The day after Tyler Cameron's mother passed away, Hannah Brown's brother suffered a tragic overdose.
Thankfully, he survived, and is now speaking about this nearly fatal experience and how it has transformed his life.
Patrick Brown took to Instagram to share his story.
"I have been very hesitant to post this because of my pride and ego," he begins.
Patrick continues: "but God has been weighing on my heart lately to share."
Like his sister, Patrick is a devout Christian.
"As some people know," Patrick announces, "on March 1st I overdosed."
"I ended up spending 2 days on a ventilator," he reveals.
That means that his body could not be counted on the breathe on its own without mechanical assistance.
"And I am so grateful," Patrick expresses, "to be here to share this with everyone."
"I am not posting this for pity or what not," Patrick emphatically clarifies.
"But," he explains, "to thank everyone who has checked up on me."
A few days without Instagram posts are one thing, but a few days without DMs or texts is another.
We're sure that Patrick reached out to many people in his life to share this news before he made it public.
"Y’all are the reason I fully intend to take my story and share it," Patrick shares.
He explains that his goal is "to hopefully save [another's] loved ones."
He wants others "to not have to go through waiting by the bedside hoping they wake up."
"Rather then being mad at myself for this," Patrick shares.
He continues: "I am thankful this happened."
"I have grown so much closer to God, healing my heart," Patrick writes.
He is grateful for the opportunity for those things "and finding out who has my best interest at heart."
"This is my second chance," Patrick affirms.
"And," he writes, "I intend to make the best out of it."
Patrick is optimistic "and can’t wait to share where my testimony goes from here!"
We will all be excited to see where his journey takes him.
"Tomorrow isn’t promised," Patrick writes, "so live it for the king, hold your loved ones a little harder [every day], and check in on them."
"Things like this don’t happen suddenly," he notes.
When it comes to addiction and overdoses, Patrick explains, "it happens in the dark and slowly."
"Sometimes all it takes is a simple text or phone call to show someone you care," he advises.
We are so grateful that Patrick Brown survived his harrowing brush with death.
Overdoses are no joke. We're just glad that it happened a few weeks ago and not, say, next month as this pandemic worsens.
In April, someone overdosing and in need of a venitllator may not have access to one, as COVID-19 is a respiratory ailment.
It feels strange to agree that someone who nearly died is "lucky," but he's not wrong.
Patrick's change in perspective is great, but it takes more than a little resolve to address the aftermath of an overdose.
Even if someone is not (or is no longer) physically dependent upon a substance, there are still the underlying reasons for addiction.
Anyone who survives an overdose and can afford therapy -- not just counseling, but therapy -- is advised to engage in it.
Self-medication can be so dangerous. We wish Patrick all of the best on his health journey.
Now that even beloved celebrities have tested positive for coronavirus, some Americans are finally taking this global pandemic seriously.
But not everyone is using common sense, as you can see when this 22-year-old TikTok star licks an airplane toilet seat.
TikTok star Ava Louise is an influencer from Miami, which sort of makes her a Florida Woman.
In the deeply upsetting video that she uploaded to both TikTok and Twitter, Ava licks what is clearly an airplane toilet seat.
The music playing over the video sings "It's Corona time," in reference to the drink, not the virus.
But the video's caption, "Coronavirus Challenge," leaves no doubt -- or peace -- in anyone's minds.
Though the video no longer appears on TikTok, even the version that she uploaded to Twitter has hundreds of thousands of views.
"Please RT this so people can know how to properly be sanitary on the airplane," she captions the video.
Louise is clearly baiting people with outrage in order to increase her online footprint.
And we can assure you that it's working.
After Ava shared the video on Saturday, March 14, Twitter raised holy hell in response.
"It's sad that elderly will likely die," one reply remarked, "and people like this will live."
"Nice way to get sick dummy. There is more than covid 19 on that toilet seat," warned another.
