Born in Fabbrica Curone in the province of Alessandria on 26 April 1933, she married at 20 and had a son; aged 36 she was operated for a breast tumour.
In 1973 she founded the association Attivecomeprima, thanks to the support of her surgeon Pietro Bucalossi (then Director of the Tumour Institute of Milan), with the aim of improving the quality of life of people affected by cancer through human, psychological and medical support.
She is the author of texts on the management of psychological support groups.
She is the editor and publisher of the magazine ATTIVE.
Among her writings: "La terapia degli affetti" with Franco Fornari, ed. Attivecomeprima, "Il gusto di vivere" with Gianni Maccarini, ed. Oscar guide Mondadori, "M'amo non m'amo" (in Italian and English), ed. Pixel, "La forza di vivere", ed. Attivecomeprima, "La danza della vita", ed. FrancoAngeli.
Among her prizes and recognitions: Cavaliere dell'Ordine "AI Merito della Repubblica Italiana" (1977) International recognition St Rita da Cascia (1998) Special prize Marisa Bellisario (2005) Prize FAVO "cedro d'oro" third day for voluntarism (2008) Gold Medal of Benemerenza Civica from the City of Milan (Ambrogino 2009).