Ann Marie Potter began volunteering for YSC in 2004 to support her sister riding in the Tour de Pink. In 2005, at the age of 38 she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. At the time of diagnosis her children were 11 months, 2 years and 3 years of age. YSC became a place to connect with other women with small children dealing with breast cancer. At the YSC annual conference in 2007, Ann Marie learned about the role of advocates in research. In 2009 she attended the NBCC’s Project LEAD Workshop and in 2010 completed the Project LEAD institute. She served as the Chair of the Quality of Life work group for the YSC Research Think Tank and has served as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Breast Cancer Research Program.
Ann Marie is a full time Lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Department at Elizabethtown College. In this role, she shifted her research agenda to focus on breast cancer survivorship. She has led graduate research projects looking at the role change after breast cancer and the impact of breast cancer on cognition, activities and participation. Her research has been presented at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association Conferences. Research on the impact of metastatic breast cancer on activities and participation was presented at the 2nd Advanced Breast Cancer Consensus Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Inspired by Project Lead, Ann Marie enrolled in a PhD program in Health Related Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a doctoral candidate completing her dissertation: The Impact of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer on Cognition and Functional Performance: A comparative analysis of survey data take a three time points post-treatment.