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Communicating Effectively With Your Health Care Team
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Black Myeloma Health Community
event Apr 25, 2024 / 02:00PM - 03:00PM EDT

Event Description

Join us for a special session with Cassandra McDonald, a myeloma patient and advocate who shares her journey of misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis. Cassandra will also lead a discussion on effective communication with your healthcare team. 

Schedule & Agenda

The panelist Valarie Traynham
2:00 PM
Valarie Traynham

Valarie introduces the agenda of the event and our featured speaker Cassandra McDonald.

The panelist Cassandra McDonald
2:05 PM
Cassandra McDonald

Cassandra McDonald shares her journey and lead a discussion on effective communication with your healthcare team. 

Questions and Answers
2:35 PM

Type your questions in the chat and we will answer them! 

Speakers & Moderators

The panelist Valarie Traynham
Valarie Traynham

Valarie embarked on her myeloma journey back in 2015, and ever since she's been on a mission. As a resilient myeloma thriver, her passion lies in not just navigating her own path but also in illuminating the journey for others. With a steadfast commitment to understanding the intricacies of the disease, she champions education, shedding light on health inequities that often lurk in the shadows. Driven by a profound belief in fairness, Valarie tirelessly advocates for equitable access to top-tier healthcare, clinical trials, and tailored treatments. Her journey as a beacon of knowledge and support began when she assumed the role of a support group leader. Today, she continues to extend her hand as a myeloma coach, mentor angel, and the guiding force behind the Black Myeloma Health Community. Valarie's voice echoes far and wide as she fearlessly confronts the disparities faced by myeloma patients. Through collaborative efforts with healthcare providers, she strives to forge pathways to solutions, ensuring that every individual receives the care they deserve. Join Valarie on her journey of empowerment and advocacy as she lights the way toward a brighter, more equitable future in myeloma care.

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The panelist Cassandra McDonald
Cassandra McDonald

Cassandra McDonald is a Law & Policy Analyst and Civil Rights Leader. She made history as the first African-American female to establish an NAACP branch in Cuyahoga County, and becoming the Founding President of the Euclid NAACP in Euclid, Ohio. Likewise, she has advocated and written legislation against racial inequality and discrimination. Besides her advocacy in civil rights, she is also a fierce advocate for advancements in early detection screening for Multiple Myeloma; including being a member of Cleveland Clinics Multiple Myeloma Consortium. She Chairs the Ohio State Bar Association Criminal Justice Committee, and a member of several civil rights, social justice, and humanitarian organizations. As an Analyst, she has appeared on television programs BET Live, BET with Roland Martin, HBO Vice, and Refinery29. She’s a regular featured commentator on the “Judge Joe Brown Radio Show.” Most recently, she is leading, “The Nations M.E.M.O.,” in Washington, DC to raise the voice and bring attention to our Missing, Exploited, Murdered, and Others. Her commitment to civil/human rights and social justice expands nationally.

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