Dee

Patient Leader

Dee worked as an engineer and teacher prior to being diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer (OC) in 2005. Encouraged by her gynecologic oncologist, she attended the LiveSTRONG Survivor’s Summit and launched her vocation as an OC advocate. She shares her story and information about OC and cancer research on Twitter as well as on her blog, Women Of Teal. Since completing treatment for a recurrence she took part in the Stanford MedX IDEO challenge as an e-patient scholar, attended ASCO Annual Meetings, and in 2019 presented at the ASCO annual meeting on the needs of women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers . She co-founded the #gyncsm community for those whose lives have been impacted by a gynecologic cancer on Twitter. She co-authored 100 Questions and Answers about Ovarian Cancer with Dr. Don S. Dizon. She serves as a Patient Advocate on the Scientific Review Board and Community Advocacy Council at Rutgers Cancer Center of New Jersey as well as the ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. “ My efforts to raise awareness and increase the funding of ovarian cancer research are dedicated to the women whose lives have been taken by ovarian cancer.”

Location

Hightstown, NJ

Nominations

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

Dee

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