In early July of 2022, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer had metastasized to my spine. I was also 24 weeks pregnant with our fourth child. Cancer was not on our radar at all throughout the first two trimesters. The diagnosis came as a complete shock.
As we started to deal with the reality of our new situation, we got to work assembling the best medical team we could hope for. I am being treated at UCSF by some of the very best oncologists, maternal fetal medicine doctors, and neurosurgeons on the planet. We were also immediately surrounded by the most incredible community of people from around the world who lifted Jeremy, the kids and I up from day one. We are eternally grateful and truly can’t imagine how we would navigate this long road without the amazing people we have around us.
Jeremy and I are going to use this site to keep people updated on the journey. Our community is incredible and has already held us up through the early chapters of this journey. Everyone keeps asking the same thing - how can we help? In addition to the support our family will undoubtedly need personally, we want to channel the generosity of our community to help as many people as possible.
So - like any good team of organizers - we have an ask.
I am lucky to be working with a world renown oncologist who is leading several clinical trials that could change the game for cancer patients like me. When we started seeking care for my cancer, Dr. Hope Rugo came up again and again as the person to work with - and I was lucky enough to get on her schedule. I also find her to be kind, funny, attentive, and empathetic. She is working on a number of clinical trials right now that could benefit me directly as well as thousands of other women. You can learn more about her research and donate here: https://givingtogether.ucsf.edu/hooverhope
We know we have a long journey in front of us but I am confident we can fight through. Thank you for your support and love every step of the way.