Unit in Camrose. I have always wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 5 years old and Celiac Disease when I was 12. I spent lots of time in and out of the hospital, which really influenced my career choice. I enjoy helping others and I am very passionate about diabetes. I started a support group in 2011 for Adults in Alberta with Type 1 Diabetes that has become a very successful area for people to share, learn and grow through the knowledge of others. I have an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor to help monitor my glucose readings. I have had diabetes for 18 years and I am still learning more about this disease and myself every day. It isn’t always easy managing but it has made me much more aware of myself and has given me the opportunity to meet some really great people.
Some other things I enjoy include going to the cabin, skiing, bike rides, going to the gym, spin class, and watching Netflix. My boyfriend and I love coffee and food so we enjoy trying new cafés and restaurants in and around the city. With Celiac, I do not eat any gluten and I also try to consume a lower carb diet. I have found that it helps with my blood sugar levels and makes it a bit easier to maintain my weight. In the last two years I have been able to gain some muscle and lose 20lbs through proper eating and exercise. I think I really started to realize how important it was for me to take proper care of myself when I started working in the hospital.
After my first shift working in one of the transplant clinics, I called my mom crying because I saw what could potentially happen to me if I didn’t take care of my diabetes. It was a huge eye opener. I work hard to manage my disease because I want to be healthy for a long time and don’t want to end up on dialysis or blind. Thinking of the potential complications really motivates me to eat properly and exercise because these are things that I can control when it comes to having diabetes. Growing up, I was very involved in activities such as ringette, soccer, and softball. When I stopped playing sports, I started going to the gym and lifting weights. It took me awhile to realize that your body composition can change significantly without the number on the scale going down.
I have never enjoyed doing cardio before I joined Spinunity in January. It’s so different from any cardio I’ve ever done. The lights, music, atmosphere and motivational instructors make the time fly by. I would recommend Spinunity to anyone who typically doesn’t enjoy cardio and wants to have fun while getting his or her sweat on! Being active is important to me because it increases my mood and energy levels while decreasing my stress levels. Sometimes the most difficult part of exercising is getting the motivation to get up and go, but I have never regretted my decision afterwards. I always leave class feeling more positive, happier, and stronger. Spin class is an opportunity where I can really challenge myself physically and mentally. I’m very thankful that I found Spinunity and I would recommend it to anyone I know!
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