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Harriet Alida Lye on surviving a rare disease, motherhood and the lessons from these parallel journeys
When Harriet Alida Lye was 15, she was diagnosed with a rare and lethal form of leukemia. Before her, there were no known survivors. And since then, she's had an acute sense of her body's ability to create death. But what she didn't know — and was told never to imagine — was that her body could also create life. Her extensive chemotherapy was supposed to have made having biological children virtually impossible. But Harriet beat those odds too. And in her memoir, Natural Killer, she writes about those parallel journeys — cancer and motherhood — and what they've revealed to her about life and death.