Illness

Confessions of a Cancer Warrior

By Harriet Hessdorf | October 14, 2018

Over the past few years, a few friends have asked  me, “I know you don’t like to talk about it,…

It Could Happen to You: How I Became Addicted to Painkillers

By Rachel Cohen | July 15, 2018

In my world, drugs were a shrouded secret, spoken about in hushed voices, whispered behind cupped hands as though the…

Say it Out Loud: Struggling with Childhood Speech Apraxia

By Golda Hutchison | July 9, 2018

The first few moments of my life were nearly my last. While my mother was in labor, my heart rate…

The Complicated Feelings of Saying Goodbye

By Shira Lankin Sheps | June 18, 2018

Since our lift left a few weeks ago, we have very little furniture left in our apartment. A few beds…

Remembering My Mother

By Rea Bochner | May 13, 2018

When I was eight, my mother went back to work. She’d been a stay-at-home mom from the time I was…

The Warriors, Mother and Son

By Michelle London | April 9, 2018

I take a right turn out of the elevator and walk toward the wall of windows facing the street. It’s…

Barbara’s Story: Giving Care, Giving Love

By Shira Lankin Sheps | March 26, 2018

(1/5) “Decisions Needed to Be Made” “It was a reaction to the circumstance. I was trying to get my parents…

In My Story Of Parenting a Chronically Ill Child, I Choose To Be The Protagonist.

By Shoshana Chanales | March 20, 2018

Early in my teaching career before I had kids, I had a conference with a mother whose son was doing…

Pink Challah, Cancer and Self-Care

By Shira Lankin Sheps | March 6, 2018

February was an intense time on The Layers Project Magazine. When I began this issue, I knew that BRCA genetic…

Sisters: Sharing Loss, BRCA Fears, and the Future

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 21, 2018

LPM: Tell us about your mom. Adina: My mom was a beacon of beauty both inside and out. She had…

Filled with Emptiness: Grieving After a Mastectomy or Hysterectomy

By Dvora Entin | February 19, 2018

This essay is based on the collective experiences of women I have counseled over the years. Dear Sister, You cannot…

My Mother Died From Breast Cancer, But I Refuse To Live In Fear

By Rachel Kravetz | February 18, 2018

Cancer is a scary word. Everyone knows of someone who has died of cancer. Cancer conjures up terrifying images of…