Seattle (PRWEB) September 1, 2007
Local blogger and cancer patient Jeanne Sather has posted a personal ad to her blog, The Assertive Cancer Patient, advertising for a Canadian husband.
"If I lived about 150 miles north, in Vancouver, B.C.," Sather says in a recent post on http://www.assertivepatient.com, "I would still be financially solvent, instead of having the stress of always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. I've been in cancer treatment for nine years now, and I'm tired of waiting for guaranteed national health care.
"If I married a Canadian, I would no longer have to worry about the high cost of cancer care."
Sather's treatment for metastatic breast cancer costs $300,000 a year. She pays about $800 a month for health insurance through the Washington state high risk pool, WSHIP, and has out-of-pocket medical expenses of $20,000 a year, including her insurance premiums.
The personal ad, which includes a photo of Sather at the wheel of her red 1964 Corvair convertible, says, in part:
"Assertive, adventurous 52-year-old woman, living with incurable cancer, would like to meet a marriage-minded Canadian gent who is a cancer survivor or living with the disease. ... You: Age 45 to about 57. Canadian citizen living in Vancouver, B.C., or willing to relocate there. Cancer patient or survivor. Open-minded. Bit of a risk taker. Warm hearted but not clinging. Bald OK."
As a journalist and an outspoken advocate for the cancer patient's point of view, Sather began blogging in September 2006. She has written about how to avoid medical mistakes, Breast Cancer Barbie, MIA doctors (who disappear when their patients are dying) and much more.
Sather began her career as a journalist, working for newspapers, magazines and wire services, including Newsweek in Tokyo, Reuters in Seattle, MSN (also in Seattle) and a number of other publications.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 at age 43, she started writing about cancer for the Web site OnHealth.com, which later fired her while in cancer treatment. That story made national headlines.
For further information:
jeanne.sather @ gmail.com
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