I am a licensed acupuncturist in San Francisco focused on supporting women with breast cancer. Community work has been a part of my life since I was two years old. My mother would often bring me to nursing homes where she worked as a nurse, and I would spend time visiting with residents or helping where I could. I became a hospice volunteer at 19. When I moved to San Francisco in 2008, I started volunteering at Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic, which provides complimentary integrative care to under-served women with cancer. It was through my work with this incredible clinic that I first heard about Breast Cancer Action and soon began following the organization’s campaigns.
Both understanding the risk of developing breast cancer and being diagnosed are overwhelming in so many respects. Navigating conflicting sources of information, learning how to get the most from medical visits, and finding the right support are all ways in which Breast Cancer Action helps women dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. Information empowers all of us to work with medical professionals to determine the best screening and treatment options, decide how to donate our money to the cause, how to get involved and become an activist, and even how to be there for a loved one facing a health crisis. Information also helps us see through some of the messaging around breast cancer that is not always helpful.
As a Community Leader, I have two primary goals. The first is to promote Breast Cancer Action’s available resources in my community. The second is to listen to the stories and experiences from my community and inform Breast Cancer Action so we can explore more ways to support and effect change.