Knowledge is power: The Black breast cancer experience

October 28, 2021 07:00pm EDT to November 11, 2021 08:30pm EST
2021-10-28 19:00:00 2021-11-11 20:30:00 America/New_York Knowledge is power: The Black breast cancer experience  

We are excited to bring you this year’s Knowledge is power series to continue the discussion of disparities in breast cancer care. This year, we are also expanding the conversation to topics on how you can live well beyond your diagnosis.

During this empowering and informative three-part series, our experts will share strategies and tactics you can use if, and when, faced by roadblocks to getting the care you deserve. Our experts will also share tips on self-care and body positivity. In addition to experts, you’ll also hear from Black women diagnosed with breast cancer on their experiences with health inequalities and how they overcame challenges to find their way forward. 

This program is for those diagnosed with early-stage or metastatic breast cancer and the people in their lives that care about them.

There is no fee to attend this program, but you must register in advance to access the live sessions.

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Our voices, our stories

Our voices, our stories October 28 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Join us for 90 minutes of candid conversations 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.

Monique Gary, DO, MSc, FACS
Breast surgical oncologist and medical director
Grand View Health/Penn Cancer Network cancer program

Racquel Jones, MA, Early Childhood Education  
Diagnosed with DCIS in 2020 
Breast Cancer Survivor

Brittany Shook
Metastatic breast cancer thriver
Shelli Clay

Breast Cancer Survivor and Thriver

Radical self-care: Body, mind, and soul

Radical self-care: Body, mind, and soul November 4 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Self-care can make a significant difference to women during and after breast cancer treatment. Join us to learn the principles of self-care and healthier living that can help you cope and manage the emotions of your diagnosis, and improve your energy levels and your overall sense of well-being.

Aisha Chilcoat, ND, FABNO 
T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Program on Integrative Medicine 

Jacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS, LASW 
Creator in Chief 

Loving the skin you're in: Breast reconstruction, body image, and body positivity

Loving the skin you’re in: Breast reconstruction, body image, and body positivity November 11 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Racial disparities have been documented in many areas of healthcare, including plastic and breast reconstructive surgery. Join us as we talk about these disparities and provide practical information that will help you make an informed decision about breast reconstruction. During this session, we will also discuss body image, self-love, and body positivity.

Ericka Hart, MEd
Black queer femme activist, writer, and speaker
Adjunct faculty at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality

Julia C. Stevenson, MD 
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon 
Owner & Founder of Cardinal Plastic Surgery 

About our speakers
Session I:

Monique Gary, DO, MSc, FACSMonique 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. Read more


Racquel Jones, MA

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

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. Brittany is a graduate of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Hear My Voice advocacy program and co-coordinator of Young Survival Coalition’s Nashville chapter. She enjoys traveling domestically and internationally and spending time with family and friends.

Shelli Clay

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.

Session II:

Aisha Chilcoat, ND, FABNO

Aisha Chilcoat, ND, FABNO, is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor who earned her doctorate degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She completed several advanced trainings in Environmental Medicine and a two-year naturopathic oncology residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Chilcoat also holds advanced distinction as a certified practitioner from the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFMCP), and as a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). Read more.

Jacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS, LASWJacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS, LASW, is a pioneer in creating and conducting several landmark curricula for women healing from life-altering illness and trauma. Thrivorship®, her nationally recognized program for women breast cancer survivors, has been offered by cancer centers and organizations across the country. Her latest project, Realign, takes self-care to the next level, offering powerful tools to help women curate life-affirming experiences and adopt practices for building a new foundation to balance mind, body, and spirit. Read more

Session III:

Ericka Hart, M.EdEricka Hart, MEd, (pronouns: she/they) is a black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker, and award-winning sexuality educator with a master’s degree in education in human sexuality from Widener University. Ericka’s work broke ground when she went topless, showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Since then, she has been in demand at colleges and universities across the country, featured in countless digital and print publications like Vogue, The Washington Post, Essence, and more. They are currently an adjunct faculty member at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality. Read more.

Julia C. Stevenson, MDJulia C. Stevenson, MD, is a board certified plastic & reconstructive surgeon who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She is grateful for the unique educational foundation she received from Columbus Public Schools and the Columbus School for Girls. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, with a degree in biology where she is also a graduate of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College. Following her academic career at Hampton, Dr. Stevenson  earned her medical doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and then completed a rigorous 7-year plastic surgery residency at Penn State Hershey. In 2014, she was the first African American to graduate from the distinguished residency program. Read more.

About our moderator:

Tiah TomlinTiah Tomlin was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2015. She is a corporate professional and entrepreneur living in Atlanta. Tiah co-founded My Style Matters, LLC, a company that produces unique, stylish events to raise awareness and funding for worthwhile causes while encouraging healthy lifestyles. She is an advisor, guest speaker, team member, camp buddy, volunteer, and support group facilitator for a variety of organizations that focus on women’s and breast health, including serving as a Young Advocate for LBBC. Read more.

Knowledge is Power: The Black breast cancer experience is co-created by Living Beyond Breast Cancer staff and our Black Breast Cancer Advisory Board, which includes leaders of partner organizations: the Chrysalis Initiative, My Style Matters, Tigerlily Foundation, Touch the Black Breast Cancer Alliance, and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation; select members of LBBC Board of Directors and LBBC Medical Advisory Board.