Lianne grew up in southern Illinois, just outside of St. Louis, Mo. She attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Communication Disorders. After graduation, she moved to Chicago, Illinois. She spent 14 years there working as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist at the nonprofit Easter Seals DuPage, and in private practice throughout the city of Chicago. Lianne specialized in treating young children, toddlers, and infants with neuro-motor impairments impacting communication, feeding and swallowing.
In January 2014, at the age of 37, her life came to a standstill with a diagnosis of Stage 2 Breast Cancer. Her diagnosis was followed by an intensive year of surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. By December of that same year, she was declared "cancer free." But, despite catching it early and pursuing aggressive treatment, 18 months after her initial diagnosis her cancer returned. In June 2016, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Knowing that there is no cure for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, Lianne has become outspoken about the need for increased funding for this stage of the disease. Of all the funds raised in the name of Breast Cancer, less than 10% goes towards researching stage 4 disease--the only stage of breast cancer that takes a woman's life. Her hope is to see metastatic breast cancer transition from a terminal disease to a chronic and manageable condition.
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