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.

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: 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 &

Doctors by Specialty: A–E

Allergy and Immunology William E. Berger 27800 Medical Center Road #244, Mission Viejo, 949-364-2900Mark Howard Ellis Asthma 725 W. La Veta Ave. #100, Orange, 714-633-6363 Sherwin A. Gillman Food and other allergies, insect stings, asthma, sinusitis 725 W. La Veta Ave. #100, Orange, 714-633-6363Anesthesiology

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

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.

UC Irvine Ranked Nation’s No. 1 University In Sustainability

For 10 consecutive years, Sierra magazine has named UC Irvine a top-10 “Cool School” for the strength of its sustainability curriculum, research, student and public engagement, and campus operations.