Chapter 8 - Last Days of
the Indian Princess

Photograph by George Casias

In 1997 Shonnie's breast cancer was tardily discovered. Clashing with the medical system, the headstrong young woman makes the decision to forego conventional therapy. A DNA test shows that she carries 185delAG, the Jewish mutation. When alternative treatments fail, she dies within 18 months, brave and unrepentant. She was 28 years old.