Twenty five years ago, Debbie recognized that
she was learning valuable lessons while raising Heather and Logan. Important lessons and insights were also gained while successfully overcoming
her own personal challenges. Realizing that when she dies the lessons she has
learned will die with her, preventing other people from benefiting, ignited her
passion to write her story. "Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting
Life's Challenges" is her memoir, written to teach and inspire other people and make
a positive difference in their lives.
In the past she has educated over 2,000 medical students and presented her experience to the Council of Deans of the American Association of medical colleges at their national meeting. She gave the capstone presentation to first year medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She worked with government agencies to help her children achieve independence and gain education. Her daughter, Heather, has a bachelor's degree in psychology and her son, Logan, is self-employed as an artist with an associate's degree in graphic design. Together they speak publicly, sharing their stories and teaching people how to overcome challenges.
While overcoming her challenges Debbie developed a successful business as a self-employed hairstylist, owns her own salon, teaches aerobics. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking and skiing in SLC, Utah where she lives with her husband, Dr Lynn Jorde. She is currently setting an example of accepting and overcoming her recent challenge of having Multiple Sclerosis. She is an avid supporter of the non-profit organization, the Foundation for Nager and Miller syndrome. "Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges" is her first book.