Please read and share Katherine O’Brien’s powerful reflection on Dr Peter Bach’s article in New York Magazine about his wife dying of metastatic breast cancer.
I just finished reading “The Day I Started Lying to Ruth: A Cancer Doctor on Losing His Wife to Cancer.” The author, Peter Bach, is a physician, epidemiologist and writer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he is Director of the Center for Health Policy and Outcome. He is a gifted communicator and this is a compelling–if sad and sobering–essay.
I was shocked and dismayed to learn that Dr. Bach’s wife, Ruth, died in January 2012 from metastatic breast cancer. She was 46.
I recalled the Bachs from a 2011 series of blog posts in the New York Times. The seven-part series started with “When the Doctor’s Wife Has Cancer” in February 2011 and concluded with April 2011’s “Back to Work and Life With a Fresh Perpective.” In the April 2011 installment, all seemed well–Ruth’s hair had grown back following the conclusion of her chemo…
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