An American-Israeli writer/activist, Ruth has written and spoken about how an unexpected close friendship with a Palestinian emerged out of breast cancer. She is penning a memoir about her experience, entitled Bosom Buddies: How breast cancer fostered an unexpected friendship across the Israeli-Palestinian divide. Galvanized to help others, Ruth became an advocate, promoting women’s health. She has lobbied the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, and works with Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem to promote women’s cardiovascular wellness among populations with the greatest need: Ultra-Orthodox women, Arab Israeli women, and those with disabilities, in addition to the general Israeli population. She has also become a peace activist, speaking with Ibtisam Erekat about their sisterhood and the ties that bind us all. Ruth’s story has been covered by the BBC, NPR, The Atlantic, & Alhurra TV. Her uplifting message: you can turn something bad into something good. You can meet an “other”… and therein, find YOU.
Topics: Advocacy, Breast Cancer, International Experiances, and Survivorship.