That tweet added: "She may want invest in toilet paper for those horrible stomach bugs she just licked up."
"I just want to say, this isn't worth it," another admonished. "You don't have to lick toilet seats for Internet likes to feel good about yourself"
"Ppl will like anything. It doesn't define you or your worth," the tweet continued.
"Don't endanger yourself & others for the attention of strangers," the kind Twitter use concluded. "Love yourself."
"Someone seems a little desperate for attention," another observed.
"I don't care if the internet cancles me," Ava wrote in another post. If that's a typo, it's not on our end.
"I can recover from anything cuz of hot girl privalege," she asserted. That is also not a typo.
In fact, we suspect that Ava is making deliberate spelling errors -- in both cases, on key words -- for the same reason that she licked a toilet seat.
She knows that this will enrage people, which will get people talking and drive engagement with her posts.
Obviously, there are ways that this "coronavirus challenge" could be staged, as most viral "challenges" are.
Some of us are too repulsed to even lick a freshly cleaned, never-used, straight-from-the-assembly-line toilet seat.
Assuming that she wasn't granted access to a brand new private plane for the video, she may have rubbed the seat with cleaning products.
Honestly? Even if the act was entirely sanitary, most of us couldn't stomach the thought of doing this. Toilets are just too gross.
The real danger, however, may stem from wannabe influencers rather than from actual influencers.
Remember the "Tide Pod challenge" from a couple of years ago? That was, of course, fake.
People used editing or, in some cases, homemade candy made to look like detergent pods in order to gain clout on social media.
Unfortunately, some impressionable and slightly stupid young people tried the challenge ... and ended up ingesting bleach.
We have all seen that Vicki Gunvalson is filming again for some mysterious project. Maybe she should cut back on her social media videos.
As millions of Americans correctly practiced self-isolation, Vicki was partying in Palm Springs, and now she's getting slammed for it.
We've all heard the stories of people who refuse to self-isolate for any reason despite being in the early weeks of a global pandemic.
No one blames the people who are out getting food, medicine, or other vital supplies.
But some people, particularly those whose political ideology makes them resistant to cooperation, have been ignoring common sense.
Unfortunately, it appears that Vicki has been risking her own health and that of many others all so that she can get hammered with friends.
"Daydrinking with my girl," Vicki Gunvalson begins the ill-advised video that she shared to her Instagram Stories.
This was only after using the social media platform to share that she was drinking cosmos with her friends.
Vicki gushed: "It's so much fun!"
Pausing and speaking very deliberately, as one might do after drinking, Vicki asks: "What coronavirus?"
Vicki then jokes about the notorious toilet paper shortage, which has left families and children in real need.
The cause is, of course, selfish people who simply bought as much toilet paper as they could stuff into their cars.
Vicki's friend then shares that she "stockpiled," adding "sorry, people."
Having a few dozen rolls is a fine "stockpile." If someone has hundreds or thousands of rolls, they're doing a community disservice.
After Vicki's video made the rounds on social media over the weekend, even her own fans were outraged.
They knew that everyone going out without reason was endangering not only themselves but others.
Schools all over the country are closing. Houses of worship are shuttering their doors.
But Vicki apparently prioritized partying it up in Palm Springs over keeping her family and her community safe.
Vicki is only a few years below the age threshold for those who are considered to be at special risk.
But even the young, healthy people who contract COVID-19 have been found to have alarming, lasting effects.
Right now, a number of Asian countries whose numbers of new infections are going down are grappling with a new problem.
Some of those who "recovered" are experiencing a partial loss of lung function. Doctors believe that the coronavirus may have done permanent damage.
"She stock piled all the toilet paper but is still out and about, day drinking??" one Twiter user wrote. "She’s the problem!"
Another shared a gif of Vicki with a message: "shame on you, shame on you."
Another tweet simply commented "how vile."
People have died in the US and abroad, and experts say that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to drag on for weeks if not longer.
