The Difficult Choice of Getting an Elective Double Mastectomy

In late September 2001—it was already a bad month—my sister Mary, who had just turned 33, learned she had breast cancer. Her doctor suggested the rest of us get tested for the BRCA2 gene, which increases the risk of breast cancer. One in every 800 women carry that gene, and my doctor told me that if I had it, I’d have about an 85 percent chance of developing cancer, given my family history.

Criteria

To be selected for the 2010 Physicians of Excellence honor, applicants were required to meet the following baseline criteria: • Be certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties board member • Be in good standing with the Medical Board of California • Maintain his/her primary practice in Orange County for the last five years • Be in practice within his/her specialty for the last five years Applicant nominees also were requ

Losing My Breast

I was 52 and leaving my husband and home of 28 years, moving to a cute condo on my own. I threw away the reminder for my annual mammogram. I had no time for a pebble in my left breast when I was moving, teaching, dealing with two emotional young-adult daughters.

Doctors by Specialty: Q–Z

Radiology Stephen A. Feig Breast imaging UCI Medical Center-Radiology, 101 The City Drive S., Orange, 714-456-6905June M. Herman Radiology-mammography and nuclear medicine UCI Medical Center-Radiology, 101 The City Drive S., Orange, 714-456-6595   Rheumatology Michael Fabricant Rheumatoid arthritis St. Jude Her

Editor’s Note | May 2020

This month’s cover story is about who we are more than any we’ve done before. It’s what we strive for every month at Orange Coast.

Long-Term Caregiving

I came home from work one day in 2000 and knew something was wrong. My wife, Wendy, a graphic designer, was 49 at the time. She was sitting at the table having a glass of wine. I asked her what happened and she said, “I don’t know. I was on the 55 Freeway. I was stopped in traffic. Everything turned white. Next thing I know, cars were honking at me. I worked my way off the freeway, and took surface streets home.”

Doctors by Specialty: F–J

Facial Plastic Surgery/Otolaryngology Norman N. Ge Facial plastic surgery; ear, nose, and throat 16300 Sand Canyon Ave., #201, Irvine, 949-727-1818Family Practice Afdal Allam HPTN, DM, ortho, urgent care 8970 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, 714-848-7757Jonathan P. Anderson St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, 272

Best of 2010 61-80

61 Gourmet S’moreThat childhood summer fave, the S’more, has grown up at BeachFire Bar & Grill. A 4-by-4-inch homemade graham cracker is topped with a wedge of housemade marshmallow torched golden, drizzled with melted bittersweet Belgian chocolate, and crowned with a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream. $7. 204 Avenida Del Mar #D, San Clemente, 949-366-3232; 25682 Crown Valley Parkway, Building I, Ladera Ranch, 949-542-7700,

Best of 2010 1-20

01 Soda SelectionThe ruffled crown cap. The frosty glass bottle. The pop and hiss as you snap one open. A sundry selection of 100-plus vintage sodas—including diet and pure cane sugar varieties—awaits at Zlaket’s, each promising a carbonated dose of nostalgia and a sweet remedy for that summertime thirst. Mix and match your own $8 six-pack. 12921 Main St., Garden Grove, 714-534-2188, zlakets.com.

Doctors by Specialty: P

Pathology Aaron Franklin Sassoon Hematopathology St. Joseph Hospital-Pathology, 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange, 714-771-8176 Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical Shu-Yuan Liao Gynecologic pathologyand breast pathology St. Joseph Hospital-Pathology, 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange, 714-771-8175Pediatric Allergy &