Family Dynamics

Caregivers, Unlimited

By Sari Kopitnikoff | March 8, 2018

Finding Myself While Sandwiched In-Between

By Jeanne Lankin | March 7, 2018

As a social worker providing therapy for older adults, I have been acutely aware of the toll that caregiving takes…

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…

Amy’s Story: Making Choices For Me

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 13, 2018

(1/6) “The Inevitability of My Genetics” “I grew up in a household where my mother was a cancer survivor. As…

Mila’s Story: You Can Never Erase Them

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 4, 2018

Introduction When our team at The Layers Project Magazine decided to feature a Holocaust survivor in a special edition profile,…

Sivan’s Story: Taking My Own Direction

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 29, 2018

(1/5) “Every Moment Counts More Than You Realize” “I made my first movie when I was 15, on a small…

When I Ended My Marriage, I Chose My New Beginning

By Chana Shestack | January 25, 2018

Like many of my friends, I went to seminary after I graduated high school. I finally felt like I found…

Shira’s Story: Aliyah- A New Life

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 22, 2018

(1/5) “Real Life vs. Dream Life” “My whole life I’ve always thought to myself, ‘Move to Israel. Live in Israel.’…

Taking Inventory

By Helen Zegeman Schwimmer | January 17, 2018

Now that I’ve outgrown the hand-me-down furniture stage and I’ve survived the crayon-marks-on-the-wall stage and I’ve eliminated every potty seat,…