This past summer I read a book titled, Then Came Life, by Geralyn Lucas. It was an inspiring novel written by a woman diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. This is Geralyn’s second book and in it she talks about her everyday life, living with breast cancer, in a humorous manner, often relating back to her treatments and diagnosis. While predominantly light-hearted and funny, the novel also takes a more serious note in the discussion of Geralyn’s first cousin being diagnosed with breast cancer and her eventual passing. As a radiologist, frequently diagnosing women with breast cancer and seeing many survivors, this book hit home to me. I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter and found myself both laughing and crying along with Geralyn. Every woman who has undergone treatment for breast cancer is a hero to me and a symbol of courage and strength.
Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to speak with Geralyn over the phone and to hear her enthusiasm and fun loving personality. She is very excited about speaking in our community next month. I invite everyone to join us at the Mandell JCC for the Jewish Book Festival event on Sunday, January 11th. It is going to be a truly wonderful experience for all who attend!
Julie S. Gershon, M.D.