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SUMMIT, NJ APRIL 2011 – A two-time cancer survivor and a hospital administrator, Jane Rubin introduces her first book, “Almost a Princess,” at a reception and book signing at Overlook Hospital, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Jane Rubin, a life-long resident of New Jersey, embarked on this memoir to share her experience from the dual perspectives of a patient and a health care professional. After Jane’s first diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 46, she underwent chemotherapy and, later, radical prophylactic surgery to stave off the effects of the BRCA1 genetic mutation she had inherited.
Ten years later, she was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer, and underwent another round of surgery and chemotherapy. While her cancer is presently in remission, Rubin must undergo monthly testing to detect any recurrence of this dreaded disease.
In “Almost a Princess,” Rubin, now 57, reflects on her life growing up in a secular Jewish home with a hard-nosed, but loving father; marrying her high school sweetheart at 19; raising three children as a divorced single parent; working in the health care field; remarrying in her forties; and becoming a grandmother, all with the wise insights gained from struggling with her own health challenges.
At first, she wrote about her experiences as a therapeutic exercise, to gain self understanding as she faced down cancer, but, at the urging of family and friends, became determined to share the coping strategies she developed for herself with other survivors and their families.
“With humor, with grace and with wisdom, she takes us along on her journey of ‘self-discovery’ and it becomes our own,” says Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff of Temple B’nai Or in Morristown. “Reading of her hope gives us hope. Learning of her healing helps us with our own and gives us insight into the inner world of the patient as person.”
Half of all royalties from this publication will be donated to ovarian cancer research.
Rubin is the director of neuroscience for Atlantic Health, which includes Overlook Hospital and Morristown Memorial Hospital. She spent more than 25 years as a healthcare administrator. She earned her undergraduate degree and master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of Michigan, a master’s in business administration from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. She lives in Randolph with her husband, David.
When: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Where: Overlook Hospital, Wallace Auditorium, 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit (park in West Garage)
Sale: Books are $15 and $25 and available for signing. Proceeds will benefit ovarian cancer research.
The event will include a wine reception. For more information or to RSVP contact Nancy Gross at 908-522-2894.