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Tuesday, 4 September, 2007

US cancer patient woos Canadian gents - for medicare

"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."
That's how Jeanne Sather's , published last week on her blog , begins. Ms Sather (right), a former journalist for Newsweek and Reuters, decided to look for a Canadian husband in order to join the ranks of those whose healthcare is provided by the government.

Ms Sather, a Seattle resident, pays about $20,000 annually for her medical insurance and other costs. A move to Vancouver, with a Canadian spouse, would solve her health-cost problems, she says. Her ad continues:
Me: Writer, artist, teacher, well-known cancer blogger. Mother of two almost-grown sons (22 and 17). Vegetarian (but you don’t have to be). Loves animals (two large dogs and three cats), gardening, house projects. The beach. Books. Travel. Financially solvent except for absurdly expensive health insurance premiums and medical costs. Dislikes: Pink ribbons, chemotherapy, and unsolicited advice.

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.

I’m not looking for a caretaker, and you shouldn’t be either. I am looking for a lover and new best friend.
The approach may be a tad unorthodox, but Ms Sather's no beggar -- she told the Victoria Times-Colonist that : she's got to fall in love with the man. So, don't forget to send along a snapshot:
Contact: jeanne.sather@gmail.com with photo.
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