Susan Love’s Illness Gives New Focus to Her Cause

“Susan Love’s Illness Gives New Focus to Her Cause.” By Tara Parker-Pope The New York Times Well Blog

During a talk last spring in San Francisco, Dr. Susan Love, the well-known breast cancer book author and patient advocate,chided the research establishment for ignoring the needs of people with cancer. “The only difference between a researcher and a patient is a diagnosis,” she told the crowd. “We’re all patients.” It was an eerily prescient lecture. Less than two months later, Dr. Love was given a diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia. She had no obvious symptoms and learned of her disease only after a checkup and routine blood work. “Little did I know I was talking about myself,” she said in an interview. “It was really out of the blue. I was feeling fine. I ran five miles the day before.”

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