In 2015 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While the diagnosis was hard the answers were a source of relief. Ann Marie uses her diagnosis to show others living with an invisible illness that you can celebrate the small stuff while living with a chronic illness.
Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer is Ann Marie Giannino-Otis’ fierce and unconventional initiative to promote awareness, early detection, and advocacy, with a special focus on how the disease impacts younger people. On behalf of her organization, Ann Marie has been featured in area publications, appeared on TV, local radio, and Huff Post Live, and hosts a series of monthly events. Since its inception in 2012, Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer has raised and contributed over $750,000 to a variety of breast cancer organizations, including Stand Up to Cancer, Duke Hospital, Wilmot Cancer Center, the Upstate Cancer Center, CancerConnects, Personal P.Ink and the Maureen’s Hope Foundation.
Ann Marie communicates regularly with a growing network of patients, their loved ones, and supporters via a variety of social media, where she candidly shares her thoughts and experiences and welcomes others to join the conversation, discover their own strengths, and discuss their journeys. The advocacy extends from breast cancer to MS and mental health.