Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew: a Memoir

Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew: a Memoir

by Amy Byer Shainman


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Resurrection Lily shares a story of inheritance and intuition, of what can surface in the body and the spirit when linked by DNA. As Amy Byer Shainman discovers she has inherited a BRCA gene mutation that puts her at high risk of developing certain cancers, she struggles to come to terms with preventively removing her breasts when she does not have a breast cancer diagnosis. Through her experience making decisions about her health, Amy becomes invigorated with purpose and establishes herself as a leading advocate for those with BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes, tirelessly working to educate others facing the same daunting reality.

Painting a timely and moving portrait of what it feels like to carry a BRCA gene mutation, Resurrection Lily provides firsthand insight into the patient experience. Weaved throughout Amy's open and vulnerable story is the expertise of her doctors, education from top medical experts in cancer genetics, and whispered lifesaving guidance from her grandmother Lillian.

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ISBN-13: 9781480867062
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2018
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 174,867
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Resurrection Lily: The Brca Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew: a Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LAstory More than 1 year ago
The unique story of a woman who listened to her intuitions which ultimately led to saving her own life. Now Amy Byer Shainman shares the account of her life story in an informative yet deeply personal journey. Women and Men (yes they too can get breast cancer), now have a book to assist in the process of BRCA testing and pre-survivor surgeries. Is it right for you? What are the risks? What are the mental challenges? All important questions, and answers from a woman who has been there personally herself and with her own family and friends. This book will simply save lives. Highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite 4 months ago
Reviewed by Judith Rook for Readers' Favorite Because of her family history, a woman begins to realize she has a very high chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Being the competitive yet sympathetic person she is, she takes steps to take control of the situation and to create a record for her family, also for other people under the same threat. And so Resurrection Lily by Amy Byer Shainman appears, one of the better memoirs recently produced. It is a very fine read from beginning to end, using material both personal and professional. But the author does not restrict the text to her individual experience; she looks at the much larger matter of cancer risk assessment in general, identifying it as one of the major medical and social issues facing contemporary society. Sometimes Shainman turns to the basic questions of life as they manifest themselves for her. But she never seeks to impose her experiences or conclusions. They are simply presented, often with a most attractive degree of wit and humor. One of the most notable features of Resurrection Lily by Amy Byer Shainman is the balance it achieves between anecdote and professional information. It is a book to learn from but also an account to enjoy on a personal level. Although for many people the central theme will be less than cheerful, in many respects this is a positive book, and the characters appearing in it are vivid and memorable. Beautifully written and interestingly presented through a central structural metaphor, it is a biography dealing with an increasingly important topic, and one that will appeal to a very wide audience.
EmmabBooks 6 months ago
Essential information and guidance about hereditary cancer An informative and interesting book about hereditary cancer, with loads of practical advice and information on where to get help and guidance. The author tells her story of life with the BRCA gene (breast cancer), and that of her family and friends, in a factual and non-emotional way - though the contents may well make the reader emotional. There are also sections by doctors, surgeons and friends, giving their perspective. The psychology, medical procedures experienced by the author, highs and lows are all included, including plenty of useful things to think about and questions to ask. The importance of genetic testing, and counselling, for breast cancer (and other cancers) for men and women at risk is discussed in detail. The chapters are well written, easy to follow and very informative. At the back of the book are pages of useful facts about cancer, including contact details. There are discussion questions for readers and a different set of questions for students. Plenty of sources and web-sites listed. All clearly set out and a great place to start looking for more information. 5*s from me for this informative and interesting book, where the author opens up about her experiences. A great book for everyone to read, and, I would have thought, an essential read for anyone affected by cancer. Note: The author is based in the US, so many of the contact details and medical matters are US focussed, however I think that most of the information in this book will be useful to readers worldwide.