Johanna D’Addario is 2018 Honorary Walk Chair
Johanna D’Addario has faced life altering decisions that many never have to think about their entire lives. She watched her father die from a rare type of stomach cancer. And after discovering she carried the same mutated gene that caused her father’s cancer, she decided to have her stomach removed. She was later diagnosed with breast cancer and opted for a double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery.
Through it all she has maintained an attitude of hope and a firm conviction that knowing your family medical history can help you take a proactive approach to staying healthy.
Johanna graduated with honors from Quinnipiac University and works with cancer patients as a physician’s assistant at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has shared her personal story at various venues, including the Alphi Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity regional conference in Milford and at the Allied Health Services Department at the University of Connecticut. She was featured in the 2012 documentary “My Decision.”
Over the next few months Johanna will share her thoughts about life, her ongoing recovery, and the decisions she still faces as a young married woman thinking about starting a family.
Today, at age 34 and healthy, D’Addario is bringing a message of hope as she walks the marathon in the fall.
She wants people to be aware of their family medical history, to get genetic testing if necessary, and know that there are others like herself who are making tough decisions and taking charge of their future. “None of us is alone in the changes that come after a breast cancer diagnosis.” she said.
Over the next few weeks, TBBCF will post Johanna’s blogs and musings via its social media network.