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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Boesky Narrator: Elizabeth London Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At thirty-two, Amy Boesky thought she had it all figured out: a wonderful new man in her life, a great job, and the (nearly) perfect home. For once, she was almost able to shake the terrible fear that had gripped her for as long as she could remember. All of the women in her family had died before the age of forty-five-from cancer-and she and her sisters had grown up in time's shadow. Urgency colored every choice they made and was amplified now that each of them approached thirty-five-the deadline their doctors prescribed for having preventive surgery with the hope that they could thwart their family's medical curse. But Amy didn't want to dwell on fear now; she wanted to spend time with her husband plan for a new baby; live her life. And that's just what she did. In a way that only someone who is so acutely aware of passing time can, she chose to put her anxieties aside and relish life's simple pleasures. In What We Have, Amy shares a deeply transformative year in her family's life and invites listeners to join in their joy, laughter, and grief. Unparalleled in its optimism and wisdom, What We Have celebrates the promise of a full life, even in the face of uncertainty. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jean Godwin Carroll | 2/14/2014

    " One woman's story of her family's inherited cancer gene. I thought the first half of the book was very slow as she talks about meeting her husband and getting her first job and moving to a new city. The second half deals with her mother's sickness and death and was more moving. However it wasn't until the very end that she talked about her decision to remove her ovaries and breasts as prophylatic measure and her struggle with whether or not to be tested for the BRAC-1 gene. Since this was the whole point of her story, I thought she only gave it scant attention in the epilogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christy Marro | 2/13/2014

    " This is an exceptional story that chronicales the anguish and hope the author goes through as she strives to cope with the female cancer that strikes multi-generations. The fatal legacy drives the decisions that are made and the precautions that are taken. Empathy is experienced as we see the love, happiness, wisdom, fear and grief in this memoir. Thank you Amy for your inspiring book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/11/2014

    " The story of a woman living with the threat of familial ovarian and breast cancer and figuring out how to avoid these in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/9/2014

    " Another sad memoir, but this one is well written. (The author is a lit professor at Boston College.) Very good book, but some may not be willing to read such a sad book. "

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