What is especially strange about Vicki's behavior is that her flippant attitude flies in the face of her espoused views.
Vicki has spent the past week tweeting articles about the coronavirus and about common sense preventative measures.
Obviously, Vicki is not the only person to be reckless during this crisis. She is also not the only person to broadcast it on social media.
But in this time of seeing multiple celebrities speak intelligently on the coronavirus, it is so strange to see someone with Vicki's platform act the fool.
For months, Aaron Carter has claimed to be totally fine even as fans grew increasingly alarmed that his health may be backsliding.
Unfortunately, it appears that the fears of those who love him have been confirmed.
Aaron has now been hospitalized, and his mother has shared a photo with the world.
In the early afternoon of Thursday, November 14, Aaron Carter's Instagram updated with this photo of him in the hospital.
"Mommas gonna take care of you," the caption reads.
While that caption would be a little odd coming from Aaron himself, it seems clear that this was his mother updating his Instagram.
We are glad that he is in the capable hands of medical professionals during this health crisis, and that he has family by his side.
Aaron Carter's mom, Jane Carter, spoke to TMZ about her son's condition.
On Thursday, he arrived at her home in Florida.
At first glance, she could tell that he appeared to be dangerously underweight.
Aaron now weighs 115 pounds, she reveals. That is an alarming weight for a man his height. Aaron once weighed 160.
Aaron's blood pressure has been tested.
TMZ reports that he is currently connected to equipment that monitors his heartrate.
Jane says that she took no chances when it came to her son's health.
She drove him to the ER herself. Better safe today than sorry forever.
Jane says that Aaron's poor physical health was brought on, at least in part, by recent family drama.
Both Nick and Angel Carter, Aaron's siblings, have taken out restraining orders against Aaron, alleging that he is unstable and has been making threats.
In September, Nick took this legal measure after claiming that Aaron threatened to murder his then-pregnant wife.
And Angel took out one of her own after a disturbing phone call in which she reports that Aaron threatened to have her killed by hitmen.
Aaron's mental and physical health have been major concerns for countless fans.
For years, Aaron insisted that his extremely slender body was the result of physical ailments only.
However, more recently, the singer admitted that he has struggled with body image and has an eating disorder.
Could it be that stress related to family drama has exacerbated his health struggles? That is what his mother believes.
We have included both older photos of Aaron at his skinniest and healthier pictures from after he began to put on weight.
Aaron has hearings scheduled for next week to address his family's restraining orders.
When people are under an extraordinary amount of stress, personal struggles -- from eating disorders to addictions -- can resurface.
Someone who has experienced disordered eating may sometimes find themselves again limiting their food intake in order to feel a measure of control.
Some cynics may suggest that this hospitalization is merely an attempt at a "stalling tactic"
But honestly? That doesn't make much sense.
Dramatically losing weight and being hospitalized for it is not an ironclad defense against accusations of instability.
Besides, Aaron has stated that Nick's restraining order is an attempt to defame him after he publicly sided with Nick's #metoo accusers.
No matter what comes of the sibling feud and court cases, we hope that Aaron makes a swift and full recovery.
Ladies. Get ready for a very important PSA from a nurse. “Please stop using your vacuum hose to end your period early. You’re gonna wind up sucking out a lot more than blood! There were 2 cases of this so far this week and both women had to be admitted. Just…STOP!”
Ladies… Please stop using your vacuum hose to end your period early. You're gonna wind up sucking out a lot more than blood! There were 2 cases of this so far this week and both women had to be admitted. Just… STOP!
— Twinny (@OdesseyT99) June 5, 2019
According to medical professionals, this does not work at all. In fact, this could have an adverse effect on your body.
Your period has a steady flow of it's own that for all intents and purposes your body can tolerate. A vacuum increases that flow over a 1000 times which your body can't tolerate, therefore sending you into shock.
