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Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew

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Resurrection Lily shares a story of inheritance and intuition, of what can surface in the body and the spirit when linked by DNA. As Amy Byer Shainman discovers she has inherited a BRCA gene mutation that puts her at high risk of developing certain cancers, she struggles to come to terms with preventively removing her breasts when she does not have a breast cancer diagnosis. Through her experience making decisions about her health, Amy becomes invigorated with purpose and establishes herself as a leading advocate for those with BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes, tirelessly working to educate others facing the same daunting reality.

Painting a timely and moving portrait of what it feels like to carry a BRCA gene mutation, Resurrection Lily provides firsthand insight into the patient experience. Weaved throughout Amy's open and vulnerable story is the expertise of her doctors, education from top medical experts in cancer genetics, and whispered lifesaving guidance from her grandmother Lillian.

312 pages, Paperback

First published December 5, 2018

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Amy Byer Shainman

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Amy Byer Shainman, also known as BRCA Responder, is a patient advocate who provides support and education surrounding BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes. She's the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer.

She is a BRCA1 gene mutation carrier and a "previvor"--meaning she is a survivor of a predisposition to cancer (a previvor is someone at extraordinarily high risk for cancer who has not had the disease). In 2010, she had two prophylactic surgeries to drastically reduce her cancer risk; a nipple sparing, skin-sparing mastectomy with reconstruction and oophorectomy with a hysterectomy.

Shainman has been featured in Cure Magazine, The Jewish Journal, and The Palm Beach Post, as well as numerous live and taped television and radio segments nationwide. As a digital ambassador for the National Society of Genetic Counselors gene pool, she is considered one of fifteen influencers who have unique perspectives and knowledge in the fields of genetics and genetic counseling. Her articles have been published in The American Journal of Managed Care, Jupiter Magazine, and Oncology Nursing News.

Her award-winning medical memoir, "Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew" was the December 2020 book club selection of The National Library of Medicine. She is currently a producer on LADY, a scripted feature film that highlights what it's like to be a female at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Follow Amy @BRCAresponder on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


Winner 2020 CIPA EVVY Book Award Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
Winner 2019 Independent Author Network Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Winner 2019 Best Book Awards Science
Winner 2019 Independent Author Network Health & Medicine
Winner 2019 IndieReader Discovery Award Health & Medicine
Winner 2019 FAPA President's Award Health
CIPA EVVY Book Award 2020 Silver Narrative Non-Fiction
CIPA EVVY Book Award 2020 Bronze Health
Reader's Favorite 2019 Book Award Silver Non-Fiction-Genealogy
Independent Publisher Book Award 2019 Bronze Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book
SPR Book Award Honorable Mention 2018, Shortlisted for Excellence
Feathered Quill Book Award 2020 Silver Informational Book
Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist 2020 Inspirational Non-Fiction

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