Almost a Princess:
My Life as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor
It's been said that cancer is a disease that steals away the feeling of perfection. Author Jane Loeb Rubin is all too familiar with this feeling. In Almost a Princess, she presents a collection of essays that document her twice-fought battle with cancer.
In this memoir, Rubin, a hospital administrator and two-time cancer survivor, shares her experiences from the dual perspectives of a patient and a health care professional. She reflects on her life growing up in the 1950's and 60's in suburbia with a hard-nosed but loving father, marrying her high school sweetheart at nineteen, raising three children as a divorced single parent, working in the health care field, remarrying in her forties, and becoming a grandmother—all with the wise insights gained from struggling with her own health challenges.
Almost a Princess discusses the coping strategies Rubin developed for herself, provides insight for other cancer patients and their families, and reflects on what it means to be a survivor. She communicates the importance of embracing what we are given each day, doing the best we can with it, and feeling the joy and fulfillment that comes with our past, present, and ongoing life stories.
Ms. Rubin has donated one half of her royalties to The Mathilda Fund for ovarian cancer research. To learn more about The Mathilda Fund or to help support this vital cause CLICK HERE.
Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff
Temple B'nai Or, Morristown, NJ
"In the introduction to her book, "Almost a Princess", Jane Rubin writes, "At this point, I am feeling a bit possessive about my life and need to tell my story in my own words." And yet, in telling her own story in a voice so intimately first person, her "possessiveness" results in a generous sharing of her life, her battles, her fear, her vulnerability, her perseverance, and her ever deepened humanity as she faces life's imperfections. Divorce, the loss of her younger brother, not one but two cancer diagnoses, and so much more could have left her broken, cynical, hopeless and afraid of loving in the face of inevitable loss. But she is anything but. This book is overflowing with her joy of simply being alive, her boundless love and her hard-earned wisdom that no moment, great or small, can be taken for granted.
With humor, with grace and with wisdom, she takes us along on her journey of "self discovery" and it becomes our own. Reading of her hope gives us hope. Learning of her healing helps us with our own and gives us insight into the inner world of the patient as person. Reflected in Jane's words, I saw my own experiences of love and loss clarified and illuminated. And for this, I am ever so grateful.
Jane Rubin is my hero — and I know she will be yours as well!"