At age 30 and with no family history suggesting the likelihood, Annie Goodman was diagnosed with Stage 2B triple negative breast cancer in 2012. Within months, the cancer had spread to her ovaries, lungs and brain. By the end of the year, she had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstruction, a complete hysterectomy and surgery to remove the tumors from her brain. Since her initial diagnosis, the cancer has progressed to stage IV, or metastatic disease.
During her treatment, Goodman was discovered to have the BRCA1 genetic mutation, which is closely linked to triple negative breast cancer. The BRCA1 mutation is a focus of research at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (RCINJ).
Unwilling to give in, Goodman has fought the disease every day while working to raise awareness about triple negative breast cancer. She became involved in the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, co-hosts The Stupid Cancer Show, a podcast for young adults battling cancer, and blogs regularly about her experiences in and out of the doctor’s office.
A former producer for the Fox News show Your World with Neil Cavuto, Goodman left her position in order to receive long-term disability support. She plans to return to television when able, but now dedicates her time to her own treatment and advocacy. She lives in New York City.