JO LYNN COLLINS
Being diagnosed de novo with Metastatic Breast Cancer in February 2019 was a life-changing event for me, but it is not life-defining. I am still a mother, sister, daughter, friend, and lifelong learner with an intense passion for sharing my knowledge and experience to serve others. As a young graduate of Marshall University in the early 1990s, I enjoyed working in healthcare as a Certified Athletic Training for several years before discovering my true love of teaching at a private high school in Savannah, Georgia. During my time as a former Army spouse, I lived in Germany for 4 years, working as a college tutor for military veterans and substitute teaching at a United States Department of Defense high school. After returning to my home state of West Virginia, I became a mom and eventually made a formal career change into the field of Special Education for young children.
Advocacy has always been part of my world, both personally and professionally, whether it is rescuing stray cats and dogs in the neighborhood or standing up and speaking out for anyone who needs a strong voice. I am currently focusing my attention and energy towards helping people who have MBC connect with resources or support through education and relationship-building. It is my hope to make a difference in the MBC community by empowering others to live each day with peace, joy, and intention. In my free time, I enjoy nature walks, reading, exploring a variety of new interests, and traveling as much as possible.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Project Life is a virtual wellness house for those living with metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones; a survivorship platform strictly for MBC.Link to program
Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance
As the only organization in the US dedicated to Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer (ILC), LBCA’s mission is to make all who are touched by ILC aware of its unique characteristics and the critical need for more ILC research.Link to program