I would LOVE to be eligible for your next Model Search of 2020!!
I am 5’8 and currently weigh 225 pounds.
I have dark brown hair, hazel eyes, light-medium skin with neutral and yellow undertones. I am considered Caucasian, but my father, is from Germany and Ireland and my mother, is from Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
Growing up my culture was a vivid combination of home spoken Czechoslovakian language and Yiddish. Also, Grand Ballroom Dancing (which my mother did professionally world-wide) with a huge focus on family values and fields directly related to healthcare!
My mother, Suzanne, studied as a radiology nurse, under a prominent Cardiovascular Surgeon, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach California. My father, John, studied at Pomona College and became a Doctor of Chiropractic. He went on to open a low-cost clinic in Downtown Los Angeles in the early to mid 1990’s. Sadly, in 1994 his office building was burned down during the Los Angeles Riots.
Yet, I had also caught the healthcare bug!! Starting at age 19 and for the past 21 years I have been a Certified Master In-Home Healthcare Provider. Currently, I am an; EMT II (Certified Emergency Medical Technician), CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), COTA (Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant), PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant), MDCG- Master Dementia Caregiver, CDALZD-Certified Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Disease SPECIALIST and Memory Care Direct Care Supervisor.
Certifications in First Responder CPR/AED/First Aid, ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support), BLS (Basic Life Support), Blood Bourne Pathogens, WOUND; PREVENTION, DIAGNOSIS, STAGES AND TREATMENT.
Additionally, I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology, a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration focusing on Patient Advocacy, more than 90 Advanced Education Course Certifications, Education from John’s Hopkins University and Specialty Recognition in the fields of Cardiac Care, Stroke Recovery, Dementia Stages I-IV, Alzheimer’s Disease, Diabetic Neuropathy and Renal Failure, Neurological Disorders and many more health issues requiring on going constant care.
My daily life is also a health crisis, with every single day presenting anywhere from mild, moderate to severe struggles.
I suffer from three serious conditions; Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and as a result I have been 90% plus blind in my left eye since 2012. Soon after my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, I began having uncontrollable Gran Mal and Tonic-Clonic Seizures. Within weeks I was dual-diagnosed with Adult Epilepsy and an autoimmune disorder.
Prior to these diagnosis’ in 2001, when I was 21 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage 3A Ovarian Cancer that had metastasized to my lymphatic system. I battled cancer, four surgeries, three rounds of Chemotherapy and 6 rounds of Centralized Radiation until I was 25 years old.
But, despite all of my health scares, I KNOW I am a FIGHTER!!! I still strive everyday to live my life to the fullest. I have learned, from being in Surgical Menopause at age 21, to LOVE MY BODY FOR HOW STRONG IT IS…AFTER ALL IT HAS BEEN THROUGH! SO WHAT IF I HAVE 20 PLUS EXTRA POUNDS?!
MY BODY IS BEAUTIFUL!
MY BODY IS STRONG!
IT IS A MEDICAL MARVEL!!
IT IS EXCEPTIONAL!
IT CAN DO AMAZING…EXTROIDINARY THINGS!!!
EVERY INCH OF MY BODY IS BEAUTIFUL, EVERY SCAR TELLS A STORY, EVERY STRETCH MARK…A WELL EARNED MILESTONE!