In high school, I asked my mom to let me go to a Red Cross blood drive. “Giving blood is fine,” my mother said, “but you know Jews don’t donate certain organs.” “Wait, what?” I asked,…confused. “When the Messiah comes, he raises everyone up, and we need to be buried with all of our vital organs,” she told me. “The body is sacred; it’s not ours to give away.” That seemed odd to me because, well, eventually we are dust anyway. But I certainly didn’t want to violate any more Jewish… >> Read More
There's no love like sister love. For one pair of sisters, Randi Fishman and Erin Silverman, their bond is unbreakable: the two are joined by a baby!
When Maryland resident Fishman was 28 in…2011, she received horrific news: She had breast cancer. Her diagnosis happened right after she got married and was about to start a family, crushing her pregnancy dreams. At the time, Fishman was able to her freeze her eggs and started the expensive, time-consuming process to find a surrogate. They found one and she gave… >> Read More
Several weeks into chemotherapy and proton therapy, Lydia lost most of her hair. At 7-and-a-half my daughter was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. It turned out that her night terrors and toothache…were really symptoms of a tumor growing under the surface of her right jawbone, a tumor that started in the connective tissue. As Lydia’s hair thinned more and more, I offered to shave her head. “Are you kidding me?” she said, hand on her hip and a death-ray stare in her eyes. “It’s bad enough… >> Read More
If my family had celebrated Passover when I was growing up, I would have been the child in the Haggadah “who does not know how to ask.” In my Jewish family, we celebrated Christmas, complete with…a glistening tree and equally glistening ham. Over Sunday breakfasts of bacon and bagels (the latter strictly a nod to our New York City residence), my family sounded like anti-Semites, who saw religious Judaism as sexist, primitive, and antithetical to success. Although as a family we travelled abroad every summer, we never visited Israel until… >> Read More
Thanksgiving is only a few days away, meaning it's that time of year to you start to make mental lists about what you're thankful for. And one family's story will definitely make you want to hold…your loves ones a little tighter this year. Sara Chivers, a mom of two boys (their younger is 18 months old), recently learned her brain cancer had come back, and the diagnosis was terminal. As if that's not terrifying enough, she also learned her 18-month-old also has brain cancer. The Melbourne, Australia, mom told "Today" how… >> Read More