Self Magazine EIC Pays Tribute to Her Hard-Working Mom

Dr. Helena Chang is a big part of daughter Joyce's view from the 37th floor of One World Trade Center.

SelfOctober2014Among the “Exciting Cancer Breakthroughs You Should Know About” listed in the October 2014 issue of Self magazine was this one:

Helena R. Chang, M.D., director of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center in Los Angeles, is studying a new procedure that allows doctors to deliver radiation during lumpectomies, inside the cavity where tumors once grew, which may lessen side effects. “This eliminates the need for the standard five to six weeks of daily, whole-breast radiation,” Dr. Chang says.

Dr. Chang is the mother of Self EIC Joyce Chang. The October 2014 issue was Joyce’s first as editor in chief and this week, in an interview with NBC Asian America’s Xuan Thai, Chang recalls that very meaningful bit of content and the way her mom embodies the magazine’s emblematic new focus of “motivated women:”

“My mother is the ultimate in self-made. She came to this country with two suitcases, barely speaking English, and she has become this leading voice for women’s medicine today,” Chang said…

“In the beginning when you’re a kid, you don’t understand why your mom has big dreams and why those big dreams can potentially trump your bed times or your birthday parties or your recitals or your games or all the other things that other mothers seem to do,” Chang reflected, “and so growing up, there was some tension there.”

“Looking back, I’m so glad that my mom just stuck with it,” Chang continued.

Check out the rest of the profile and fun photos from the Chang family archives here. In the accompanying video feature, Chang recalls putting out with her friends at age 12 a “New Yorker for kids.” Article author Thai is an MSNBC political TV show producer.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Joyce Chang Is No Longer Surprised by Self Magazine’s Male Readership