Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure rudely interrupted

race for the cure seattle 2014During the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure it started to rain, but not the beautiful rain you love to run around in… Instead, it rained cat feces, cat litter, chicken breasts and a green liquid (Nickelodeon slime?). As it turns out, a lady from the fifth floor apartment that the race was going on by was the cause of the cat poop-throwing rage.

The police say that the women was so angry about the noise the race for cancer was making that she flung cat feces and frozen chicken parts. (Kind like angry birds but with cat poop and chicken.)

On Sunday morning, officers reported seeing a “hail of garbage” fall from a fifth story apartment in downtown Seattle.  Continue reading “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure rudely interrupted”

Melissa Etheridge is Banned From My Window Until She Shuts Up About Angelina Jolie

Melissa Etheridge on stageMusician, activist and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge dislikes all the talk of Angelina Jolie as a brave and honorable soul.

During a non-televised interview, Etheridge said Jolie actually made the “most fearful choice,” adding that her stress levels and nutrition should have been taken into account.

“It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not,” Etheridge told the Washington Blade. “Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything but it never comes to cancer.”

There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don’t even know where to start. It’s like the notion that you can’t catch a cold unless you’re a feeble, bedridden old geezer.

Eating healthy, exercising and living with the lowest amount of stress are proven ways to extend the human lifespan, but cancer is much harder to avoid than say, heart disease.  Continue reading “Melissa Etheridge is Banned From My Window Until She Shuts Up About Angelina Jolie”

Angelina Jolie Starts Dialogue on Genetic Testing, Lands Cover of Time Magazine

Angelina Jolie cancer coverAngelina Jolie caused quite a stir when she announced she had both her breasts removed shortly after learning that she had an 86% chance of developing cancer in them at some point in her life.

Most applauded her courage in one way or another. Some respected her choice even though it was not the one they would have made while others slammed her, calling the decision and following announcement extreme and irresponsible because it might encourage other women to “mutilate” themselves. (“Where is the proof that she even did it in the first place?” one ScienceAlert user wondered.)

Jolie’s predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer (caused by the BRCA1 gene) also brought up the timely issue of who can and can’t afford the highest quality of health care in our country. People know the system doesn’t work, but no one – politician or otherwise – seems to know how to fix it.  Continue reading “Angelina Jolie Starts Dialogue on Genetic Testing, Lands Cover of Time Magazine”

Angelina Jolie Had a Double Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie 2013Angelina Jolie explained her recent absence, revealing that she had joined the likes of Giuliana Rancic, Sharon Osbourne, Kylie Minogue, Kathy Bates and the tens of thousands of American women who undergo mastectomy a year, in a New York Times piece titled “My Medical Choice.”

Jolie wrote that the decision to have her breasts surgically removed and replaced with implants came after doctors learned that she carries a gene that heavily increases the chance of developing breast cancer.

In the heart-melting article, she describes the process, which began in early February and ended in late April, and encourages others to be brave and get tested.  Continue reading “Angelina Jolie Had a Double Mastectomy”

Relax, Emma Watson Didn’t Dye Her Dog Pink

People who like to think of themselves as animal rights activists (really they donate $5 a year to the Humane Society) expressed concern over pictures of Emma Watson walking a pink Bichon Frisé in East London.

I’m with you on this one, I had no idea what a Bichon Frisé was despite my two years in dorky dog 4H. Wiki tells me that they are descended from Standard Poodles and Water Spaniels.

Canine lesson over, onto even less important things… The dog, Darcy, isn’t even hers. It belongs to America’s Next Top ModelBritish Invasion winner Sophie Sumner, a close friend of Watson’s. After the criticisms, Hermione wrote:

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‘Boobstagram,’ Instagram’s Seedy French Uncle

Two Frenchman have taken the best parts of the photo-sharing filter program Instagram and transformed it into “Boobstagram.”

It’s a compilation of thousands of pictures of barely-covered bosoms from Instagram (thanks, Paulina Gretzky), AND it promotes breast cancer awareness!

See, it’s right there on the front of the page:

“Showing your boobs on the web is good, showing them to your doctor is better.” 

Founder Julien GLT and sociologist Lionel Pourtau explain that their idea is “glamorous,” “audacious,” and “original.”  Continue reading “‘Boobstagram,’ Instagram’s Seedy French Uncle”

At This Point, Giuliana Rancic Doesn’t Care About Her Breasts

Giuliana Rancic told Michigan Avenue magazine that she doesn’t completely understand people’s reactions to her breast cancer and decision to have a double mastectomy after being diagnosed.

 “People come up and they have sadness in their eyes, and I think, at a time when everyone’s looking at me with pity, I look at myself as lucky. I think I just dodged the biggest bullet of my life.” 

“Maybe in some way I’m a little bit of a messenger. Maybe God knew that I have a big mouth, that I’m a loud Italian chick, that I wouldn’t hide anything. It now starts to make sense to me why I think I got the cool job, because I think HE knew I would do some cool stuff with it.”

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