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Elizabeth S. Bennett

That Was Not My Plan!

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

I’m in the car jammed between my two- and three-year old boys in their bulky car seats. My in-laws are driving us to a playground in our new city, Los Angeles, and my cell phone rings showing an incoming call from my GP. The news isn’t good. My second-opinion cancer surgeon has found something new—an aggressive tumor that throws into question all of the conversations and thinking and agonizing my husband and I have been doing for the last several weeks.

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Jewish Women. Breast Cancer.

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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.