ANNIE PARKER DECODED
Author: Anne Parker
The inspirational true story that inspired the film Decoding Annie Parker.
When Annie Parker was fourteen-years-old, she lost her mother to cancer. Twelve years later, her beloved sister, Joan, also died from the same disease. Annie’s doctors told her it was “just bad luck.” She didn’t believe them. Annie became convinced that there had to be a genetic link and that she, too, would get cancer.
She did. When she was twenty-nine, Annie developed breast cancer. She survived; her marriage didn’t. Then, nine years later, Annie was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer; once again, she survived.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mary-Claire King, a geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered the BRCA gene mutation responsible for 5 to 10 percent of all breast cancers. Annie became one of the first women in Canada to be tested for the mutation and her results were positive for the deadly gene.
In 2006, Annie had cancer for the third time. She survived and has become an advocate for cancer awareness and genetic testing.
- ISBN 978-0-9938305-0-3 (softcover)
- ISBN 978-0-9938305-2-8 (html)
- 248 pp, 5.5″ x 8.5″
- Published 2014
- CAD $ 19.95