I carried around the film of my uterus for some time.

DES daughter Alice Cohen

Exposed: 1954

Alice discovered, at the age of 18, that she had been exposed to DES in utero. She was later diagnosed with DES-related cellular changes, an unusually small and deformed uterus, hormonal imbalance, and infertility. Alice and her husband adopted their daughter four years ago.

Alice writes for television and the stage. Her play Philomela’s Tapestry uses a Greek myth to communicate the DES (diethylstilbestrol) story. The myth tells the story of Philomela, who is raped. She vows to tell what has happened, but her assailant cuts out her tongue. Silenced and wounded, she finds another way to speak by weaving her story into a tapestry to show to the world.