Michelle has been a registered nurse for 33 years. Her nursing career has included working in labor and delivery, OB/GYN offices, breast health navigation and hereditary cancer education. She was awarded the Nurse Navigator of the Year in 2012 by Health Monitor and the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators. She decided to pursue grad school to advocate for and be able to provide care for the cancer/hereditary/high risk for cancer populations. She will graduate in May 2018 from Gonzaga University with a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Michelle will be practicing in Missoula after graduation.
Michelle has a very personal story to share about her own journey with a diagnosis of hereditary breast cancer at age 38. She believes in patient education and empowerment so that people can make informed decisions about their care. Her beloved sister Sherri was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30 and died at age 33 from brain and bone metastasis. Michelle remains inspired by her sister in the passionate care she provides to her patients and their families.
Michelle is honored to present to her Silver Lining Sisters on the topic of hereditary cancer and to share her personal story. She will review her own family’s pedigree and discuss basic genetics, red flags for genetic testing, identifying high risk patients, why knowing this information may help with treatment choices at the time of diagnosis with cancer, what a Previvor is and the choices they have, privacy laws and pyscho/social aspects of testing. This presentation to her Silver Lining Sisters will be the icing on the cake for her as she finishes her degree and heads off to graduation!