I don’t usually converse or go into great detail about my mother’s battles with breast cancer because it’s a very emotional topic. But when I see a woman told that she can not keep her children because she has Stage IV breast cancer, which is stabilized, I must act.
At 16 during my junior year of high school, my mother was diagnosed with Stage I, invasive breast cancer. It was discovered early and the prognosis was very good but cancer is cancer and frightening regardless of its stage. I had the daily fear that I would lose my mom and I wanted to spend as much time in her presence as possible. I needed to hear her voice, see her face, smell her scent, feel her hugs, basically I needed my mother. And after the double mastectomy and reconstruction, I was happy that we had that time.
Fast forward to October 2010, my senior year of college, my mother was re-diagnosed with breast cancer and all of those fears came flooding back. Thankfully it hadn’t metastasized but it was cancer nonetheless and this cancer was scarier than before; because I was now aware of the fragility of life. Even though I was, then, 21, I still needed and wanted my mother. I had to be in her presence because it was my only reassurance that she was alive. After 16 weeks of chemotherapy, 1 surgery, and now undergoing 6 weeks of radiation; the fear and anixety has somewhat resided.
You can ask any mother who has survived or is currently surviving breast cancer what keeps her going and she’ll tell you her children. And the truth is, we children need our mothers to help us keep going just as much as they need us.
So sign the petition and help Alaina Giordano keep her children because they need and want to be with their mother.
My mom actually watches Dr.Oz (or as i like to call his show: “the worst hour of my day”) and happened to catch this ridiculousness as i was making lunch.
The rest of the show he spent his time telling mass groups of women how to eat healthier and make complicated ass health smoothies of avacado, fig and cocoa powder and blah blah blah..
I HATE Dr. Oz!! My mom watches that foolishness. The one episode I saw, he used a plastic PVC and a hammer to explain abdominal aortic aneurysms even though it actually develops slowly over time, are rare but occur mostly in men, smokers and those with high blood pressure and are hereditary. The guy sensationalizes (if that’s even a word) medicine and the target audience of his show aren’t knowledgable enough of medical conditions to know any better. WebMD is better than Dr. Oz
I know that in the long run and the big picture this might not mean much, but I absolutely fucking hate it when someone address mail with “Mr and Mrs. Charles Jones”.
Way to erase the woman completely….
I worked at a place doing thank you letter mailings for those who made donations. At first I went by whichever name was listed first on the check and sent out several ‘Mrs. & Mr. Jane Doe’ but the place is uber conservative and made me send them as ‘Mr. & Mrs. John Doe’. I absolutely hate it
“I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognize that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are inseparable.”—
RE:Don’t wander outside of Temple’s campus, you might get robbed or shot. North Philly is not a nice place lol. Seriously tho hope you enjoy yourself while you’re in the city of Brotherly Love
Hm. Thanks for the warning or you coulda seen be on Northy Philly Nighttime news. And thanks! :)
No problem. Tumblr cant afford to lose an All Black Everything blog such as yours
My brother graduates from law school on Monday. I’m proud. I’m going to Philadelphia tomorrow (granted the world doesn’t end) to meet up with my older sister and we’ll be driving down to Connecticut on Sunday for his graduation. She’s a teacher’s assistant at Temple, so hopefully I’ll be able to…
Don’t wander outside of Temple’s campus, you might get robbed or shot. North Philly is not a nice place lol. Seriously tho hope you enjoy yourself while you’re in the city of Brotherly Love
“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”—
Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings should be required reading text in every high school. This book changed my life, I saw things differently, had a renewed sense of hope. I only wish I hadn’t waited until I was a rising senior in college to read it and be both empowered and enlightened.