Angelo and Jennifer Merendino were married only five short months when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Angelo decided to catalog his wife’s treatment through his photographs, which he posted on a blog titled My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer. The images are beautiful, startling and heartbreaking, especially as they reveal Jennifer’s detereorating health. Unfortunately, Jennifer succumbed to the disease in December 2011, but her inspiration lives on in Angelo, who has started The Love You Share, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to women in need while they are receiving treatment for breast cancer, with 50 percent of the profits from his book The Battle We Didn’t Choose going to the cause. Check out a few more of Angelo’s incredible photographs after the jump and then peruse his blog for more about he and Jennifer’s wonderful love story. But bring the Kleenex, because it’s a multi-hanky read. [My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer via Viral Nova] Keep reading »
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You may recall the skeevy dudes of YouTube channel Simple Pickup who managed to persuade more than 100 women to be motorboated to raise funds for breast cancer research. Well, they ended up donating more than $2,000 burying their faces in tits, all of which was flat-out rejected by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In an email to the founders of Simple Pickup, the BCRF thanked the bros for their valiant efforts, but insisted on refunding their donation “out of respect for the sensitivities of the community we serve.” The bros of Simple Pickup think that the BCRF were totally out of line in this case and are outraged by the “small minority of haters” who found their sexual harassment for a cause offensive. Small minority? Heh. Let’s play our teeny tiny violin for them.
Here’s how we can help: the boys need suggestions for what to do with the money that breast cancer research lost. I’ll start! Donate it to a shelter for abused women. Your turn. [Gawker]
When life threw Michele Prieve Wilkinson a curveball with a breast cancer diagnosis, she chose positivity. A survivor in more ways than one, she just completed her second Ironman Wisconsin competition last month. Wilkinson, who is gracing the cover of Brava magazine this month, participated in her first Ironman just 10 months after finishing cancer treatment.
When Wilkinson found a lump in her breast, she expected it to be benign. When she instead received the call that she had cancer in September 2008, she was determined to fight it on her terms. She resolved to turn her diagnosis into a launchpad for positive changes in her life, and began racking up accomplishments she never dreamed possible. Her choice to find humor and hope in life’s darkest moments carried her through difficult treatments and even several marathons. Instead of making the anniversary of her diagnosis a grim reminder of tough times, she chose to dub it her “Canciversary” as a celebration. Keep reading »
Ah, the Hand Bra: I know it well. Granted, I am more familiar with the Rachel Krause Hand Bra than the Rebecca Romijn Hand Bra, but a Hand Bra is a Hand Bra and they all work just the same. Except Rebecca’s version helps to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while mine functions for more selfish reasons, such as not losing an eye while running for the subway. [Gossip Cop]
“Boobies” isn’t a bad word, especially when it’s being used to promote a breast cancer awareness campaign. A judge in Pennsylvania seems to think so, too, which is why he reversed a Pennsylvania school district’s decision to ban the “I (Heart) Boobies” bracelets. In a 9-5 decision, the court ruled that the “bracelets here are not plainly lewd and because they comment on a social issue, they may not be categorically banned.”
Was Angelina Jolie duped into an unnecessary double mastectomy by greedy surgeons who just wanted to mutiliate her for no other reason than to cash in on the expensive procedure? Such is the theory going around naturalistic circles. There are plenty of people who sincerely believe that cancer — even if you are genetically predisposed to certain types of it – can readily be prevented by certain foods, vitamins, and a healthy lifestyle. If only it were so. Keep reading »
“I’m quite emotional about it, of course. She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger. … [It has been] an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months. And I’ll tell you, it’s such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre hanging over our heads. To know that that’s not going to be something that’s going to affect us. My most proudest thing is our family. This isn’t going to get that.”"
Breast Cancer & Genetics: A Conversation With A Cancer Genetic Counselor About Angelina Jolie & What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s stunning double mastectomy news, we wanted to speak with a genetic counselor to find out a little bit more about how Angelina Jolie — and so many other women — came to the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy done. Jolie came to the decision after finding out that she had a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases the likelihood of breast cancer in women. The two complicit genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2 were first discovered by researchers in the early 90s, who identified them as the root cause of a genetic predisposition to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. According to researchers, hereditary cancer accounts for between 3 and 5 percent of all cases of breast and ovarian cancers, which sounds like a small number, but actually amounts to tens of thousands of cases a year.
To find out more about these genes, the tests that detect them, and the difficult decision Angelina Jolie and so many other women make to prevent breast cancer, we spoke with Gina Nuccio, a genetic counselor at Baptist Memorial Health Care, a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Keep reading »
In a stunning New York Times op-ed piece, Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d recently had a double mastectomy. The actress and mother of 6 revealed that she’d considered the procedure after finding out that she carries a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases a woman’s risk for both breast and ovarian cancers.
Thanks to the gene, “my doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” she writes. Keep reading »
Perhaps you missed this, but last week, Facebook was in a tizzy over a topless photo of a breast cancer survivor showing off her chest tattoo. The piece was meant as a celebration of her survival and a means of covering up her mastectomy scars, but Facebook classified the image as “pornographic.” The company’s official stance on photos says that Facebook “aspires to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.” Keep reading »