In 2003, at the age of 23, my son was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and needed surgery followed by several different therapies. Nine years later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I completed my treatment, I decided I wanted to do something meaningful as a way of expressing my gratitude for the wonderful care both my son and I had received.
I signed up to be a member of the Community Cancer Panel in 2013, and since then, have been involved in a number of projects where I provide feedback from a community perspective.
The people working in medical research are amazing. They are so dedicated and work extremely hard. Being involved in the Community Cancer Panel is my way of helping the people who’ve helped me.