More than 8 years ago, I met Jan at a training. She was there to train me to be a phone and email volunteer for PAGER. It was immediately apparent that Jan was passionate about the subject of gastroesophageal reflux in children. Jan became my mentor and was always available to chat via email if I had a question or concern to run by her. Then, a couple of years ago, Jan encouraged me to become a part of the HealthCentral Experts on Gastroesophageal reflux. Once again, she mentored me and helped me to learn the process. She was always available to bounce ideas off of or to just ask “Can you get in to the website?”
If you read anything that Jan has written inlcuding her book, her shareposts, her website or her blogs you cannot miss her passion for the subject and her compassion toward the children and families affected by reflux is apparent. You only have to read one answer she wrote to a parent to see how much she cared. She was relentless in her pursuit of new information and new equipment available. It was equally important to her to educate not only families but also pediatricians about pediatric reflux.
Ironically, the most poignant example I have of her dedication is in the email she wrote to me to last week. In it she apologized for being out of the loop and explained that despite being in the hospital she was now hooked up to the internet and she would make the most of her time by answering questions and writing shareposts. She was just that dedicated!
I have never met anyone with as much dedication to educating families and with as much desire to help children with gastroesophageal reflux. I will greatly miss my friend and my mentor.