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How I Got To Here | With Katie Couric18:44
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(Brian Rea for The New York Times)
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I'm pretty sure no one has ever said, "I don't care how my date looks." And yet, we all need to be reminded sometimes that how we look doesn't determine how worthy we are of love. That's what Leslie Lehr learned --and it wasn't easy. She wrote about it in her essay, "How I Got To Here."

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Katie Couric is the Yahoo Global News Anchor and an award-winning journalist and TV personality, cancer advocate, documentary film producer and New York Times best-selling author of "The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives."

Couric joined Yahoo in November 2013 as the Global News Anchor, where she reports on live world events, anchors groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers, and hosts the digital series "World 3.0" and "Now I Get It."  Couric is the executive producer and narrator of "Under the Gun," a documentary presenting a balanced look at the gun debate, released in 2016, and "Fed Up," a documentary about the alarming spread of childhood obesity, released in 2014.

In September 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of an evening news broadcast as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric." Couric joined CBS News after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s "Today Show."

Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.  Couric is also a co-founder of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health.  Stand Up To Cancer has raised over $370 million to fund scientific dream teams that tackle myriad of cancers in collaborative and innovative ways. She tweets @katiecouric.

Leslie Lehr is the prize-winning author of seven books, including the novel, "What A Mother Knows," and essays in anthologies such as "Mommy Wars." Three years out from her breast cancer diagnosis, Lehr is still happily married, her hair is back, and she’s cancer free. Lehr is grateful to everyone who sent encouraging words during those dark days. Those insightful comments inspired her first project since her illness, a pop culture memoir about the American obsession with breasts. She tweets @LeslieLehr1.

Leslie Lehr and her husband, John, on their wedding day. (Courtesy Leslie Lehr)
Leslie Lehr and her husband, John, on their wedding day. (Courtesy Leslie Lehr)

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We're still collecting your stories about waiting for love. Did you wait around for someone? Did it all work out in the end, or was it time wasted? What did you learn from the experience? Record a voice memo on your phone — 30 seconds or less — and email it to modernlove@wbur.org. Missed the episode that was the inspiration behind this prompt? Listen here to Taissa Farmiga reading Hannah Selinger's essay, "Friends Without Benefits."

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