Friday, April 6, 2012

Of Dreams and Devils: Remembering Katherine Russell Rich

Katherine Russell Rich had at least two claims to fame. Her talent as a writer, and her 19 years of survival with metastatic breast cancer.

She wrote two books, “Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language” and “The Red Devil: To Hell With Cancer — and Back.”

I didn't really know her, beyond a few email exchanges. But she was just exceptional.

Rich stretched the idea of what it meant to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

Not just a medical fluke, she was able to articulate her experience. She frequently made the point that medical science should be studying the "outliers,"the women who live more than a decade with metastatic breast cancer.

She was our war correspondent, reporting from the frontline.

I have posted a few links, to her articles, and sadly to her obituary.

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