Revere’s Kathleen Bousquet publishes a book


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Revered native Kathleen (Callahan) Bousquet has worn many hats in her nearly 60 years and now includes a published author on her resume. Kathleen graduated from Revere High School in 1980 and Salem State in 1984. She held the title of Miss Massachusetts in 1986 and entered the Miss America pageant that fall. After her marriage, she moved first to New Bedford, then to Mansfield, settling in central Florida. The four-year period following his move to Florida is the subject of his memoir – Curves in the Road: Lessons Learned at the Intersection of Cancer, Car Crashes and Career Changes.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer nearly two decades prior, Kathleen discovered she had stage III endometrial cancer two weeks before a long-planned move from Massachusetts to Florida. The next curveball that came when she was hit by a car crossing a road on her bike while undergoing chemotherapy, breaking several bones in her leg and opposite arm. Completing cancer therapy and surgery in a wheelchair, she was later told she had a recurrence of breast cancer, requiring a bilateral mastectomy. With Cancer free and mobile, the search for her next career path took more unexpected turns. The maze of curves on the road included nine surgeries in less than a year, an incredible tribe of friends new and old, and a spiritual journey of perseverance, gratitude and humor to emerge as a stronger, more empathetic version. of herself.

Armed with a degree in biology from Salem State, Kathleen worked as a nuclear medicine technologist and later as a manager. She jumped into selling medical devices, then became an 8th grade science teacher for Norwood Public Schools. She now enjoys an even career as a real estate agent in the Orlando area.

Kathleen’s book is now available on Amazon in both print and Kindle e-book versions. The book cover was designed by her classmate Tracey Capobianco Ranauro.


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