Publications in the public press with GBCA authors 

Jube 5, 2007, WASHINGTON (Reuters) - I felt anxious and slightly sick to my stomach as I stared at the nurse, who had just donned a blue smock and thick gloves and had carefully covered all exposed skin — mine and hers.

She picked up one of the two huge syringes and began slowly injecting the bright red liquid into the tube attached to my vein.

June 5, 2007, WASHINGTON (Reuters) - “Has anyone talked to you about your results?” the doctor asked me. And that’s when I knew I had breast cancer.

A week earlier, I’d had a biopsy after my physician found a slight abnormality in my right breast.

June 5, 2007, WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As a journalist, I know how to dig into a topic, ask questions and call complete strangers for advice. Never did I think I would use those skills to understand a disease that might kill me.

When I discovered I had breast cancer, I realized I had to learn all I could about it so I could make intelligent decisions and ensure I received the best medical care.

In June of 1999, I began graduate school at Georgetown University in the Tumor Biology program, and I quickly found the lab where I would spend the next five years doing breast cancer research. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to apply for a predoctoral training award from the DoD Breast Cancer Research Program, and I received the award as the principal investigator in 2001. During my time at Georgetown, I benefitted from training in a comprehensive cancer center where I made time each week to attend the Clinical Breast Cancer Conference. Though we were invited, I was one of the few academics who joined the medical, surgical, and radiological oncologists and pathologists as they discussed special or difficult clinical cases. This weekly meeting served as a touchstone, reminding me of the importance of considering the patient's perspective in my own academic research.