I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Sustainability at Nipissing University. My doctoral research “The Extraordinary Gifts Received from Living with a Chronic Illness” investigated perceptions of living with chronic illness and disability. I have also pursued research surrounding living with chronic illness, the journeys of students living with chronic illness and their mothers’ perceptions of their child’s schooling experience, holistic strategies to living with chronic illness, HIV/AIDS collaborative educational research, academic evaluations in mentorship, and critical friendship. I am a faculty member at Conestoga College in the School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services. Here, I work in the Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development program. In addition to my academic pursuits, I was invited to be a member of Conceivable Dreams, an advocacy group devoted to promoting funded Assistive Reproductive Techniques. My husband and I have experienced the benefits of IVF first-hand when they had their daughter in 2014 and are hoping to continue to grow their family through IVF. I am also an advocate for those living with chronic illness and disabilities. I have been living with a chronic illness for 12 years and have had many life altering interventions. I live with regular intravenous hydration and a permanent ileostomy.