Our voices, our stories

November 17, 2021

Watch time: 1 hr 18 min

A candid conversation with Black women from all walks of life about their breast cancer diagnosis, experiences with implicit racial bias and health inequalities, and how they overcame these obstacles to receive standard of care. 

Speaker & moderator

Monique Gary, DO, MSc, FACS is a board certified, fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, and medical director of the Grand View Health/Penn Cancer Network cancer program in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, where she also serves as director of the breast program. She is a member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer's medical advisory board. Read more.  


Racquel Jones, MA, a is a 48-year-old breast cancer survivor. She was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is a proud graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She currently works as an early intervention program (EIP) teacher in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, and lives in the Atlanta area with her two teenage daughters, Darian and Jenna. Read more. 

Brittany Shook was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2015 at age 27 and has been living as a metastatic breast cancer thriver since 2019. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is an advocate and public speaker. Read more. 


Shelli Clay diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in August 2019, was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the mother of two beautiful children, Glam-mommy of two adorable toddlers, and mommy of a shitzu named Lucky. Read more. 



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