The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project
Hello, I am Teresa Gomez -
I am an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta and is a life-long resident of New Mexico. I have dedicated my career to serving Tribes and advocating for issues affecting American Indians.
I earned a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico, in 1995. As the first Pueblo woman to serve as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, my work has included advocating for policies relating to Indian education, diversity, and equity and to improve the well-being of American Indian communities. Since August 2012, I have served as the President and CEO of Futures For Children, a non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, whose mission is to improve the lives of American Indian youth through mentorship and leadership development.
In 2013 I was appointed to serve on the NM Medical Insurance Exchange Board. This Board is charged with oversight and implementation of the state’s Insurance Marketplace Exchange, where individuals can obtain health insurance. I also serve on the NM Medical Insurance Pool Board which oversees programs to individuals with high-cost medical conditions, ensuring access to affordable health insurance.
On Mother’s Day 2013, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Since then, I have undergone extensive surgery and months of chemotherapy. In September 2013, I learned I have a BRCA 1 mutation. In December 2014, I had a prophylatic bilateral mastectomy in an effort to prevent breast cancer.
I have been actively involved with the GCAP during the past year, helping with fundraising efforts, raising awareness, and participating with the support and walking groups. The GCAP has been an incredible support for me and my family during this very challenging time in my life. I have made significant progress battling ovarian cancer because of the outstanding medical care I received and the unwavering support of GCAP.
I am forever grateful.