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Jane Loeb Rubin  

Jane Rubin, a hospital administrator and two-time cancer survivor, shares her experiences from the dual perspectives of a patient and a health care professional.

 Jane Loeb Rubin,  [email protected]

 Almost a Princess, My Life as a Two Time Cancer Survivor


My name is Jane Rubin. I am the Director of The Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in NJ and a two-time cancer survivor. Close to two years ago when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I decided to write an essay memoir to share my experience from the dual perspectives of a patient and a health care professional.   After my first diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 46 in 2000, I underwent chemotherapy and, later, radical prophylactic surgery to stave off the effects of the BRCA1 genetic mutation I had inherited.  Ten years later, I was blindsided with a diagnosis of peritoneal/ovarian cancer, and underwent another round of surgery and chemotherapy.  While my cancer is presently in remission, I am participating in a clinical trial and must undergo monthly testing to detect any recurrence of this dreaded disease.  Since the publication of Almost A Princess, I have been scheduling numerous speaking/book signing venues.

In my memoir, Almost A Princess, I reflect on my life growing up in a secular Jewish home with a hard-nosed but loving father, marrying my high school sweetheart at 19, raising three children as a divorced single parent, working in the healthcare field, remarrying in my forties, and becoming a grandmother, all with the many insights gained from struggling with my health challenges.  At first, I wrote about my experiences as a therapeutic exercise, to understand myself better as I faced down cancer, but, at the urging of my family and friends chose to share the coping strategies I developed for myself with other survivors and their families. Half of all royalties from this publication will be donated to The Mathilda Fund for ovarian cancer research.

The book is now in print and available through my website, amazon.com, other online publishers and in Barnes and Noble stores. I published with iUniverse and was awarded both the Editor’s Choice and Rising Star awards, given to only 5% of their publication.

My book endorsements are included below.

Jane Rubin

Almost a Princess eloquently captures the emotional journey of a cancer survivor. Author and survivor Jane Rubin courageously opens her heart as she takes us beyond the disease and helps us feel hope, strength, peace and healing.

Trisha Meili, Best Selling Author, I Am The Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility

Jane Rubin has written a memoir that is wonderfully inspiring and full of insights about her cancer experience within the context of a very full and meaningful life. Almost a Princess invites the reader to experience the courage, humor, and coping strategies of a woman determined to drink from a glass half full.

David M. Gershenson, MD

Chairman, Foundation for Women’s Cancer

  1. Taylor Wharton, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Gynecologic Oncology

Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Unit 1362

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


The powerful essays in Almost a Princess describe the hope and courage of a survivor of two deadly diseases. Cancer patients, their families and their friends will read Jane’s stories and appreciate the importance of coping and thriving through these horrible diseases. As a clinician/investigator, I am humbled by the bravery that our patients display.

Brian M. Slomovitz, MD, MS, Director of Research, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center and Associate Director, Women’s Cancer Center, Atlantic Health, NJ

In the introduction to her book, Almost a Princess, Jane Rubin writes, “At this point, I am feeling a bit possessive about my life and need to tell my story in my own words.” And yet, in telling her own story in a voice so intimately first person, her “possessiveness” results in a generous sharing of her life, her battles, her fear, her vulnerability, her perseverance, and her ever deepened humanity as she faces life’s imperfections.  Divorce, the loss of her younger brother, not one but two cancer diagnoses, and so much more could have left her broken, cynical, hopeless and afraid of loving in the face of inevitable loss. But she is anything but. This book is overflowing with her joy of simply being alive, her boundless love and her hard-earned wisdom that no moment, great or small, can be taken for granted.

With humor, with grace and with wisdom, she takes us along on her journey of self discovery” and it becomes our own. Reading of her hope gives us hope. Learning of her healing helps us with our own and gives us insight into the inner world of the patient as person. Reflected in Jane’s words, I saw my own experiences of love and loss clarified and illuminated. And for this, I am ever so grateful.

Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff

Temple B’nai Or

Morristown, NJ



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