Oh, no! Beloved young adult author Judy Blume has revealed on her personal blog that she is currently battling breast cancer. The Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret author writes that this summer she intended to spend four weeks at an artists’ retreat at a castle in Umbria, Italy, finishing her next book. But instead Blume was diagnosed with breast cancer and hastily made plans to undergo a mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. It has been a month post-surgery and she’s back to writing and “feeling stronger every day.” Judging by her blog post, she seems to be in high spirits — she even cracked a small boobs/Are You There, God? joke with her doctor. (The doc didn’t get it.) Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy Blume and we have every hope she makes a full recovery! [Judy Blume Blog]
Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?
This astonishingly high statistic is one of the many things I learned about breast health at Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Initiative briefing yesterday. Surrounded by some incredibly influential and inspirational women, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and actress/activist Gabrielle Union, I was informed about the lives that screenings have already saved and the ways in which Planned Parenthood is expanding their services. Keep reading »
Looking back on high school, I’m often surprised that I graduated with even a modicum of science literacy — let’s just say that my projects usually seemed a bit rushed, which is to say they were entirely completed the night before the due date. But for the teens who competed in this year’s Google Science Fair, an annual competition that invites teenagers from around the world to digitally submit their science projects, I think it’s safe to say that science is a blessing and an opportunity, and not a curse. Among this year’s amazing contestants, grand prize winner Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old girl from Florida, seems to be stealing the show — and with her amazing project, a neural network that can diagnose breast cancer with 99.11% accuracy, can you really blame her? Read more…
I thought a post about the passing of an adult film actress who was known as the “Queen Of Clown Porn” could be interesting. But the illness and death of Hollie Stevens, age 30, of breast cancer is nothing short of absolutely tragic. Friends say that Stevens had no health insurance and couldn’t access decent health care; a lump on her breast claimed her life barely out of her 20s. Keep reading »
When Jodi Jaecks, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy, decided she would try swimming in order to achieve the level of physical fitness she had before she started chemo, she ran into a bit of a problem — there weren’t any swimsuits that fit her comfortably. Not one to be deterred, she ditched the idea of finding a comfortable suit and decided to swim topless instead.
But before that, when she found the tell-tale lump in her right breast, a photo of a breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy ultimately led her to the decision to have both of her breasts removed: ”It’s such a powerful image. She’s so healthy and fit. It showed me I could be in shape again. I could be happy again,” she said, citing the feeling of empowerment it gave her to undergo the mastectomy in lieu of removing the lump and waiting for the cancer to possibly resurface. Read more …
Another day, another new height reached in WTF-ery: New Hampshire’s state House has advanced a bill that would require doctors to give women “informational materials” before an abortion that “that inform the pregnant woman that there is a direct link between abortion and breast cancer.” Even though there isn’t.
This scare tactic just doesn’t go away, does it? Excuse me while I facepalm for the next three hours. Keep reading »