The Moth Presents Amy Cohen: Fighting Chance

“I do not feel unfortunate.”

Confronting an overwhelming genetic predisposition for breast cancer, a comedy writer makes the ultimate choice.

Amy Cohen is the author of The New York Times best-seller The Late Bloomer’s Revolution. She’s been both a writer and producer for the sitcoms Caroline in the City and Spin City, wrote a dating column for the New York Observer, and was the dating correspondent for cable TV’s New York Central. Amy lives in New York City.

My Cancer Journey

My experience with cancer pushed me to make “consumer-driven” actually mean something in the healthcare industry. By Aimee Jungman

I’m a 42 year-old woman who has always been in good health. In April of ‘08, I started getting cramps in my stomach. They persisted for several weeks and occasionally were accompanied by sharp pains. This was unusual for my body. While on vacation, I admitted myself into a hospital emergency room (ER). The ER did blood work, a CT-scan, and an MRI, and said there was nothing seriously wrong. I just had a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a small cyst on my ovary that the doctor explained would go away on its own. The doctor prescribed medicine for the UTI and advised me to check in with my OB/GYN in a few months for a checkup.

What surprised me about the whole experience was that the clinical system seemed to dismiss my concern. As a woman who knows her own body, I was telling them something was wrong, but they told me I was overreacting. They were incredibly nonchalant and explained that female bodies were always changing due to hormones or menopause, that it can be hard for women to accept aging, [...] continue the story