CARE (Cancer, Access, Resource, Equity) Advocates are leaders in the cancer community to help increase access to Imerman Angels’ free peer-to-peer support service in underrepresented communities.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and I know there was a lot I needed to learn and face throughout my journey.
I identify as a young Latina woman and I had no idea my risk was high – I was blindsided. Young women and Latinx communities may not understand their risk or realize simple facts shape your outlook during a time of being diagnosed and going through treatment. Being diagnosed does not mean you have to feel defeated. It means you can step up and embrace the challenge that will also empower you with strength you never knew you had.
As a mother of 2 and under 40yrs of age, I would have never expected to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 36 with no family history
As an African American woman I knew the challenges I would face and the lack of resources available, so I used my experience as a healthcare professional to become an advocate for myself and others. It is my responsibility to make my pain my purpose and to use my voice to educate the importance of equality care for all.
I was also the primary caregiver for my Mom while she battled mesothelioma and my Granny while she battled stomach cancer.
Both of my personal journeys with cancer have left me feeling like an outlier. I didn’t fit in the demographic of people that were also battling cancer at the same time I was. I was too old or too young or the only POC. It is time to highlight, connect and support folx from marginalized groups who are fighting cancer.
I help cancer patients, caregivers and families face fear and anxiety by sharing my husband’s journey and our family story to offer hope and courage.
The feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, loneliness and isolation while on a cancer journey can be debilitating. I know this intimately. I hope my caregiver lens and experience can be used to strengthen others to seek options and find support for the whole caregiving journey through palliative, hospice and grief stages.
I was diagnosed as a newly-wed young Asian American / immigrant woman. I’m also a family caregiver to my mother who also had cancer.
I have a special interest in advocating for holistic health (including mental/emotional health) for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) and minority cancer communities. I want to learn more and grow as a cancer advocate. I would love to see those who are underrepresented in cancer communities become empowered through my advocacy.