November 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Alexandra Jorge and Michele Lent Hirsch returned to their schools blocks from Ground Zero just weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Years later they were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which they connect to the toxins they were exposed to.

Michele has since written a book on the challenges she and other young women with diagnoses face, titled “Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine”.


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