— Twinny (@OdesseyT99) June 6, 2019
Imagine that. Putting a Dyson hose to your vagina and then putting that sucker on high is a bad idea. The more you know I guess.
Oh and about that nurse? She got into a little bit of trouble but everything worked out in the end.
It went viral all over the world. Someone from my job saw it and informed my chief administrator. I'm good though because the board saw no merit in my suspension and reinstated me without a hearing.
— Twinny (@OdesseyT99) June 7, 2019
The hospital board overturned my suspension imposed by the chief administrator citing no merit. I was advised, however, to no longer comment on the period/vacuum tweet and refrain from mentioning any hospital related incidents. I will comply. Thanks to my supporters.
— Twinny (@OdesseyT99) June 7, 2019
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Fans have wondered if mounting pressure from the Free Britney movement would help Britney Spears get out early.
On Sunday, their wish seemed to be granted, as she was spotted away from the mental health facility where she's been staying for weeks.
Is Britney out and free to go home? Well ... it's more complicated than that.
On Easter Sunday, the talented and luminous Britney Spears was spotted out in the open with hunky boyfriend Sam Asghari.
She has been in a mental health facility since late March, as she herself revealed on social media.
While fans were relieved to see her out in the open, multiple reports say that Britney's treatment is ongoing.
This is, notably, Britney's second time -- that we know of -- leaving the facility since she checked in weeks ago.
On April 11, she reportedly departed to get her hair done and later returned.
Entertainment Tonight sheds some light on what may have been the real reason that she decided on this temporary commitment.
"Britney’s career, caring for her children, and the weight of her father’s illness, has been far too much for her," the insider explains.
"Despite taking time off from performing," the source adds. "She couldn't handle the stress."
"She needed not only down time," the insider continues. "But she decided she needed professional help."
That is largely consistent with what more reliable reports and Britney's own Instagram post have stated.
So, what is Britney's goal while she's undergoing treatment?
"She wants nothing more than to heal and feel better," the source affirms.
The insider delivers good news: "She has improved while in the facility."
"But," the source cautions, despite these strides, she is "not going home yet."
We don't know the exact date on which she entered the facility, but if it's to be for 30 days, we imagine that her departure date is already scheduled.
Britney's true loved ones are cheering her on.
"Those that love and support her say she needs to focus on herself," the insider reports.
But the source acknowledges that "it hasn’t been easy for her to be away from her children."
Britney may be known for her sensational performances and for being one of the greatest singers in human history.
She is first and foremost a first-rate mother. Sean Preston and Jayden are the center of her world.
The Blast reports that Britney used her father's illness as a cover for canceling her Domination residency in Vegas.
According to their report, Britney had been feeling overwhelmed and was working with doctors to find the right combination of meds to work.
(Remember, different people's bodies are different, so sometimes doctor's have to play guess-and-check with a patient to get it right)
There were unconfirmed claims that Britney had simply stopped taking her medication back in January.
A lot of Britney's fans found it hard to believe the allegation that she'd just decided to deliberately neglect her mental health.
Apparently, it was members of Britney's team who were loudly promoting her Domination residency when Britney's well being was in decline.
She wasn't the one who needed a reminder of good priorities -- they were.
Britney's outings and these more plausible reports also fly in the face of claims that she was forced into the facility.
When Britney and her boyfriend both posted to Instagram about her decision, some interpreted it as damage control.
As well-meaning as many fans were when they tweeted "Free Britney," we hope that she did not feel undue pressure from the movement.
Britney is entitled to seek help for her well being and she doesn't ever have to tell us more than she wants to.
We're so glad that she got to spend some time with Sam on Sunday and we hope that she's back home with her kids as soon as she's ready.
Now that Alaskan Bush People is back for Season 9, some fans still feel that they have unanswered questions about Ami's cancer and recovery.
Together with her doctors, Ami has addressed the intensity of her cancer battle.
