01/01/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Cathy Hainer, 38, a USA Today reporter who wrote poignantly about her fight with breast cancer, of the disease, in an Arlington, Va., hospice, Tuesday night. Her diary entry (published in the paper), when she was first diagnosed, in Jan. 1998: "Once Dr. Petrucci had left, I turned to my boyfriend, David, and said, 'This guy is crazy. I'm 36 and in love. How could I possibly have cancer?' "

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