BRCA Genes and Ovarian Cancer: Susan Gubar’s Memoir

Every now and again I get a nice smack upside the head and am glad for it. Today was one of those days. In the midst of errands, car radio tuned to NPR’s Talk of the Nation, I heard an interview with a brilliant woman named Susan Gubar who’s newly-minted memoir about life with ovarian cancer is now on my must-read list.

http://www.npr.org/books/titles/151761076/memoir-of-a-debulked-woman-enduring-ovarian-cancer

Not that I needed any additional information on the topic of avoiding ovarian cancer. I have a relative who lives in Susan Gubar’s ovarian cancer shoes. Ovarian cancer treatment is brutal, early detection next to impossible, and survival rates lag behind other cancers. Instead of bemoaning the fact that I will spend many of the precious days of summer recovering from prophylactic bilateral salpingo oophorectomy and breast reconstruction revision surgery, I am reminded of precisely how lucky I am to know that my BRCA1 gene mutation puts me at high risk of this killer and that I can do something about it.

Thank you, professor emeritus Susan Gubar, for making my day.