Join Bexley native and author Joselin Linder as she discusses her riveting personal story, The Family Gene. The book chronicles her investigation into a deadly gene carried by herself and only fourteen other people that had already claimed the life of her father and other family members.
This special event is offered in partnership with the Bexley Public Library, Bexley Education Foundation and Bexley City Schools, where Joselin will speak with students during the day as part of the Judah Folkman, MD Scientist in Residence Program, along with geneticist Dawn Allain, Director of the Genetic Counseling program at The Ohio State University. Books will be available for sale at the evening event and a signing will follow.
When Joselin Linder was in her twenties, her legs suddenly started to swell. After years of misdiagnoses, doctors discovered a deadly blockage in her liver. Struggling to find an explanation for her unusual condition, Joselin compared the medical chart of her father—who had died from a mysterious disease, ten years prior—with that of an uncle who had died under similarly strange circumstances. Delving further into the past, she discovered that her great-grandmother had displayed symptoms similar to hers before her death. Clearly, this was more than a fluke. Digging into family records and medical history, conducting interviews with relatives and friends, and reflecting on her own experiences with Dr. Christine Seidman of Harvard Medical School, Joselin pieces together the lineage of this deadly gene to write a gripping and unforgettable exploration of family, history, and love.
Joselin Linder is a regular contributor to the New York Post and her work has also been featured on This American Life, Morning Edition and Life of the Law. She spoke at the TedX Gowanus event in Brooklyn in 2014, presenting for the first time on the subject of her family gene and the deadly illness to which it leads. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two dogs.