Amy was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer as well as extensive ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in 2017 at the age of 38. After treatment she went back to her life as a newly married assistant professor, teaching biology and conducting research in microbiology and team learning. But things change, and she was diagnosed with a pleural effusion and other distant metastases in 2020. Progression on the first drug regimen was rapid, and this led to her retirement from academia and immersion into first the science and community of MBC and then advocacy.
Amy’s advocacy efforts have been diverse and include legislative, peer to peer support and mentoring, and of course research and education. The latter two are her passions and where she thinks she can make the biggest difference, utilizing the skills she gained professionally as both a scientist and an educator. Amy is excited to continue to work as an advocate mentor with GRASP, peer mentor and volunteer science researcher with Project Life MBC, a trained peer support group leader and patient advocate reviewer with METAvivor, legislative advocate with the NBCC, and new member of the MBC Alliance.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Project Life MBC
I am working with Project Life MBC as a trained peer mentor, writing a science column for the newsletter, and helping to report back from meetings as well as provide educational opportunities for the community.Link to program