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How The Fault In Our Stars Got It Right About Growing Up In The Hospital

I was born with Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, a genetic bone and muscular disorder. I had 26 surgeries by my 16th birthday, so hospital rooms and intimidating doctors’ offices quickly became the backdrop of my childhood, filling up metaphorical pages that other kids had reserved for dirt hill races and princess tea parties with their stuffed animals. Growing up, I was always a little different than my peers. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It just boiled down to different life experiences that I was having. I spent a lot of time reading, but it was tough to relate to the characters’ adventures when my world often seemed confined to a small, square hospital room.

Then a little book called The Fault In Our Stars came along. Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: Family Surprises Terminally Ill Mom With A Flash Mob Of Love

Grab a Kleenex now.

Two years ago, Amy Wagner was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer. After undergoing major surgery and painful chemotherapy treatments, Amy and her family got the worst news one year later: the cancer was back, and this time the diagnosis was terminal. Amy is determined to make the most of the time she has left. To help boost her spirits and show her that she is surrounded by love, her daughter Lauren brought together 50 of Amy’s closest friends to perform a surprise dance for her 56th birthday. “We recorded it so that she could re-watch it in times of struggle,” says Lauren, “and so that the 50 of us who participated could watch her beautiful reactions once she’s no longer with us.” This video is a perfect illustration of Amy’s motto: “dum vivimus, vivamus,” which translates to “While we live, let us live.” And seriously, grab a kleenex before you push play. You’re going to need it. [Today]

Celebs Cover The Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” As Breast Cancer Awareness Ad

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When I Think Of You, I Touch Myself

Us ladies can always use another reminder to touch ourselves … while checking for lumps on our breasts, obviously. Olivia Newton-John and other Australian celebs teamed up for a cover of the Divinyls’ classic “I Touch Myself” — written by the late Chrissy Amphlett, who died from breast cancer — for this touching reminder. [I Touch Myself]

Courageous Breast Cancer Survivor’s Naked Facebook Photos Reveal The Reality Of Fighting Cancer

Courageous Breast Cancer Survivor's Naked Facebook Photos Reveal The Reality Of Fighting Cancer

A breast cancer survivor in Australia posted powerful, naked photos on Facebook to show the hidden effects of breast cancer on a woman’s body, which is something that goes largely unmentioned when we think about breast cancer. Her goal is to raise awareness about cancer prevention, and expose the reality of the disease, as opposed to the pink ribbons we normally associate with breast cancer. See Beth Whaanga’s photos on The Gloss…

It’s Time To Cry: Dying Dad Writes 826 Lunchbox “Napkin Notes” For His Daughter

Dying Dad Writes His Daughter 826 Napkin Notes

Garth Callaghan has been leaving sweet notes in his daughter Emma’s lunchbox ever since she was a little girl. Written on napkins, Callaghan draws his wisdom from his own life and sources as varied as the bible and “Star Wars.” The notes began as a way to give Emma a few words of inspiration and advice alongside her PB&J, but two years ago they took on a much more poignant meaning when Garth was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors gave him an 8% chance of surviving the next 5 years. Despite the grim prognosis, Garth wanted to ensure that Emma would have one new napkin note in her lunchbox every day until her high school graduation, so he set out to write them — 826 of them, to be exact. He also started a Facebook page, Napkin Notes, to share his messages and encourage other parents to write their own lunchbox notes and “create a daily connection with your child,” one that’s much sweeter — and infinitely more meaningful — than a Hostess cupcake. Keep reading »

Model Takes A Break From Kicking Cancer’s Butt To Get Back In Front Of The Camera

25-year-old Elly Mayday had a thriving career in Canada as a plus-size model, and it seemed like nothing could slow her down until last summer, when she started feeling ill. “I was told it was a cyst so many times,” she says, “and I just knew deep down in my heart that there was something else wrong.” Turns out Mayday had a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Treatment required a grueling chemotherapy regimen, surgery to remove the tumors, and a full hysterectomy. In the process, Mayday lost her hair and 40 pounds, but she didn’t lose her lust for life or her desire to model. She’s already back in front of the camera, looking strong and beautiful, despite her uncertain prognosis. She even insisted on fulfilling her modeling commitment with a lingerie company after her surgery, shooting an ad that proudly shows off her surgery scars. Check out the inspiring image after the jump. And Elly? We’re all pulling for you. Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: A Mom’s Christmas Wish Is Granted 2 Years After Her Death

Brenda Schmitz Star 102.5 Christmas Wish
"My reason for writing is this. I have a wish."

“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer.” So began a letter written by Brenda Schmitz, a mother of four who had passed away in 2011. A month before she died, Brenda gave the letter to a friend and asked her to keep it a secret until her husband, David, had found love again, at which point the friend was instructed to mail the letter to Des Moines radio station Star 102.5. Why the radio station? Because every year, Star partners with local businesses to grant listeners’ Christmas wishes, and Brenda had some very specific wishes in mind for her husband, his new wife-to-be, and their family. Here’s an excerpt of her beautiful letter: Keep reading »

Breaking News: Batkid Comes To The Rescue Of San Francisco, I Mean, Gotham City!

Breaking News: Batkid Comes To The Rescue Of San Francisco, I Mean, Gotham!

Right now, as I type this post, Gotham City, aka San Francisco for the rest of the day, is under siege — but don’t worry, because BATKID IS THERE to save the day! A couple weeks ago, we told you about Miles, a five-year-old currently in remission from leukemia, whose dream was to be Batman for a day. And the Make-A-Wish Foundation has come through on their promise to make exactly that happen for Miles, thanks to the hundreds of Bay Area volunteers who came out today to turn SF into Gotham for the day. According to this mock cover of the Gotham City Chronicle (put out by the San Francisco Chronicle, just for today), Batkid has already apprehended the Penguin and saved a damsel in distress from the Riddler — and he’s not done yet! After the jump, check out the full version of the Gotham City Chronicle‘s front page — and tune into the livestream of today’s Batkid adventures at the link. So awesome. [NBC Bay Area] Keep reading »

Jose Serrano, Boy With Huge Tumor, Uses Viagra To Shrink Growth

Jose Serrano, Boy With Huge Tumor, Uses Viagra To Shrink Growth

The pill responsible for reinvigorating the sex lives of thousands could also help give a young boy a chance at a normal life. Jose Serrano, 10, of Juarez, Mexico, has an enormous tumor on his neck that stretches across his chest, inhibits his movement and threatens his life. Read more on Huffington Post…

It’s Time To Cry: Photographer Captures Wife’s Battle With Breast Cancer

It's Time To Cry: Photographer Captures Wife's Battle With Breast Cancer

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 Sharea 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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