Cathy Breitenbucher is a Milwaukee-based writer who can trace her interest in medicine to dinner-table conversations with her parents, a nurse and a laboratory technician. She is a native Iowan and graduate of the University of Iowa. She had a thirteen-year career as a full-time newspaper sportswriter, highlighted by covering the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988. Since 1992, she has been a freelance writer for publications such as People magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post and several Milwaukee-area magazines and newspapers. This is her third book. She is married and has one daughter.