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Tamara Scott: Inspiring Others through Advocacy

January 03, 2020

Tamara Scott was a single mother working full-time as a healthcare administrator by day and taking college classes by night. A free mammogram at work led to additional testing revealing she had breast cancer.    

Soon after, Tamara was referred to medical oncologist Kathryn Hudson, M.D., and radiation oncologist Carl Nuesch, M.D., FACRO, FACR, at Texas Oncology–Austin Central. With her family by her side and her care team there to help guide her, Tamara started a challenging treatment plan that included seven months of chemotherapy and daily radiation. 

“Tamara took her treatment in stride. With her family’s support, she was able to keep up her work as an administrator for a large medical practice and caring for her young son, being the best mom she could be to him. She made it look easy, even when I know it couldn’t have been,” said Dr. Hudson.  

Amid it all, Tamara graduated college and was there for her son’s first day of kindergarten. Milestones like these motivate Tamara, and she hopes other women will find inspiration in her journey. 

“I try my best to be an advocate for all women facing breast cancer, but especially for African American women like me. I want them to advocate for themselves and their health. Dr. Hudson helped me feel empowered to advocate for myself. I tell others to ask questions. Be prepared. Try to expect the unexpected. Lean on others for support. If you have concerns about your health, don’t wait. Don’t put off your health,” she said. 

View Tamara’s story from her perspective below.

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