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Angelina Jolie Reportedly Will Have Ovaries Removed

Angelina Jolie: Mastectomy
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Angelina Jolie reveals she's had a preventative double mastectomy. Read More »
Breast Cancer & Genetics
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  • Angelina Jolie is reportedly planning surgery to remove her ovaries, as she has a 50 percent risk of getting ovarian cancer. Yesterday Jolie published an op-ed in the New York Times revealing she has the BRCA1 gene mutation and underwent a voluntary double mastectomy to prevent developing breast cancer. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • “Breaking Bad”‘s Aaron Paul wants to take you to Disneyland! That is, if you donate $3,000 to one of his charitable endeavors. [Twitter.com/AaronPaul_8]
  • Beyoncé posted a letter to her fans in Antwerp, Belgium, after canceling her show last night due to exhaustion, saying “I’ve never postponed a show in my life. It was very hard for me.” [Daily Mail UK]
  • In other Bey news, her H&M bikini ad has been covered up in one of New York City’s conservative Jewish neighborhoods. [ONTD] Keep reading »

10 Steps To A Terrifying Online Medical Diagnosis (In GIFs)

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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 »

Today In Terribleness: Brittany Ozarowski Pretends To Have Cancer To Fund Heroin Habit

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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 »

John Wilson Teaches Cancer Survivors To “Always Keep Pedaling”

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On being "that young guy with cancer's wife." Read More »
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"I felt strong while I was riding."

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]

It’s Time To Cry: High School Brings Prom To Terminally Ill Student’s Hospital Room

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 »

Love After Cancer
One writer talks about love after cancer. Read More »
Facebook Kidney Donors
A Facebook kidney match program is saving lives. Read More »
Mastectomy Tattoos
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Breast cancer survivors ink their stories on their chests. Read More »

Trans Role Model & Activist Kate Bornstein Needs Our Help To Fight Cancer

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Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
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Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
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Fighter Fallon Fox comes out as trans. Read More »
Trans Teen Doc
Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »
Kate Bornstein

If you haven’t had a chance to read Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, go out right now and buy it. The woman has lived an incredible life — from being a male Scientology scout, to prize-winning playwright, trans activist and gender outlaw — and somehow managed to keep her wits and sense of humor through it all.

And now, after all of that, Kate’s battling cancer. Keep reading »

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