About Kate Catlin Payne

Life is short but beautiful.

My name is Kate. I love my family and friends, Boston sports, traveling, writing, gardening, and laughing until I cry. I work in communications and live in North Carolina.

I launched this blog in 2016, one week after my bilateral mastectomy, which was three days after my wedding.

Breast cancer was something in my family history so I was able to be proactive through genetic testing and early screening – ultimately making the earliest possible catch, stage 0, at the age of 31. That said, it was trickier than we anticipated – the most aggressive type of DCIS.

I felt so lucky and so intentional about the way I was able to control my destiny – as much as possible – that I felt called to share my story.

About a week shy of the seven-year anniversary of my bilateral mastectomy, I was diagnosed with breast cancer again. This time it was stage 1A, I was 39, and the mother of two toddlers. It was a gut punch of emotions but I am, once again, feeling thankful and called to share my story.

This blog is my little slice of therapy. It’s a creative release, not medical advice. Life is short and I appreciate the opportunity to share mine with you.