Elissa has had a long career in nursing, public health, and informatics. After her metastatic triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis, Elissa became a research advocate after taking a friend’s advice to “become your own scientist.” Elissa began studying her cancer, attending research conferences, working alongside scientists in GRASP sessions, advocating through multiple MBC organizations, and mentoring individuals. Elissa looks forward to serving the MBC Alliance in any way she can.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
GRASP - Guiding Researchers & Advocates to Scientific Partnerships
GRASP empowers empower patients and researchers to exchange ideas and learn from each other. When patient advocates can inform the research process, we can drive more meaningful and fundable research that improves survival outcomes for breast cancer patients.Link to program
Living Beyond Breast Cancer Hear My Voice
Hear My Voice Advocates are trained to use their personal stories, statistics, and insights about metastatic breast cancer to increase awareness.Link to program
Society for Integrative Oncology
The Society for Integrative Oncology is a multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to studying how to apply evidence-based integrative medicine to cancer treatment.Link to program