I had the opportunity to meet Jane in person at AADE in Indianapolis last month, but we didn’t have much time to visit. I was looking forward to getting to know Jane better and hearing her story during the show.
From start to finish I was nothing but impressed with all that Jane has done. She’s a caregiver and teacher at the core. Before she even knew what it was to be a caregiver, even early days in the hospital with her diabetes diagnosis, she followed ‘Nurse Sue’ around the floor helping out with anything she could. I love that!
We talked a lot about how she balances her personal life with diabetes versus her life as a professional diabetes educator, and how sometimes that opposing pull creates a little bit of stress around what she shares. It was a very enlightening conversation.
Jane is very humble and won’t brag about herself, which means I get to do it for her. School ran out of degrees to give her. She has a PhD in nursing, which I think is pretty amazing. She’s involved herself in everything from directing clinical education at a diabetes camp to teaching a diabetes education and management masters program.
Jane is an amazing person with a drive to care for others and to teach. It was such a pleasure to share an hour with her and hear her story.
I hope you’ll listen to the show and also check out Jane’s blog, www.janekdickinson.com.