MouseStruck by Ita Stein Gvirtzman is a powerful and transparent glimpse into the life and inner turmoil a woman named Ita Stein Gvirtzman faces in not only her personal battle against cancer, but her struggle to deal with her past as a vivisector.
Vivisection: the cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation; broadly: animal experimentation especially if considered to cause distress to the subject (Merriam-Webster Dictionary http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vivisection). I must confess, I was not familiar with the term vivisector or vivisection. Honestly, I am grateful that I was previously oblivious to this definition. Mind you, I was not naïve regarding the practice of animal testing, I knew it was a real situation, but I never bothered (or just did not want to) learn the actual descriptive name.
Ita Stein Gvirtzman wrote this confessional, MouseStruck, regarding her life and process as a vivisector combined with her journey dealing with cancer. While receiving chemotherapy, Ita is faced with an epiphany of sorts and views herself as one of the many lab animals that faced her on the other side of the needle. Having a nurse inject a liquid into her veins that would cause her to vomit, lose her hair and feel pain, but never knowing how bad until it was too late, she could suddenly relate to the caged animals who always seemed to trust her as she poked and prodded them with dangerous materials. This dreamlike state forces her to make a very bold and life-changing decision; walk away. But, leaving the 13th floor was not enough to cleanse her soul and Ita devotes herself to finding answers, changing the norms and confessing her previous work in detail to anyone who would listen. There has to be a balance between finding cures and saving lives, for all living creatures, and Ita is determined to figure it out.
I do commend Ita Stein Gvirtzman for her bravery to not only walk out of the laboratory which contained the life she knew for 20 years and boldly step into a new role she created for herself through trial and error. Determined to go back to school, she creates a new self who is designed to protect the rights of animals in a logical and thought-provoking sense in order to achieve the most gain, yet find permanent solutions that benefit all sides of the spectrum. MouseStruck shares her conflicted journey with the reader.
Overall, I enjoyed the eBook, MouseStruck and could personally relate to some aspects, such as the tug-of-war one faces during a medical crisis; how much do you share with family and friends, how much do you just keep to yourself. Even though I have never been, and do not ever plan to be, a vivisector, I do have a deep love and compassion for animals and it pains me to see them needlessly suffer for our benefit (or especially lack of benefit). One other instance that I can understand is when you are faced with a life-changing event, your goals and beliefs suddenly change shape and meaning. It is as if someone has turned the kaleidoscope of life and the pattern is unlike one previously seen. Ita has allowed me to view a new colorful design.
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