Gila Pfeffer is a Jewish American writer and humorist currently living in London. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s AARP’s The Girlfriend and The Ethel, and the anthology I Just Want to Hang out With You, edited by New York Times bestselling author Jen Mann as well as Points In Case, Grown & Flown, Momtastic and more.
After learning she was positive for the BRCA1 gene, Gila embarked on a preventative mission to avoid the breast cancer that claimed both her mother and grandmother at young ages. Driven by a determination to stay alive for her children, at 34 she had a prophylactic double mastectomy (like Angelia Jolie but five years earlier and with less press coverage) and achieved her goal of becoming a pre-vivor. Six days later, she was diagnosed with the cancer she thought she had dodged. She is working on a reluctantly inspirational memoir called Great at a Shiva, which tells the story of her journey to escape her genetic destiny and survive with her sense of humor intact.
Today Gila is the mother of four teenagers as well as a 13-year breast cancer pre-vivor and survivor. She uses her social media platforms to promote breast cancer prevention, share her Jewish customs and rituals, and make her audience laugh. She posts funny, attention-grabbing “Feel It On The First” photos every first of the month on her Instagram which prompts women to take their breast health seriously. People frequently DM her to say that these reminders have led to diagnoses of early stage breast cancer.
You can find Gila at:
Website: The Mom Who Knew Too Much
Facebook: The Mom Who Knew Too Much