Angelina Jolie removed her ovaries because of cancer risk a few weeks ago, but it was not the first time she had a life-changing surgery. In 2013, she underwent a double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA1 gene which increases her risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow without their normal control, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. By the time a mass of cancer tissue has formed a noticeable lump, it may have been growing for as long as 10 years. Men can get breast cancer as well. Let’s see which of our favorite celebrities have dealt with such a serious issue.
Dr. Kristi Funk was Angelina Jolie’s doctor in 2013 when she had preventative double mastectomy procedure. “She is intensely private, but she calculated the moment when she would be ready to reveal something so personal. She knew always that in her philanthropic core she couldn’t keep this a secret and be who she is,” said Funk. Jolie had immediate breast reconstruction surgery where tissue expanders go in and are filled with saline until they can be surgically swapped with allograft implants which create a natural look.
She had her own show called “Samantha Who?” and now she is a survivor of breast cancer with a mastectomy of her own. She revealed in 2008 that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and didn’t tell anyone at first. Her mother survived breast cancer as well. She was getting mammograms regularly until a doctor suggested an MRI screening and they found something in one breast. The doctor found cancer in her left breast and they caught it at an early stage. “So, for me, I had to get in now, and I wanted to have my surgery now,” said Applegate.
Jane Fonda is starring in a new Netflix show called “Grace and Frankie” and she won’t have to worry about breast cancer at the same time. A doctor found a cancerous tumor in her breast after a mammogram and she had surgery to successfully remove it. “It was a good test, because I always said I’m not afraid of dying and I wasn’t. I mean, I felt, god, I’ve just joined a family of millions of women who have gone through this. And how interesting,” said Fonda on OWN.
She wants to soak up the sun and not let cancer beat her. The singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in her left breast and she had a lumpectomy with seven weeks of radiation therapy. “It was a really personal blow, because I was newly out of a relationship and that made it more difficult to even fathom that I could be diagnosed with cancer,” said Crow to Health magazine.
Cynthia Nixon has been doing a Lifetime movie, directing an off-Broadway play, and hosted a benefit for gender expansive youth called “A Night of A Thousand Gender.” She also beat breast cancer. “I didn’t really want to make it public while I was going through it. I didn’t want paparazzi at the hospital. I always sort of thought, ‘I’m probably going to get breast cancer. There’s a really good chance.’ I go for my completely routine mammogram and then I get a call from my gynecologist,” said Nixon.
Kim Gordon was diagnosed with noninvasive breast cancer. She had ductal carcinoma in situ which starts inside the milk ducts. “In situ” means it was in its original place. It can increase the risk of developing an invasive breast cancer later on. About 60,000 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ are diagnosed every year, according to breastcancer.org. Gordon is one of the only rockers to rock jean shorts in her video “Addicted to Love” by Ciccone Youth.
Hoda Kotb was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and underwent a mastectomy. In an article for “Today,” Kotb wrote, “The breast cancer I had required an extensive eight hour surgery, which included a mastectomy and reconstruction. I had a hip-to-hip incision as well as more incisions on my chest.” She is a co-host with Kathie Lee Gifford on the “Today Show.” She has been in a relationship with the financier Joel Schiffman.
Kylie Minogue is approaching her 10th anniversary of being breast cancer-free! She told Jonathan Ross on his show that she will probably drink champagne and cry when her anniversary hits on May 17. “It’s quite difficult to talk about it in interview situations because it’s deep and it’s long and it’s involved and it’s hard to really say what it was in a neat package,” said Minogue. Minogue is working on an extended play and will be in a movie with Dwayne Johnson.
Robin Roberts is an anchor for “Good Morning America.” She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012. For her breast cancer, she underwent eight chemotherapy treatments and 6.5 weeks of radiation. Then in 2012, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome which affected her bone marrow. She got a bone marrow transplant and went back to work in 2013. She won a Peabody Award for allowing the network to document her battle with it.
Fox is planning to produce a “Grease” live musical that will run three hours long. That’s a long time to sit through anything. The 1978 film version starred Olivia Newton-John who found out she had breast cancer in 1992. She underwent eight months of chemotherapy and became cancer-free. “Treatment lasted nearly a year. It was difficult, but I focused on staying positive,” said Newton-John. There is no word on whether Fox will recruit her for the musical version.
Carly Simon was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer in 1997. “It takes some time to get used to the fear of having it but I’ve always thought of myself as being a warrior. When you actually have a battle, it’s better than when you don’t know who to fight. I thought I might lose my hair. I bought a lot of wigs. But I haven’t had to wear any of them,” said Simon. She recently joined the board of the Martha’s Vineyard Theater Foundation.
Potter, take Weasley with you. He looks far too happy over there. Professor Minerva McGonagall was played by Dame Maggie Smith in the “Harry Potter” movies. She was diagnosed in 2008 with breast cancer and had intensive treatment during the filming of “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.” “I had been feeling a little rum. I didn’t think it was anything serious because years ago I felt a lump and it was benign. I assumed this would be too. It kind of takes the wind out of your sails,” said Smith.
Suzanne Somers was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. She found a surgeon who used a technique called cell-assisted lipotransfer to restore her breasts after her radiation therapy. “At the time when they took my breasts I didn’t want implants, I didn’t want a foreign object in my body, I didn’t want to do what they call a tram flap, which is where they cut a woman from side to side, at her hip take a muscle and blood vessel and move it up here, there’s no feeling,” said Somers.
Giuliana Rancic from “Fashion Police” announced her breast cancer in 2011. She was about to go in for a third round of in vitro fertilization treatment when a mammogram showed her cancer. She had a double lumpectomy and a double mastectomy. “It’s pretty much blood work every four months and they test everything to make sure I’m okay. That’s really the monitoring I do. I was very fortunate. Because I’ve gone public with the breast cancer, I hear a lot of stories and some are not as great as others,” said Rancic.
Kathy Bates was in “American Horror Story: Coven” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” She had a double mastectomy after a tumor was found in her left breast in 2012. “Breast cancer runs like a river through my family. My mother and niece had it; my aunt died of it. Even if you test negative like I did you can’t assume you’re OK. I’m sorry I had to have my breasts removed. There are lots of things I wish were different, but I have wonderful friends,” said Bates.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.