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Author Elizabeth Wurtzel has passed away




Elizabeth Wurtzel, author and attorney, has passed away from complications of breast cancer. She was 52. Wurtzel wrote Prozac Nation, her memoir on depression, More, Now, Again, her memoir on addiction, and Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women, a series of essays.

Prozac Nation was made into a film starring Christina Ricci.

She had the BRCA gene. Of her cancer, she wrote:
'I have breast cancer as a result of the BRCA gene, so it was preventable. All Ashkenazi Jewish women should get tested for the BRCA mutation, we now know, because half the time there is no way to know that you have the gene, and one in 40 Ashkenazi Jews carries it. At one time it bothered me that I have a disease I could have avoided through prophylactic mastectomy.

I don’t feel that way any more. I like the person I am with cancer and because of cancer.'

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Uhg so sad. RIP. Favorite essay or writing of Elizabeth's?
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