I’m a fulltime freelance writer specializing in health, humor, lifestyle and singles issues. A regular contributor to the online sites NBCnews (formerly MSNBC), MSN, Match and TODAY, my work has also appeared in Bust, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, Columns, Health, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Times, Self, Singular Magazine, Southern Living, The Washington Post, and (my personal favorite) Poultry Magazine.
I wrote Single Shot, a funny column about the single life, for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for two plus years before Hearst decided to shut down the paper in March 2009. I’ve also published a couple of books, How to Date in Post-Dating World and Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness. More info about my writing (and links to my work) can be found at dianemapes.net.
In February 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer (invasive lobular – four tumors, two in each breast) and underwent a double mastectomy two months later. I spent my summer doing chemotherapy (my particular cocktail was taxotere and cytoxan), followed by seven weeks of near-daily radiation treatments. Aside from a daily dose of tamoxifen (which I’ll be taking for the next five years), I finished my breast cancer treatment with one last “rads” blast on November 8, 2011.
My next big step will be reconstruction (provided the radiation hasn’t destroyed my skin). In the meantime, I’m hoping to make some sense out of all this cancer crap I’ve gone through these last few months. Hopefully, this blog will help me work some of that out. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the ride.