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Susan Weidman Schneider

Jewish Women. Breast Cancer.

 “Which one of us is it going to be?” Susan Schnur asked the eight women who were sitting around the Lilith editorial table a few years ago. What she meant, of course, was which of us would be diagnosed with breast cancer, the scourge of Jewish women. We eight were the statistical core; one of us might prove the averages right. Schnur, a rabbi, clinical psychologist, and at that time Lilith senior editor, was simply speaking aloud the lurking anxiety so many of us live with.

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Jewish Women. Breast Cancer.

The articles in this special section:
Art by Liana Finck

That Was Not My Plan!

Elizabeth S. Bennett

New job, new city, new baby, new role as a rabbi’s wife. But the diagnosis outdid the rest.

Art by Liana Finck

Bonding: Intimacy During — and After — My Cancer

Ali Walensky

She chose "kink" sex, for pain she herself could control. 

Art by Liana Finck

Scenes From a Mastectomy

Alicia Ostriker

Looking back at the surgery decades later, the noted poet confesses her survivor's glee — and guilt.