Sueann was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34. After finishing treatment, she dedicated herself to breast cancer advocacy by volunteering with YSC, including representing YSC on the board of the California Association of Breast Cancer Organizations and as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. She is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project® LEAD advocate training and brings the perspective of young women with breast cancer to her work with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Bay Area Breast Science Advocacy Core.
Inspired by the excellent nursing care she received during her cancer treatment, Sueann went back to school to become an oncology nurse. Sueann received her nursing education at UCSF and is currently finishing her Masters work in the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist program there, were she is also completing minors in Genomics and Palliative Care. Her Masters thesis is focused on predictors of sleep disturbance in patients undergoing chemotherapy. She is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice and an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Scholarship.