BRCA

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…

Donna’s Story: BRCA Diagnosis, A Hidden Blessing

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 25, 2018

This profile is sponsored in partnership with Sharsheret. Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their…

I Stumbled Upon my BRCA+ Results, And It Saved My Life.

By Lara Diamond | February 22, 2018

Back in 2013, I took a direct-to-consumer DNA test, with the intention of connecting to relatives.  At the time, the…

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…

Is the Jewish Community Ready to Confront its Cancer Risk?

By Chani Wiesman | February 20, 2018

When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Sarah was too young to understand. Now, at age 32, she’s already…

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…

Genetic Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2: To Test Or Not To Test?

By Naomi Kornhauser | February 17, 2018

When we discuss testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, it means that a blood sample will be collected to test if…

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…

From IVF Coordinator to Patient: Experiencing My Husband’s BRCA Diagnosis

By Maya Tsarfati Shapiro | February 12, 2018

When I graduated Yeshiva University in 2015, I anticipated my first job out of college would be pretty straightforward: first…

Put to the Test: Why We Need to Talk About BRCA Genes

By Rachel Hercman | February 7, 2018

If there was a bingo board listing sensitive issues in the Jewish community today, the conversation about BRCA mutations would…