I was diagnosed in 2016 with Metastatic Breast Cancer (DeNovo), soon after my 30th birthday. At the time I was diagnosed, I worked as an Assistant Sous Chef at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and as Food and Beverage Manager at Mad River Mountain Ski Resort. I am currently being treated at Stefanie Spielman Breast Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Since diagnosis, I have spent time as a patient advocate for Metastatic Breast Cancer research, funding, and awareness both independently and with organizations such as Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Komen Columbus, Eli Lilly, Dr. Joe Explains, Cancer Support Community of Columbus, and Metavivor. I am an active public speaker, writer, and food blogger and have been featured/ seen on Al Jazeera News, AllRecipes.com, Everyday Health, People.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, Health.com, Our American Stories, Good Morning America, GMA Day, TheUnderbelly.org, and various other national, state and local news programs.
I am active in political outreach for metastatic breast cancer and have presented before the Ohio House and Senate Cancer Caucus in partnership with other advocates during Ohio MBC Action Day. I also served as the Chair of the 2018 Ohio Metsquerade. I am proud to have received proclamations from Ohio Governor John Kasich and Franklin County Commissioners for organizing the first ever Ohio Metastatic Breast Cancer Action Weeks in September of 2018; and the first ever Tori Geib Courage in Action Award named for my advocacy by Komen Columbus in 2019.
I have been honored to be chosen previously to serve as the Honorary Chair of Komen Columbus’ Race for the Cure and a mentor for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Hear My Voice Program, from which I am also and alumni.
I am a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (BA Criminal Justice & Sociology) and Columbus State Community College (Culinary Arts/ Baking and Pastry & Travel and Tourism). I currently live in Central Ohio with my family and dog Georgie. I enjoy traveling every chance I can.
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