Debra Bradley Ruder is a Boston-based freelance journalist specializing in health care and education. She spent 20 years as a writer, editor, and project manager at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University before launching her own business, Debra Ruder Communications, shortly after turning 50. She loves working from home and covering topics ranging from engineering to eating disorders. Her articles have appeared in magazines, newsletters, and websites for Harvard, Boston College, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, and other institutions. Debra maintains a blog about saying “goodbye” at the end of life; she’s also producing a play about her late grandmother, Justine Wise Polier, a pioneering family court judge in New York City. Her “extracurricular” passions include dancing, seeing Broadway shows, and traveling with her husband and two teenage sons.