Writer Diane Mapes was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and has been writing and speaking about her experiences – and advocating on behalf of cancer patients – ever since. In January 2014, she began working for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she covers research, public health, prevention, health disparities and the patient experience for Fred Hutch News Service. Her reported pieces on everything from “The Lung Cancer Blame Game” to “Your Body, After Cancer” touch on oft-neglected topics and have gone on to win national awards. As an advocate, she’s testified in front of Washington state legislators, worked with researchers to improve patient care and connected with hundreds of cancer patients and researchers nationwide. A longtime health and lifestyle journalist, her work has regularly appeared on NBCNews, TODAY, CNN, MSN, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other outlets. The author/editor of two books, she also writes the breast cancer blog, www.doublewhammied.com and tweets/advocates at @double_whammied.
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