Erin, Stage 2B, Colorado

Erin’s Journey: From Triple Positive Breast Cancer Survivor to Patient Advocate

A career revolving around breast cancer didn’t prepare me for my own diagnosis.

Unexpected Turn: Navigating My Own Diagnosis

2019 had the making of a magical year for me…

In February, I was on a beach in Florida celebrating my 40th birthday, dreaming about what this year would hold for me. I had my sights set on big goals; both personally and professionally. Little did I know that in only a few short weeks my life would be turned upside down, when I became the patient in same oncology space that I’d been working in.

On March 26, I would receive the news that I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma breast cancer (stage 2b) and in early April 2019, I’d start marathon treatment journey with Triple Positive (HR+/PR+/HER2+) breast cancer.

At the time of my diagnosis, I had been working in the field of metastatic breast cancer and I had a baseline knowledge above the average patient and had relationships with some of the most brilliant minds in breast oncology. Despite all of this, I found myself feeling overwhelmed, scared, unsure, sad, angry, and anxious but I also was grateful that I had a care team that I knew I could trust to take great care of me. This would turn into one of the greatest gifts during this very difficult time in my life.

A Journey of Resilience: Facing Stage 2B Breast Cancer

As a breast cancer survivor, I have a renewed purpose to serve not only the women that will be diagnosed after me but to honor those that have battled this disease before me. I am here to empower women and to help them feel confident with their treatment decisions. I want to help woman navigate through this journey and to show them there is so much hope on the other side of cancer.

Empowered by Experience: Transitioning to Patient Advocacy

In November 2021, I made the decision to leave my 18+ year career in the pharmaceutical and breast cancer diagnostic industry and start the next chapter of my career to coach newly diagnosed women. In addition, I’m working closely with industry to develop true patient-focused business strategies.

A Message from Learn Look Locate

Erin’s transformation from a stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma survivor to a passionate patient advocate is an inspiration to the Learn Look Locate community. Her unique perspective, having worked in the oncology field, underscores the importance of empowering and supporting those navigating breast cancer. We are proud to share her story and mission.