Saturday, 23 May 2009

Session 4/12 Jade Goody

This is the book I am currently reading.
Might I add that proceeds from the sale of this book are given to the Marie Currie Cancer Foundation.
Jade Goody was a reality TV star, rising to fame in Big Brother. She was known for being a little bit "dim", "dippy", she said what she thought. She came out of the show a star, always smiling, loud and bubbly and continued to live her life in the public eye.
She came from nowhere, had a tough life growing up and yet you didnt feel that when you saw her on TV or in the papers, she was just a normal girl.
She found out that she had cervical cancer at the age of 27 last August when she was filming the Indian version of Big Brother, Big Boss and from then on she was in the lime light for not the best of reasons.
She decided to film her fight with cancer to raise money for her two little boys aged 3 & 5 so that if things got bad, they would be cared for. I admire this as a mother of two because despite public scrutiny, she was fighting for her boys until the end.
She got married to her love Jack Tweed and baptised with her sons and she died on Mothers Day. How fitting.
She has highlighted the risks of cervical cancer and the importance of screening, screening tests in the UK have gone up since Jades publicity. She has also managed to lower the age for screening.
This book is difficult for me to read because some of it is so close to home but I feel that I can get strength from her story and I can live and continue in some way where she left off.


  1. I am so happy to hear that her tragedy has resulted in so many good things - her children will be looked after, and many women will be saved because of screening. Thank you for sharing this. My cancer is also cervical - I will have to read her book as well.

  2. Hi Sara

    I've read some of your blogs. Initially you were trying to keep up your running and wondered if anyone else does it on chemo. I had to cut back on running quite a bit while on chemo, which I had during the worst of our Michigan winters but was able to run a few miles each week. Now that I am finished with chemo and radiation, I've regained my strength and am back to running. I had triple negative cancer, treated for 16 weeks with 4xAC and then $x taxol and had 3 weeks of radiation. Now I am waiting for hair to grow back. Keep trying to exercise, it is so good for the mind.

  3. I bought this book a couple of weeks ago and its next on my reading list.
    As a Ovarian and Cervical cancer patient, i can really associate with Jade..
    ok she voiced her opinions and was a bit dizzy but i loved her to bits.
    Hope all goes well with you xx

  4. I will have to look for this one!! Sarah


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