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 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.
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.
“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. [24×7]
MySpace Announces First Nationwide Concert Tour
MySpace, one of America’s most trafficked websites, has announced the official launch of the ‘MySpace Music Tour,’ a new series of MySpace produced and branded concert events. The first MySpace Music Tour, presented by Extreme Style by VO5, will kick off Oct. 16 in Seattle, and will be co-headlined by artists Hellogoodbye and Say Anything. Other bands will include MySpace Records artist, Polysics, and to-be-announced special guests. The Tour will include more than 30 shows across the United States throughout October and November 2007.
“MySpace has served as a platform for countless bands and musicians around the world to showcase and promote their music to millions of fans online,” said Tom Anderson, president and co-founder of MySpace. “With the new MySpace Music Tour concert series we are able to bring people face-to-face with the bands and artists they’ve come to know and love on the site. The kick-off tour has an amazing line-up of bands and I know the MySpace community will be psyched to see them live.”
To date, MySpace has more than eight million bands using the site. MySpace music has allowed bands to share music and videos, announce tour dates and communicate with fans and others in the MySpace community, seamlessly integrating the web into shared online and offline experiences. MySpace Music has been the launch pad for exclusive, high-profile album releases from artists such as Gnarls Barkley, Panic! At the Disco, Lily Allen, Fall Out Boy, Timbaland, Modest Mouse, The Used, and many more. Exclusive album releases recently featured on MySpace include T-Pain (#1 Debut on Billboard), The Used (#5 Debut on Billboard), Timbaland (#2 Debut on Billboard), Modest Mouse (#1 Debut on Billboard), and The Shins (#2 Debut on Billboard). [24×7]