Patient Leader

I am a wife and mother, who has worked as a chemical engineer and teacher. In 2005, at the age of 50, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. After completing treatment in 2006, I attend the Lance Armstrong Foundation Survivors Summit in Austin ,Texas. That experience gave rise to my activities an ovarian  cancer advocate. I have served as a member of the  Gynecologic Cancers Workgroup for the NJ Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, was on the Board of Directors of the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation ( 2007-2010) , and attended the American Society of Clinical Oncologists ( ASCO) Annual Meetings in 2011 and 2012. I am also a support volunteer with the Cancer Hope Network. I have presented workshops on Cancer Research, Clinical Trials  and Advocacy at the Cancer Support Community - Central New Jersey and have written an article for Oncolyte -  a publication of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  Since 2007, I have shared my experience as an ovarian cancer survivor as well as information about ovarian cancer through my blog Women Of Teal ( and for the past year have been a patient blogger for the Society of Gynecologic Ongologist's website. In August of 2013, I cofounded the #gyncsm ( gynecologic cancer social media) community, in which I co-moderate a monthly twitter chat on topics of interest to those impacted by gynecologic cancers.


Hightstown, NJ


Health Activist Hero

Dee has helped galvanize a collaboration of patients, advocates, doctors and others to participate in evolving gynecologic cancer community, #gyncsm. Her dedication and efforts make a difference in the lives of others looking for community and help at a time of need.  — Matthew


You Might Also Like

Diana Bosse

Best in Show: Facebook Nominee

Matt Pappas

Best in Show: Blog Nominee

Best in Show: Podcast Nominee