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No. Way.

You've got to be F'n kidding me! The Robin Cook book that I've been reading since becoming coherent in the hospital is finally nearing the end. I was quite surprised to find the main character being diagnosed as BRCA1+ and having to deal with what that meant for her life. I watched her go through the same thoughts and options that I was faced with. I wondered how it would all tie into the main story.

The patients that are being killed in the hospital? The insurance company is doing it based on genetic testing. Anyone who had been diagnosed with specific mutations in genes that are known to cause problems in the future, colon cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease, etc., were being marked as too high of a risk and being killed.

Yep - that's exactly the book I needed to be reading as I am spending the next few months trying to turn around a BRCA mutation :)

Next time, no medical thrillers, even though they are some of my favorites. Maybe some nice, light and completely improbably Steven King.


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Oct. 16th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
what pleasant, light reading for you!

Oct. 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome to A Brave New World! Or do you prefer Gattacca?

(oh that lovely blog entry I wrote about it...)
Oct. 17th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
Welcome Back!!
Yay for being home!! Every day is an improvement, you're doing more and feeling better.

I'm sure the book is just trying to bring light and attention to the issues of genetic experimentation/breeding, but the publishers really should be more sensitive about their potential audience. For what it's worth, from what I know of insurance cos, you're already reading the completely improbable. Even setting aside the criminal ramifications, it's bad business to kill people, especially those who pay premiums, so they wouldn't do it. (The extent of coverage they might provide for preventive treatment is a different story, however......) But according to the video I was watching about attracting what you want in your life, you should be reading happy, funny things, stuff that will keep your spirits up and keep you feeling healthy. I have no idea whether it works, but there ya go. My new age Christian Science experience.
Oct. 18th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
That's it! I'm sending you all the books we took on our honeymoon cruise. All lighthearted comedy stuff. Short quips that can be read in small pieces, as your brain is capable: George Carlin, Bill Gueist, that sniglets guy - whatever his name is, Paul Reiser, Dave Berry, and about a half dozen others that I can't remember right now. (Damned drugs!)

Oct. 18th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
That would be AWESOME!!!!!!!
Oct. 18th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Then when I'm done with all of these books I've been reading, I can send you on the ones I think you would like :)
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