Author(s): Jodie Fleming
Dr Jodie Fleming, a clinical and health psychologist who previously specialised in the field of psycho-oncology - the human side of cancer - receives the terrifying news that she has two primary breast cancers. This becomes a frightening opportunity to practise what she preaches.
The doctor becomes the patient.
Having dedicated her career to helping others with cancer, and also caring for her husband with testicular cancer eight years prior, Jodie understands the role of caregiver on both a personal and professional level. The role of patient, however is another matter. Especially when the diagnosis comes exactly one month after the end of her marriage.
What ensues is the epitome of complicated grief and a foray into the world of cancer from the other side of the desk.
Jodie relocates interstate to her parents' home in country Victoria for a healthy dose of family dysfunction. Genetic testing and a prophylactic hysterectomy add salt to the open wound of infertility before viciously rubbing it in.
Forced to draw upon the psychological strategies she'd previously taught her clients, Jodie begins her true education.
A Hole in My Genes is Jodie's journey from that terrifying diagnosis to a cancer free future.