Wellness that Works for You!

Stepping Forward, LLC

Lilly Mees, CEO/Owner

My Story
My journey began about 20 years ago when I was working in an Outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program as an Exercise Specialist. I had been feeling tired, hungry, losing weight, and frequently urinating for several weeks. I had no idea why, and asked one of the RN’s I  worked with what might be the cause of this? She preceded to tell me, “Lilly that sounds like diabetes.” I had no understanding of what diabetes was and no one in my family had diabetes. She encouraged me to speak with my doctor about it. The next day I went to work around 7:00 am in the morning and checked my blood sugar which was in the 300’s (fasting blood sugar target ranges 80-120). I thought surely this glucometer is not working. About an hour later my co-workers came in and I told them what transpired. They said, “Lilly you need to check it again.” I did and it was still in the 300’s, I went to the emergency department and there began the longest day of my life.
They had completed several tests and were able to confirm that I did have Type 1 Diabetes. Therefore, I would be insulin dependent for the rest of my life. After the SHOCK of it all, I realized that I did not want to become a victim and became empowered and took charge of this chronic disease, along with the help of my team. My goal is to help as many people as possible become empowered and overcome the obstacles that may be hindering them from living their best life! Let us partner with you on your journey to wholeness and healing.

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Stepping Forward is passionate about equipping and supporting those that want to break free from the constant struggle against chronic disease and are in need of supportive services. We provide empowering education, case management services and transformational life coaching. Stepping Forward is here to come alongside you to bring about the changes to move you forward and ultimately improve your quality of life!

Our focus is on these two core areas-
1. Diabetes Prevention and Management
  •  in a virtual, small group setting
  • Providing 1:1 coaching for those with who need an individual care plan and want to overcome barriers in their health journey
2. Patient Advocacy & Case Management
  • Assisting with navigating health care issues and various medical needs (referrals, medical appointments, transportation, communication with Providers, medication management, equipment, hospitalizations, and transition of care)
  • Ensure you receive adequate health care and assist you in understanding your rights as a patient. Help you address questions and concerns and provide supportive services
  • Providing community resources and services to enhance your quality of life and wellness needs. Includes; Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial, Physical, Environment, Occupational, and Social wellness

If you are ready to make a positive, life-changing difference in your life or the lives of others we are ready for your call or email!

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Our patient advocacy service is here to educate and guide patients through the healthcare system, advocating for their rights and ensuring they receive the best possible care. We partner with Solace who offers insurance coverage (no cost) for Medicare and Medicare Advantage patients. Contact me, then utilize their link below and request Lilly Mees as your Patient Advocate representative to ensure you get the services you need! https://www.solace.health


Before, during, or after your medical treatments we work with your medical professionals, and all others involved in healthcare to ensure you are receiving the most appropriate, comprehensive and excellent care available. We partner with Solace who offers insurance coverage (no cost) for Medicare and Medicare Advantage patients. Contact me, then utilize their link below and request Lilly Mees as your Patient Advocate representative to ensure you get the services you need! https://www.solace.health


Our Certified Diabetic Educators provide 1:1 and small-group Diabetes and wellness coaching for those with Pre-Diabetes, Type 1, or 2 Diabetes. We are dedicated to partnering with you so you can live your best life possible.

Diabetes and diabetes-related health complications can be serious and costly. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for an estimated $327 billion in medical costs plus lost work and wages. Beyond the medical, diabetes can take a serious toll on your quality of life. It effects your physical, mental, and emotional well-being as well. While there currently is no cure for diabetes, there are a lot of things you can do to manage it and its health complications.

We would love to partner with you to set attainable goals, overcome the anxiety, fear and struggles you face. Our person-centered approach allows you to experiencing the positive changes you want through our comprehensive, holistic coaching and team approach. Taking action today with a few simple steps and the Stepping Forward team can make a huge difference for the rest of your life!

Call or email us now to learn more and connect with your life-changing program!

Your Stepping Forward team provides education and self-management skills to empower those with Diabetes to be proactive about their health needs and concerns. Studies have shown that keeping A1c and blood pressure on target for those with Type 2 Diabetes reduces the risk of death and complications by up to 35%. Other studies for those with Type 1 Diabetes revealed that keeping your A1c below 7% reduced the risk of eye, kidney and nerve disease by up to 76%!

Our team implements evidence-based education and support to assist you with increasing your knowledge, improving your health, reducing complications, and lessening the burden of care for those living with Diabetes. We provide group sessions and 1:1 coaching that includes:
• Nutritional Counseling
• Physical Activity Guidelines
• Medication Management
• Blood Sugar Monitoring & Technology
• Problem Solving
• Health Coping & improving Mental Health
• Reducing Complications
• Care Management (resources, referrals & more)

Contact us at info@SteppingForward.net to get started!
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Our fun, informative group sessions are interactive and are designed to help you understand how diabetes can effect you and show you the many ways you can overcome and avoid the many complications that this chronic disease can cause.

Knowing not just what to do but how to do it is KEY. This is where Stepping Forward can make a difference! You will have a team available of Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, Registered Dieticians, Clinical Social Workers, Nurses, and Clinical Exercise Specialists ready to partner with you to achieve the success you want for yourself.

Our team implements evidence-based education with a person-centered approach that will assist you with increasing your knowledge, improving your health, reducing complications, and lessening the burden of care. We start where you are at and offer support, encouragement, education and accountability that you are wanting. Our goal is to increase your quality of life, reduce lost work days, minimizing episodes requiring emergency care, limit hospitalizations and reduce the anxiety and depression that uncontrolled blood sugars levels can cause.

Our weekly interactive Diabetes Education & Support Groups are limited to 10 individuals. This allows individuals to receive the attention and the focus needed while providing motivation and encouragement from fellow group members. New groups are forming every two to four weeks. Contact us at info@SteppingForward.net to learn more and connect with this life-changing experience!

Our robust one on one Diabetes Coaching is available when you are, we individualize a care plan where you decide what you want to accomplish! We provide education on nutrition, exercise, medications, emotional health, ways to reduce complications, monitoring blood sugars and the latest technology and patient advocacy. Each one of our team members offer a free 20-minute consultation to discuss your needs and our services. Our goals it to help you improve your quality of life, and allow you to be empowered to live your best life! Contact us today at info@SteppingForward.net, for a free consultation and send us your questions. We look forward to serving you!
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Starting Thursday, July 11th, 2024, we have a new group forming. This weekly, 60-minute virtual Diabetes education support group will provide valuable information to help you take control of your Diabetes. The fee for this support group is only $35.00 per month. This interactive group includes discussion on the following topics and much more: 1. Getting the Most Out of Your Health Care Team; 2. The Consequences of Not Taking Care of Your Diabetes; 3. The Latest Advances in Research, Medications and Treatments; 4. Coping with the Nutritional, Physical & Mental Challenges of Diabetes. Sign Up Today! A confirmation email with all the details will follow.

  • Date: 7/11/2024 06:00 PM
  • Location Online Event

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  • PO Box 272 Cortaro, AZ 85652

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