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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 diagnosi ...more
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Published December 5th 2018 by Archway Publishing
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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won this book off of giveaway. the book is a true story and is a signed copy from the author ...more
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Before reading this memoir I had some small knowledge regarding the BRCA gene. If I had been asked before reading this book whether I felt I was fairly well informed on the subject of breast cancer and the BRCA Gene, I would have confidently said that I was. Now, upon completion of Amy Byer Shainman's memoir, I know I was mistaken.

The reason I am including the above fact is that, I think many people will feel that they already have enough knowledge on Breast Cancer and on the BRCA Gene. I urge
Iris Levine Accettola
A Soul Baring Memoir

In Yiddish, there is a word, bashert, which translates to "meant to be". Would I want Jan to have three cancers? No! But Amy, as detective for her family, became the voice of a grandmother who was gone at a young age and left a legacy of breadcrumbs to be followed. Amy followed those breadcrumbs to try and find answers. So, it was meant to be, that Amy became an advocate for BRCA positive people as well as for herself. Brava!
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal memoir by a phenomenal woman. Amy shares her deeply personal account of how the BRCA gene mutation has been a recurring story in her life and the story of her family long before anyone even understood what a BRCA gene mutation is. It is clear that Amy took tremendous care in putting this book together for the BRCA community with the purpose of helping, educating, and supporting others. Her story alone is powerful and moving. But, Amy goes beyond her personal account and presents the p ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to the author for sharing her experience, research and information upon learning that she tested positive for the BRCA 1 Mutation and her research into her family history of cancer on her father’s side through her maternal grandmother’s family. The author not only shares her personal experience, but the points of view of family members, doctors and researchers. A must read!
Sandra Lanman
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amy Byer Shainman begins her book, “Resurrection Lily” with a provocative question: “What if I told you that the airline just tested the airplane you are in and they found that it has as high as an 85 percent chance of crashing?” It’s a scary proposition, but her intent soon becomes clear. Shainman’s book is a memoir about living her life as a carrier of an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 gene that puts her at high risk – as high as 85 percent – of getting breast, ovarian, pancreatic and other c ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential information and guidance about hereditary cancer

An informative and interesting book about hereditary cancer, with loads of practical advice and information on where to get help and guidance.

The author tells her story of life with the BRCA gene (breast cancer), and that of her family and friends, in a factual and non-emotional way - though the contents may well make the reader emotional. There are also sections by doctors, surgeons and friends, giving their perspective. The psychology,
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Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (9/19)

When Amy Byer Shainman learned that she carries the BRCA 1 gene mutation, which puts her at risk for breast and other deadly cancers, she chose to be proactive about reducing her risks. She made a difficult but educated decision to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and have both her ovaries removed. Shainman educates family members, friends and readers about what is involved with this process by sharing her story in “Resurrection Lily.” She
Rose Parisi
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through words, Amy Shainman was able to bring to life the unspoken stories and implications of obtaining genetic information. It was enlightening to hear the voices in Amy's head and the voices of her loved ones -- I learned how subjective opinions, values, and life situations alter the route and navigation of challenging medical issues. Amy artfully wrote at the intersection of science and emotion -- educating her readers and providing a guide for others while writing honorably and honestly. Th ...more
Valerie Staggs
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid reader of memoirs and I went into this one with very little knowledge about the BRCA gene except for the fact that Angelina Jolie has it (yes, I'm an avid People Magazine reader too). This book explains what the BRCA gene is and all its ramifications in incredible detail which could be incredibly boring except that Shainman weaves the medical and scientific information into her personal story. Following her as she discovers her family history and faces the hard medical decisions BRC ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am moved by the discovery journey and can understand the need to educate women and get tested to make better informed health decisions so that you are active in your health and how you want to handle what may occur. Amy expresses her experience with clarity and detailed description of her inner battle with how she believed her options to be and what she knows she had to live with. Educating others is a healing beautiful gift and will be remembered for all eternity.
Sandra Pipitone
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book as a mother of daughters WHO had genetic testing because of my breast cancer ! I will be buying this book for them . LOTS of good info for ALL who have Cancer in families!
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book off Goodreads. Awesome read. One of my favorites. Will read again. Highly recommend.
Csimplot Simplot
Excellent book!!!
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-s
Powerful and moving. Hard to put everything I think and feel into words at this time.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

There was a lot of interesting information in this book and it would be very useful for others facing the choices that must be made when discovering they have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.

I did however find much of the narrative and information repetitive which made it a little cumbersome.
Sarah Scheerger
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was both inspirational and informative. I found this book to be an engaging and pleasurable read. I love the way she weaved in important information in such an organic way. I highly recommend!
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Women with the BRCA1 gene mutation are more prone to cancer. Author Shainman shares her family's cancer history and the impact the gene has for early detection. Her story is an emotional roller coaster that will resonate with anyone who has had or knows somebody that has cancer. ...more
Carissa Burks
I have had to put down this book a multitude of times. Since I have gotten to page 100, it has been easier to read and stay engaged with.

While there is a decent amount of information, information I did not have before reading this book, I do believe it could have been better streamlined. She covered things she wished she had known prior to getting some of her surgeries and gave helpful suggestions for questions or things to look into for others. There’s even a resource guide and informational st
Lauren Frank
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really interesting patient perspective of having a BRCA gene mutation and how that impacted her and her family. However, it was a little repetitive at times.
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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 a

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