October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
Ali Rogin, a foreign affairs producer at “PBS NewsHour,” was told by her doctor that she tested positive for the BRCA-1 gene — which significantly increased her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
“I really wanted to consume as many accounts as I could of people who went through the same experience that I did,” Rogin told Jewish Insider in a recent interview. “And there simply were not that many books out there that dealt with the experiences that I went through.”
And so Rogin set about creating one. Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss, which was released last month, shares the first-hand experiences of 30 women at different stages of their fight with the disease, which is the second leading cause of death among women worldwide.
Back in 2007 when I was filling in for Mark Belling at Newstalk 1130 WISN I discussed a specific group of courageous women featured in a NY Times Pulitzer Prize winning article: Previvors.
I was flooded with callers who were inspirational and courageously shared their most personal stories. Some callers thought these women were taking too big of a risk. Most commended them for their heroism.
Watch the NY Times video from 2007.