Thursday, June 13, 2013
Thursday, June 13 – a day I will never forget. Today was my daughter's last day of nursery school. I dropped her off, drove to a nearby coffee shop to get some writing done, and then rejoined the class for parent sing-a-long and snack. After the party my daughter and I ran through the rain to our car and I then noticed that my abandoned cell phone was going crazy. Voicemails, texts --- all saying the same thing: We won the Supreme Court BRCA Patent case unanimously.
I immediately started crying.
"Mommy, what's wrong?"
"Nothing is wrong, honey. Mommy is very happy."
"I won a fight today that I've been fighting for a long time. This is going to help Mommy's patients."
And then I thought of all of my patients over the past 18 years and their children, and grandchildren.
Generations that span into the future --- all of whom will be helped by this ruling.
I cried harder as we drove home through the rain, thinking of 15 years of fighting for a cause that had all come to a beautiful end.
Ellen T. Matloff, MS
Research Scientist, Department of Genetics
Director, Cancer Genetic Counseling
Yale Cancer Center