I have always taken a liking to science and math—even as a kid. My passion for research and discovery shaped my college experience and led me on a path to pursuing my dream career helping to discover medications for cancer patients with little or no treatment options.
I never thought that one day, the patient would be me.
The day I became a cancer patient was also the day I became a cancer survivor. I’ll never forget getting diagnosed at age 36 with Stage II Breast Cancer and thinking to myself you are brave, you will give this fight everything that you have. My determination stemmed in part from my son, who was three at the time, and the countless other women who are fighting for another birthday, Christmas or summer vacation. I knew that the battle I had been fighting for so many years in the lab had suddenly become the very battle that would hopefully save my life and allow me to continue my search for a cure.