Founder, The Chrysalis Initiative
The Chrysalis Initiative was born from Jamil’s experiences offering guidance to women on how to thrive with breast cancer, even as she was actively receiving chemo herself. At only 39 years old, Jamil was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer de novo. The determination to fight and survive for her family launched her into vigorous research to understand and contend with breast cancer. The extensive research Jamil undertook along her own journey became the foundation of a lifelong commitment to exploring and enacting optimal and comprehensive breast cancer care.
Jamil went on to participate in numerous community health events which facilitated the design and funding of two metastatic clinical trials. This afforded her the opportunity to meet with leadership within the PA governor’s office and congressional leaders in D.C.
She became an advocate, using her knowledge base and experiences to help advance legislative policy, medical research, and customize support to better meet the needs of individuals who have breast cancer (particularly metastatic), Black patients and other disparate groups.
Jamil is Board President of METAvivor Research and Support, Inc. She is a Young Advocate Alum, Board Member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Advisory Chair of the Knowledge is Power: Understanding Black Breast Cancer series. She is a policy science and health equity advocate and metastatic advisory committee member with Susan G. Komen.
In addition, she is a member and patient advisor of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance. Jamil is also a Project LEAD graduate and proposal reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research program with the Department of Defense.
Jamil also testified to the FDA in order to connect many women with resources for screenings, treatment, and support. She has been featured in People Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Tribune, national campaigns for Anthropologie, Novartis, Pfizer and Cancer and Careers, as well as on CBS News and Good Morning America.
Jamil also incorporates integrative therapies and is doing well thanks to chemotherapy coupled with improving her nutrition. She and her husband have three children and reside in Drexel Hill, PA.
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