A New Gig

I’m happy to announce that I’m now going to be blogging for WebMD.

Here, at “My Left Breast,” I’ll continue to write about breast cancer: my experience, of course, as well as the history, science, culture and ethics of the pink ribbon disease.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll also blog about the cancer patient experience more generally for the WebMD Cancer Realties blog. The WebMD blog features posts from an oncologist, a nurse, a caregiver and a patient, that is, me.

You can find the WebMD link here. There’s also a link to the right of this post, under “Blogroll.” My bio and profile are there now. My first post will go live tomorrow.

Hope to see you in both places!


About leftbreast

I have had breast cancer. I was diagnosed at 47, and am now 49. I have finished "active treatment," two surgeries, chemo, radiation, monoclonal antibodies. These days, I only take a drug to suppress my uptake of estrogen, since my tumor was highly reactive to that hormone. I have been married to my husband Pete for 21 years. I have a stepdaughter, Maureen, 30, and a daughter, Erin, 10. I've been a freelance magazine journalist for 20-plus years, covering everything from Chinese foreign policy to Catholic nuns to endangered species. I have had a great life. I have lived in Asia and all over the United States. I have spent nights with tree-sitters in Oregon and with astronomers at the Mauna Kea observatory in Hawaii. I've been to a cocktail party on the poopdeck of a British destroyer docked in Shanghai. I've taken the bus to Tibet, and tramped through the cloud forests of Panama with biologists. A magazine sent me on a raft trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon; another sent me to cooking school for a week. I have spent time with celebrities, presidents and heroin dealers. I love my work. I have a loving, supportive family and more friends than I probably deserve. I have had the space and time to camp, ski, cycle, garden, cook and spoil my pets (an Australian shepherd, a German shepherd and a tabby cat). If it all ended tomorrow, I would have to say that it has been a really, really good ride. When I was in thick of treatment, I was simply fighting for more time. Now, I'm trying to connect the experience of cancer with the rest of my life, with the time that's been won. I hope the cancer never comes back, but if it does, I'll be ready. That's what this blog is about.
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4 Responses to A New Gig

  1. Dick Guthrie (Tio) says:

    That is a fantastic piece of news.
    I can’t tell you how touched I often am by your postings.
    The recent ones about your mom’s caregiver are especially poignant for me.
    Congratulations on your new gig. I know you will knock ’em dead.
    Love to all of you,

  2. laurie pomeranz says:

    awesome, heather!!! i’m psyched to check you out at WebMD!!

  3. Peg Wittrock says:

    Hi, Heather,

    You have provided an amazing service for many women. This new gig is awesome – congratulations! You write with all the right emotions, seems to me, and illuminate the journey so many have taken. Good for you, and thanks!

    Peg Wittrock

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