She developed the role of Diabetes Educator at San Francisco General Hospital. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, she has provided education for nurses and allied health professionals and has successfully counseled thousands of patients with diabetes. With an MS in health education from San Francisco State University, she has spoken at clinical conferences and on KTVA, The Maria Sanchez Show.
She writes a monthly Health Education column about behavioral change and adjustment to the loss caused by illness. She has taught journal writing classes on grief and loss at John Muir Women’s Health Center and the Wellness Community in Walnut Creek. Her writing has appeared in: The Hartford Current, Oakland’s Montclarian and The Ojai Ventura View. She has contributed personal essays to Wednesday Writers, 10 Years of Writing Women’s Lives, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and Something That Matters: Life, Love, and Unexpected Adventures in the Middle of the Journey. She was a 2010 semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. The introduction to Both Sides Now, a nurse's story, her memoir about her own cancer experience appears in the current Coping With Cancer Magazine, March/April 2012. Please visit her site at: http://www.mary-jomurphy.org/