North country native gets national attention for first book

wwny North country native gets national attention for first book

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - If you open the latest issue of People Magazine, you'll find a book that has ties to the north country.

Kate Pickert is from Rodman and attended South Jefferson High School.

Her first book called "Radical" explores the science and history of breast cancer in today's world.

People ranked it among the must-reads of this fall.

"That's always the dream, but you never want to get ahead of yourself with a book project," said Pickert.

In 2014, Pickert was diagnosed with breast cancer at 35. Pickert says she had no history of cancer in her family and after completing treatment, she spent two and a half years researching for this non-fiction project.

"There was so much that I didn't know about the science around breast cancer treatment and about what it's like to be a woman diagnosed with the disease," she said.

Pickert wrote for Time magazine for 7 years. Before that, the Watertown Daily Times.

She traveled across the country interviewing doctors and patients about the disease. What she didn't expect was how quickly the book would gain attention a month before getting released.

"It's definitely a really wonderful thing when you can take a difficult, bad experience and turn it into something positive. What I think is most gratifying is to know that because the book is getting attention, more people will read it and more people will learn more about the disease because it's such a common disease. Everyone knows someone who has or had breast cancer," said Pickert.

Pickert’s book hits stores October 1. Until then, it’s available for preorder on Amazon and other online booksellers.

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