What We Have, a memoir by Amy Boesky is revealing look at the life of a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and English Professor. A courageous woman born into a family where all of the women (except one) died of ovarian cancer by their mid forties.
Amy is determined to live her life and fulfill her dreams, of getting married and having two children by the age of thirty-five. She has decided to undergo voluntary surgery to have her ovaries removed when she turned thirty-five, the age when the risk of ovarian cancer dramatically increases.
Most of this story takes place in the course of one year, however, the reader does learn about how Amy meets her husband, insight into their careers, pregnancies, motherhood, and her close relationship with her two sisters, and her mother, who was terminally ill in this memoir.
What We Have was no ordinary memoir -- imagine living each day with a black cloud over your head. It would be easy to become depressed and obsessed, but the author does not exhibit the "poor me" attitude. Instead, Amy knew what she wanted to accomplish in life and made it happen. She chose to live her life to the fullest in spite of all the uncertainty. This memoir was well done and RECOMMENDED
RATING - 4/5 Stars
As a side note, I was up in the air about reading this book. You see that dreaded (C) word, is never too far from my mind either. In the case of my family, both my mother and older brother died from pancreatic cancer. None of us really know what the future has in store, so all the more reason to......"read the best books first...right?"