January 6, 2014
Breast cancer didn’t beat me. But the term survivor just doesn’t feel right.
In June 1999, a new bride, I moved to Arlington to attend graduate school at Georgetown University. My husband was starting a postdoctoral fellowship at the FDA, and I had chosen the Tumor Biology Training Program at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown. Lombardi has a nationally re-nowned breast cancer program, and I soon settled into a lab doing breast cancer research alongside many talented scientists.
Five years later, a few months after the birth of my first child, I defended my dissertation, received a Ph.D. for my work (in the area of the progression of breast cancer to hormone independence) and left science to stay home with my new baby girl in our home in Westover.