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Meet Jeannette Vagnozzi

Professor, Community Leader, Writer, and Breast Cancer Expert Patient. Jeannette shares her thoughts about treatment options and building a community of survivors.

It is amazing how much three little words can change a person’s life. On July 1, 2004, at the age of 39, I joined the millions of people who have heard the words, “You have cancer.” Suddenly breast cancer went from something I was still a bit too young to worry about to the stark reality of my life.

Breast cancer has a strong presence in my family, and with my diagnosis, my four sisters now fell into an even higher risk group. In an effort to share information with my sisters, as well as keep family and friends updated, I kept a blog of my experience (http://2hands.blogspot.com), which was featured in Parade Magazine. It was important for me to be public about my experience to bring awareness to how far breast cancer treatment has come, the importance of early detection, and to help others traveling the same journey. I was amazed to discover a supportive and caring cancer blogging community online. It became one more example of how the human connection and learning from each others’ experiences are invaluable. These connections inspired Traveling Hope, a community journal project for people who have been affected by cancer (you can read more about it at http://travelinghope.blogspot.com).

The issues specific to breast cancer that I am most passionate about include lobbying for more research that focuses on how it affects young women specifically, better aftercare for survivors, and balancing cancer and career.

I am a graduate of the University of La Verne, California with a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Leadership and Management. I am an administrator for the City of La Verne and also serve as an executive officer with the Southern California Water Utilities Association and a member of the Water Management Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies. I am an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne and also an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

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