Like so many other 27 year-olds, Jamie Ledezma had plans for her life. Breast cancer changed those plans overnight. Fourteen weeks into her pregnancy, she discovered a lump in her breast and immediately began six months of chemotherapy as her son flourished in the womb.
Professionally, Ms. Ledezma is a cancer rights attorney and previously served as the Central California Regional Director for the Cancer Legal Resource Center where she successfully forged relationships with, and provided cancer-related legal information to, cancer organizations, hospitals, law firms, other community partners, and members of underserved communities throughout California’s Central Valley. Prior to the CLRC, she practiced complex civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance coverage and as a prosecutor for Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
Over the last six years, Ms. Ledezma has provided countless educational seminars discussing cancer related legal issues to patients, survivors, health care professionals, advocates, and the general public. She has been published in a variety of publications, such as California Lawyer and SHAPE magazine, and has been featured on dozens of community television and radio shows.
Additionally, Ms. Ledezma is an Adjunct Professor Fresno State and Fresno City College, teaching political science courses.
As a survivor, Ms. Ledezma spends much of her free time volunteering with cancer organizations and advocates to ensure all patients have access to quality healthcare. She currently serves on the California Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Council which oversees the Every Woman Counts Program, the Susan G. Komen Public Policy Advisory Council, the Advisory Council for Pink Power Moms™, American Cancer Society’s Community Leadership Council and Access to Care Committee for the California Division, among other local grassroots cancer-advocacy groups.
Topics: Balancing Work & Cancer; Coping Techniques; Disability Insurance; Employment Rights; Estate Planning & Medical Decision Making; Financial Planning; Health Care Reform; Health Disparities; Health Insurance Options; Legislative Advocacy; Oncofertility; Parents & Cancer; Patient Navigation; and Survivor Experiences.