Yvonne Tou

(she/her)

Yvonne Tou has been a BAYS board member since December 2021. Yvonne wanted to give back to BAYS by joining the Intake Committee and helping with the Support Group Committee as well. Yvonne was also on the committee, contributor, and editor of the 4th BAYS anthology, “Coming to Terms.” Yvonne has over 15 years of experience in healthcare administration, emphasis in data analysis, medical coding, insurance appeals, and hospital billing auditing. Yvonne had always been interested in anatomy and physiology, but she wanted to change healthcare through administrative channels. Yvonne currently works for Stanford Health Care in the Compliance department for Hospital Billing Integrity with her certifications in Certified Coding Specialist and Registered Health Information Technician.

 

Yvonne was diagnosed with Stage 1 ER/PR+ HER2- Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) associated with Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) in December 2019 at age 37. As an Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) female, Yvonne realized that cultural silence about cancer was a concept when looking for a support group outside of her healthcare provider. Yvonne wants to actively advocate for members of the AAPI community and be the reminder that it’s ok to speak about your cancer journey without shame. Working with BAYS, Yvonne strives to build the AAPI representation within the community. Yvonne gravitated to the Intake and Support Group Committees because she wants to help keep the pillars of BAYS strong and wants to make those that seek support feel welcomed, seen, heard, and acknowledged.

 

Yvonne is half Filipino, half Chamorro, was an Air Force brat having lived in England for the first 4 years of her life and has been a Northern California native since then. Yvonne is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration at Weber State University, graduating in Spring 2025. Yvonne is a certified yoga teacher after passing her 200 YTT in December 2019, and hopes to get into teaching after she completes her Bachelors. In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys working out, hikes if her knee permits it, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, playing video games, and watching Japanese anime. She is also an avid fan of the San Francisco Forty Niners having been born on Super Bowl Sunday when the Forty Niners beat the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as the San Francisco Giants, and Golden State Warriors.