Turning Her Pain into Purpose with Dr. Alexea Gaffney

Women Physicians Lead

Turning Her Pain into Purpose with Dr. Alexea Gaffney

October 30, 2022

Turning Her Pain into Purpose with Dr. Alexea Gaffney

In this new ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿฐ, I am interviewing women physicians who made a difficult time in their lives, a bad outcome, or a challenging situation and turned it into a movement that they are passionate about.

๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—”๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† is a moving, informational and inspiring interview that highlights the increasingly clear evidence that Black women are disproportionately affected by more aggressive subtypes, such as triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and inflammatory breast cancer, and they are more likely to be diagnosed at younger ages and at more advanced stages of the disease.

Dr. Alexea Gaffney, a triple board-certified physician in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer at the age of 37. She has publicly shared her journey through social media as she underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy for her breast cancer treatment.

She turned her pain into purpose by healing and transforming herself and others through her speaking, teaching, and writing. She utilizes advocacyย via conferences, community engagement, and her social media platform @DrAlexea to share her medical motivation, healthy influence as well as her cancer journey.

If you’re ready to transition into a leadership role and make an impact in healthcare by supporting your colleagues, reducing healthcare disparities, and improving outcomes, schedule a discovery call with me at


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