Women Who Inspire: Dr. Deborah Cohen

NAME: Dr. Deborah Cohen

AGE: 44

OCCUPATION: OB/GYN in San Francisco, California

WHO SHE IS: Who stages a dance party before they’re scheduled for a double mastectomy? Dr. Deborah Cohan had the whole operating room laughing and shaking it to Beyoncé’s “Get Me Bodied” before her surgery. This mom of two is a Buddhist and an OB/GYN (obstetrician/gynecologist) in San Francisco, California. She has always tried to incorporate the teaching principles of movement to her team of obstetricians and gynecologists to help cultivate their physical listening skills, so her pre-op dance party makes a lot of sense. 

WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: Deborah’s positive energy was off the charts, and she proved that attitude is everything. If she was able to approach a double mastectomy with such bravado, how dare I be afraid of life’s lesser evils?! When I find myself grumbling about something stupid, I think of her and do a little dance.

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Suzanne Rust

Suzanne Rust is a former editor and media spokesperson for Real Simple Magazine. She is currently a contributing editor for the MSNBC website, The Grio, where she covers culture and high-profile professionals in the arts. Rust also writes regularly for Citibank’s Women & Co. and BermanBraun’s Mom.me. She blogs at http://www.livingwithrust.blogspot.com and tweets @suzannerust