Get out your tissues, because this one’s a doozy. Christine Swidorsky and her fiance Sean Stevenson were planning to marry in July 2014, but after getting the news that their two-year-old son Logan, who suffers from acute myeloid leukemia, only had a couple weeks left to live, they decided to change the date to “as soon as possible.” They were able to throw together a lovely ceremony on Saturday, with Logan, dressed up in a tiny pinstripe suit, walking down the aisle with his mom and serving as the couple’s best man. The 12-minute ceremony included tears of joy and tears of sadness. Logan was able to appear in family photos along with the couple’s two other children, and his favorite stuffed rabbit was even immortalized in frosting on the wedding cake.
Two days after the wedding, Logan passed away. In a grief-stricken Facebook post, Christine shared the news and sent out a sweet message to Logan: “He is with angels and he’s in no more pain. No more sickness no more hospitals … I’ll [see you] in my dreams my son.” So heartbreaking. [Daily Mail]
Happy birthday, lovely Cancers! As a little birthday gift to you, we thought we’d put together a compatibility guide to sum up some of the pros and cons of your romantic match-ups with each sign. Read on to get the scoop on all your potential pairings! Keep reading »
You may be in need of an emotional release after last night’s filibuster and this morning’s DOMA ruling. Perhaps a good cry, “Beaches” style? I’ve got just the video to destroy your soul so the Phoenix can rise again from the ashes. Shortly before superfan Anna Greenberg lost her battle with cancer, Bette Midler placed a phone call to the 28-year-old on her death bed.
“It’s a mean world and I think the idea that people are kind and that they enhance the world, they are life enhancing, is so important. I’m just so touched that I was able to see the shining light that is around you,” said Midler. That alone is enough to squeeze a tear out of a stone, but then Bette went on and fulfilled one of Greenberg’s dreams by singing “Wind Beneath My Wings” to her. OK. I’m done for. Sobbing at my desk. [Queerty]
Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call to our nation to protect the next generation by increasing HPV vaccination rates.”
The fact that the infection rate has dropped so much comes as a surprise because the inoculation rate in the U.S. is relatively low: only a third of girls ages 13 to 17 in the U.S. have been vaccinated. Unfortunately, HPV vaccinations have been dogged by “moral panic” concerns that vaccinating adolescent girls will encourage them to be promiscuous — which is flat-out not true. Keep reading »
Tania Castellano was seven-years-old when she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the nervous system. Despite the diagnosis — and the harrowing treatments — Talia pressed on with the business of living. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Talia reveled in her favorite activity — playing with makeup — and created a thriving YouTube presence with more than half a million subscribers. Her channel, Makeup Is My Wig, features hundreds of videos. There are videos of her happily chatting to the camera, (seriously really good!) makeup tutorials, and reviews of her favorite new shopping purchases, or hauls. Basically you could spend, like, a thousand hours watching Talia’s videos and never get sick of them. She’s smart, funny, approachable and really, really cute.
Earlier this year, after multiple rounds of treatment, Talia found out that the cancer had spread all over her body. Now 13, she knows she doesn’t have much more time, but has a few things she’d still like to accomplish. On the top of that list? Becoming a fashion designer — even if she’s designing from a hospital bed. And that’s where fashionista Urbana Chappa — herself a cancer survivor — stepped in. She’s collaborating with Talia on a new fashion collection called That Bald Chick, which reflect Talia’s upbeat personality and spunky style. Plus! All proceeds from the collection’s sale will go to Talia’s family, who are facing sky high medical bills.
For her part, Talia has a very Zen approach to her cancer. “I’ve gotten so many benefits from [cancer],” she said in one of her videos. “Having a YouTube channel, having to inspire people and having people look up to me … the journey of having cancer was amazing. But every journey has an end.”
After the jump, The Frisky speaks with both Talia and Urbana about their collaboration, and how fashion keeps Talia’s spirits up. Keep reading »
For the past week or so, I’ve had a small itchy rash on my cheek. Yesterday I finally went to the doctor, and by “went to the doctor” I mean I typed “itchy cheek rash” into Google, read about the most dire medical problems that include cheek rashes in their list of symptoms, and convinced myself I’m going to die. Are you interested in diagnosing your medical problems online? Want to guarantee the lowest level of accuracy and the highest level of panic? Not sure where to start? Read on to try my patented 10-step method, illustrated by GIFs… Keep reading »
Feeling bad because you swiped the last bagel at Starbucks? Don’t. There are actually evil people in the world, like Brittany Ozarowski, 21, who pretended to have bone and brain cancer to bilk concerned family and friends out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to support her heroin habit.
Ozarowski, of Medford, New York, got $100,000 from her grandmother, who sold her house to fund her faux cancer treatment. Her father cashed in his retirement fund to offer up another $25,000. She also targeted Walter Warren, a neighbor who had lost his own son to cancer in 2007. Keep reading »
Fighting cancer is difficult for anyone, but especially for people who lead particularly active lives before their diagnoses. John Wilson was an avid hiker, biker and basketball player before being diagnosed with Epithelioid sarcoma in 2006. A rare and aggressive soft tissue cancer, treatment required that Wilson’s left leg be amputated. Undaunted, within months, Wilson was back to some of his favorite activities, and quickly realized the therapeutic power of sports and nature. In 2010, he founded the AKP — Always Keep Pedaling — Foundation, dedicated to helping other cancer survivors regain their zest for life via outdoor adventure activities. “At AKP we believe that the best way to build confidence is to take healthy risks,” says Wilson.”The purpose of the AKP Foundation is to build the confidence of young adults who have suffered physically altering trauma due to cancer by helping them find adventure through adaptive sports.” Twice a year, Wilson and AKP host a retreat, inviting young cancer survivors who might not otherwise have the means or access, to come together and bond while taking part in fun physical activities like skiing and biking. The experience has been life-changing, and many participants say that it’s what’s helped them move on from surviving to really living again. I dare you to get through this video without tearing up. And to find out how you can help cancer survivors click here. [AKP Foundation]
Katelyn Norman, a 14-year-old from Tennessee, suffers from an aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Last weekend, her doctors told her ”it has spread a lot, my cancer, and that it’s the beginning of the end of my days.” Katelyn wrote up a bucket list, which included attending her high school prom, and her school obliged, planning a prom especially for her that was set to take place on Tuesday evening.
Unfortunately, on the way to the dance, Katelyn experienced difficulty breathing and and had to be airlifted back to her room at Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Undeterred by the setback, Katelyn’s school brought prom to her: in a hospital room decorated with streamers, Katelyn’s date gave her a corsage, and she was presented with a “Prom Queen” sash. When Katelyn looked out the window, she saw hundreds of people from her community gathered in a vigil for her. “We just want to give her what she ain’t going to see,” says Katelyn’s mother. “Just try to fulfill what she wants to do, which isn’t much, but it’s something to her.” See a couple more pictures of Katelyn’s special night after the jump… Keep reading »