Cancer

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,…

Abby’s Story: A Passion for Inclusion

By Shira Lankin Sheps | April 15, 2018

This Profile is brought to The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Jewish Education Project.  (1/5) “Home for All”…

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…

The Pain of My Last Trip to the Mikvah

By Noa Choritz | February 25, 2018

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine in collaboration with The Eden Center, in Israel. “As a carrier…

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…

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…

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…