I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at the age of 30. Shortly after I turned 40, I was diagnosed with a local recurrence. I have been cancer free ever since. My identical twin sister is also a breast cancer survivor.
Professional Background and Education
I am a public relations and communications professional and am currently Director of Patient Advocacy at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). I have been active in patient advocacy since my diagnosis. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships
I am a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF). I also represented YSC on the Board of NBCC.
Why I Became an Advocate
I became an advocate because until I was diagnosed, I didn’t realize that young women get breast cancer. It is important for me to raise awareness of the disease and to advocate for other women so they don’t feel alone and isolated. I have been proud to serve as an advocate of Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates since our inception in April 2011.
Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests
I am a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD Program. I have a particular interest in family history and inherited breast cancer mutations; exercise and wellness; cancer survivorship; and quality of life issues.
American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)
American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)