I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, shortly before my 51st birthday. I completed treatment a little over one year later.
Professional Background and Education
I retired from the practice of law in 2015. I have been a breast cancer patient advocate since 2011. In 1978, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to obtain my law degree from American University Washington College of Law and a Masters in Law in Taxation from Georgetown University.
Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships
I am a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, an Advocate in Science with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and a member of Kesher Nashim – Congregation Beth El (an organization that supports women with cancer).
Why I Became an Advocate
Initially I became an advocate as a way for me to come to terms with my own breast cancer experience. I subsequently learned that the life-saving treatment I received started from a grant by the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program that requires the participation of advocates and promotes innovative, high impact research. This opened my eyes to how effective research can change the course of this disease and the lives of so many people and I want to be a part of that, helping to direct research so that it is relevant and impactful.
Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests
I am a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD Program. I also attended the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Conference and Mini Med School in 2015. I am particularly interested in having input on the direction of breast cancer research and serving as a mentor to those who are newly diagnosed. I have been a member of GBCA since 2011.
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)