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The Ethics of Genetics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, 3rd December 2012

Bobbie Farsides and Sue Eckstein invited me to contribute to a conference for fifth year medical students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. It was good to be back there fourteen months after the Self-portrait without Breasts project launched at BSMS in October last year. I was delighted and honoured to present the poems and… Continue reading The Ethics of Genetics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, 3rd December 2012

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Final preparations

Tonight I launch my pamphlet Breastless (Pighog Press) – a selection of eleven of the Self-portrait without Breasts poems alongside some of Laura Stevens’ photos, together with an article by Gareth Evans on the science of hereditary breast cancer. Five years ago I was in the last few weeks of preparing for surgery. 24 Nov,… Continue reading Final preparations

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Looking back

Five years ago, I was trying to decide whether to have preventive bilateral mastectomy. Here's the first entry in the journal I was to write for eighteen months. 27 June 2006 I am contemplating having my breasts removed. Elective surgery. Still an op little known here in the UK... at Guys Hospital four or five women… Continue reading Looking back