A woman who suffers from M18T BRCA1 mutation has recently published a book on her experiences and those of her female ancestors. Sarah Gabriel’s mother died of ovarian cancer when she was 42 and various other female ancestors have died from BRCA1 related cancers. Sarah was herself diagnosed with grade III breast cancer when she was 44; her children were only 5 and 3. Sarah has undergone chemotherapy and had a mastectomy and has since learnt that she has a 90% chance of recovery. In her book ‘Eating Pomegranates: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters and Genes’ Sarah explains her journey through breast cancer, her genetic legacy and the impact the disease had on her family and two young daughters.
‘Laced with black humour, written with a mixture of passion and clinical accuracy, this is an extraordinary book about an all too ordinary disease’.
A review of this book can be found on Amazon’s website
For a recent article about the author’s story, click here