Welcome to this blog on breast cancer. I'm Lillie Shockney, a nurse, author, Associate Professor and administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. I'm also a breast cancer survivor.
I've worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983 as a nurse with a special focus on cancer patients. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 when I was 38 years old and again at age 40. As a result of flipping to "the other side of the rail" -- being a nurse who became a cancer patient -- I turned my energy toward helping other women who would "wear my bra" in the future, as well as helping their families.
I am tireless in my passion to educate women so breast cancer can be caught early, greatly increasing the likelihood of survival. When breast cancer is diagnosed, I work not just to help people cope with their diagnoses and treatments, but -- equally important to me -- to help them live full lives following treatment.
My personal and professional experiences have given me a wonderful opportunity to meet, talk with, and help thousands of women all over the world. I've been blessed with many honors, and I'm invited to speak on breast cancer topics in places as far away as Saudi Arabia and as close as the other side of my office desk.
I love teaching and sharing information, whether that's one-on-one, with large audiences, in small classes, through the nonprofit organization I co-founded called Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer, or through my writing, including my book, Breast Cancer Survivors' Club: A Nurse's Experience, which Mothers Supporting Daughters is selling as a fundraiser.
And I'm looking forward to hearing from you.