Dr. Mary-Claire King, American Cancer Society Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, relates, in very personal terms, her awful week she secured a research grant from the National Institutes of Health in 1981:
The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1
The title doesn’t do this amazing story justice. The story isn’t filled with feminist angst or rage. It’s filled with honesty about a young doctor and mother, faced with a week of terrible personal crises, who almost made a choice not to show up in Washington to pursue her NIH grant for her BRCA1 research, which has greatly advanced the understanding of breast cancer. And like all good stories, there are some surprises to make you glad you read it.