The Hairpin makes me laugh, cry, smile, nearly vomit, and more. I am continuously shocked at how often the articles relate to my life, or maybe I'm just pleasantly surprised to discover that we're (collective we) not so different after all.
also it is worth mentioning that if you type any name into www.wolframalpha.com you can see it's popularity curve over the last century.
@frigwiggin Just start calling that kid House and piss off its parents immediately.
@mangosara Oh, good lord. That guy makes today's Toothpaste For Dinner even more apropos.
@SarahDances - In a surprise twist to usual FL facts, I've learned from my mom's experiences that insurance in this state are required to reconstruct per the patient's instructions, until the patient is satisfied. It took 5 surgeries AFTER the mastectomy to rebuild her breast, and she did NOT take the easy implant route, and it's all been covered by insurance. YMMV, sure, but it's worth looking into.
What an impressive and brave use of her fame!
When I was in high school, I took a bioethics class where the teacher was a real tool. We were talking about prophylactic mastectomies, specifically the case of a woman in a 20/20 segment or something, who chose to have the procedure done in her forties, as a married mother of 2. My teacher said "It's a fine choice, but I guarantee if she wasn't married, she wouldn't have done it. If she were still trying to catch a man, she wouldn't want to be damaged goods." (I swear. Who is this man????) So I raised my hand and said, "I think lots of women would rather be alive and healthy than a dying pin-up." He said, "You may not know this, fata morgana, but some women actually like looking attractive." I shut him up by staring him down and asking him to repeat that so I would have the wording right when I told my parents, but still! I was 15, and we were in an all-girl's school. So unacceptable.
Now that AJ has come forward and told this story, I'm seriously considering emailing him the link with a little comment recapping our conversation and saying something like, "I hope you're no longer giving the girls the impression their sex appeal should come before their health."
@beeline96 You are one righteous lady.
@minijen right?? the guy who said I do not think there is a direct link between gene fault and cancer, rather an indirect one. ...and then proceeds to tell everyone to drink clean water and get lots of sleep to avoid getting cancer.
THANKS FOR YOUR OPINION, DUDE. let's call up SCIENCE and let them know.
I am not happy that she, or anyone, had to make that descision, but I am happy that she can now be the face of mastectomy. I think we can all agree that the chances of her losing sex appeal after this are slim to none (she is, afterall, Angelina-fucking-Jolie) so it will be nice to say to a friend going through this, "look, it will not make you look un-womanly. It will make you look like AJ. Holla". So for that, I thank you!
@beeline96 FOR SURE! My mom too! And my husband's mom! And my Gramma! EVERYONE IS ANGELINA! WE ARE THE WORLD.
By on "Comfort IN, dump OUT."
@PatatasBravas You give them a job. "Julie, it was SO NICE for you to stop by for 5 minutes and try to chat about your life story for a while even though I cannot deal with you because you flirt with my partner and are bad at boundaries! Thank you so much for a visit. I think we're both really exhausted. Oh, you want to do more? You really want to help? We're running out of toilet paper and cheerios, and I was up all night and don't feel safe driving...."
Julie was out of there so quickly. It was awesome, and we got toilet paper and cheerios, and SHE KEPT BRINGING TOILET PAPER AND CHEERIOS, and it was good.
And there's the pretending you're giving her inside information. "Yeah, I don't know if many people know this, but with the type of chemotherapy she'll be getting, she's going to lose her hair..." No shit she's going to lose her hair, but Julie was like I WILL BRING HATS.
And then you enlist your inner circle, and say "look, peeps. Julie is wanting to be closer than she is, and is being annoying. Can you guys please help with this. She bugs me and I can't deal with her."