Mean & downright narrow-minded

Been Tweeting this morning and have noticed a plethora of Tweets from a group of very mean individuals about Jade’s passing. How very narrow-minded of them. 

Meanwhile, Lisa Lynch, (aka AlrightTit), lies in a hospital bed after having reconstructive surgery following her battle with breast cancer. 

Even if you can’t see past your own ‘narrow-minded’ opinions, just think about the audience your Tweet/blog will reach. Many people are touched by cancer – if you think that is trivial, then think again.

Jade’s legacy

Unfortunately, Jade Goody lost her battle with cancer and died in the early hours this morning – Mothers’ Day. Her legacy will be to save the lives of many women previously unaware of the dangers of not getting screened regularly for cervical cancer.

Whether you loved or hated the reality star, you have to admire her desire to lead everyone through the pain of her struggle with cancer. Her drive to make us aware of what it means to leave symptoms undetected, of getting regular screening and also of the results was amazing.

Living with cancer in the public eye – with every move examined, discussed and analysed was an admirable decision, especially with such a young family in the background. Her legacy of awareness will benefit the wider public. Her courage and determination will be remembered.

The BBC reports here on what they call “The Goody Effect”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7925685.stm

I was brought up in Scotland, and as a result had my first screening at the age of 19 – while at university. I’ve been for screening (at least) every year since then. It’s just part of the routine. I don’t get a letter, I don’t get called up, but I make an appointment and I go. My reasons and desire to be ‘safe’ are driven by the knowledge that my mother had a ‘scare’ before my sister was born. I  also have a history of gynae problems – so for me – Jade’s case is really sad. But there are millions of girls/women out there who haven’t had the same experiences and who will now hopefully learn from Jade’s tragic story.

Reality TV – where should it end?

One of the most talked about characters from the early days of ‘Big Brother’ is the subject of Lisa Lynch’s latest blog. It’s an interesting take on reality tv and how we view the people we are exposed to. Reality Bites is definitely worth a read – especially if anyone out there has had any kind of encounter with cancer.

Never has my blog seemed so bland and empty…

I recently started to ‘Twitter’ and through the madness that is ‘Twitter’ (OK, so it’s really a recommendation by Stephen Fry) got to a blog called Alrighttit (you’ll find a handy link in my blog roll).

It’s definitely worth your time. Take a couple of hours. Grab a large coffee. Read.

You’ll understand.