About Me

In July 2005, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. I was treated at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and took part in a phase 1 clinical trial using Selenium along with taxol and carboplatin. In 2006, I heard that my CT scans were NED( No Evidence of Disease). 

Two and half years after completing treatments I learned that I had recurred. I had surgery( spleen removed and liver resectioned) followed by chemotherapy. I was told on May 8, 2009 that I was disease free. 

I have attended the LiveSTRONG Survivors Summits in 2006 and 2008 and volunteered as a Foundation leader for central NJ. I also volunteer with the NJ National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation, the Cancer Hope Network, the Teal Tea Foundation and the Cancer Support Community Central NJ. 

I am a member of the workgroup for the Gynecologic Cancer chapter of the NJ Cancer Control Plan and the Mercer County Chronic Disease Coalition. In June 2011, I was was chosen to be a Focus on Research Scholar and attended the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)  Conference. I had the privilege of attending ASCO again in 2012 and 2015 as a patient advocate on a Conquer Cancer Foundation scholarship.

I have been a Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Patient blogger since November 2012. 

In 2014 I attended the Stanford MedX Conference as a MedX e-patient scholar. While attending the conference I took part in the IDEO Design Challenge. Using design thinking and with a team of physicians and designers we developed a way help patients to understand what will happen when cancer treatment is completed.

Christina Lizaso and I co founded the #gyncsm (gynecologic cancer social media) community on Twitter in 2013. We co-moderator a monthly #gyncsm chat on the second Wednesday at 9pm EST. (More information can be found on Twitter :@gyncsm and on our blog:  gyncsm.blogspot.com). 

I am honored to be a the patient voice and co-author (along with Dr Don Dizon) of the book 100 Questions and Answers about Ovarian Cancer( published 9/15) .  
Member: ASCO 2015