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My Cancer Story, My Genes, My Information

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 2:50 PM

We all have cancer narratives. They change us. They shape how we view health, disease, life, death, relationships, and in my case, strip us of our innocence and childhood. Susan Sontag called illness "the nightside of life." I had been living in that nightside country long before I received the...

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ACLU Files Case Challenging Patents on Breast Cancer Genes

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 2:39 PM

When I heard that the ACLU had made a formal challenge to the patents on BRCA1 and BRCA2, held by Myriad Genetics, I was in between my bi-annual MRI screening for breast cancer and packing to attend the Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) conference in Orlando, celebrating...

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Stand Up to Cancer: My Story

(10) Comments | Posted September 5, 2008 | 5:09 PM

At 7 o'clock Central tonight, I'll be glued to the television as though my life depended on it - because it just might.

When I was 27 years old, four words changed my life: "Positive for a deleterious mutation." Translated into English, that meant I was carrying the mutated gene...

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