We remain grateful that she is alive to witness so much joy and happiness in her family.
In the summer of 2017, the Alaskan Bush People matriarch was battling lung cancer.
At the time, she was said to have only about a 3% chance -- statistically speaking -- of survival.
"It was very scary," Ami Brown admitted in a recent interview with People.
We would certainly imagine so.
"But," Ami noted. "I never gave up hope."
That hope was rewarded, because Ami not only survived and beat back cancer, but she has already witnessed multiple joyous family milestones.
Ami's medical history came to light earlier this month when her doctors disclosed the details of her cancer battle.
"Amora Brown was diagnosed with Stage III non-small cell lung cancer in April 2017,” the statement began.
“Treatment for her cancer," the statement read. "Included a four-month course of chemotherapy with radiation."
"Her disease responded well to the treatment," Ami's doctors shared.
She defied all expectations and her entire family -- and all of her fans -- are intensely grateful.
"And," the statement continued. "According to her UCLA oncologist Dr. Deborah Wong, she is now in remission."
"Although her most recent scans show no evidence of cancer," the statement read.
The statement followed that with: "Amora will continue to be monitored closely by her medical team."
The statement concluded by noting that this follow-up witll continue "over the next several months."
Notably, Ami has returned for new and vital screenings about every three months.
While her family has lived in rural Washington, she has taken trips down to their Beverly Hills mansion to be screened by her team of doctors.
Not that we're not grateful for the official confirmation from medical sources, but ...
... Why in the world did Ami give her doctors permission to give a statement on her private medical history?
Unfortunately, during her cancer but especially after her victory, rumors swirled.
Some people very sweetly believed that Ami's cancer was cured in a "Christmas miracle."
We're not going to tell folks what to believe, but we will note that her first big breakthrough against cancer happened months earlier.
Others spread a vile rumor that Ami had faked or exaggerated her lung cancer battle for attention.
She did nothing of the sort, and we hope that this statement from her doctors will lay to rest that ugly lie.
We are so, so grateful that Ami lived to see some major family milestones.
Last year, Noah Brown married Rhain Alisha.
Six months later, husband and wife then welcomed their precious baby boy, Elijah Connor Brown.
That's Ami's granchild!
Gabe Brown married his girlfriend, Raquell Rose. Fans are excited to learn more about that union.
Raquell was already close with Gabe's sister, Rain, and Gabe's past misfortune's in the world of romance make this a very welcome change.
Finally, though Matt Brown had fallen off of the wagon during Ami's fight for her life, he attended rehab and is now devoted to remaining sober.
We hope that Ami continues to remain cancer-free.
90 Day Fiance star Steven Frend was hospitalized earlier this month after a serious accident and a spinal injury.
Fortunately, he seems to be making a good recovery, and has taken other steps to work on his health.
With a pair of shirtless photos, he's revealing his recent weight gain and why that's exactly what he needed.
Steven took to Instagram and shared a before pic and an after photo of himself after increasing his weight by about 7.5%.
"Let’s face it," his caption begins. "We all know I was a moody guy."
Moody enough that his tone of voice on 90 Day Fiance set off people's fight-or-flight response.
"Over time I learned about how little I was eating," he writes. "At the time I did not realize how our eating habits affect our mood as well."
"Olga taught me that we are what we eat," he expresses.
"On the left photo (3 and half months ago) I was 145lbs," he shares.
This is the "before" photo to which he refers. He looks great -- but is he healthy?
"On the right photo," Steven writes. "I am (2 weeks ago) I am now 156lbs."
"As of today," he continues. "I can say how right she was."
Steven affirms that "eating a healthy diet is so good for us in more ways than we think."
Here is the "after" photo. While it's not a jarring change, we agree that he really does look better.
"Flash back to 3 months ago when it all started," he says. "And I realized all was wrong with my body itself"
"In Saint Petersburg," Steven narrates. "Olga took a photo of me from behind while playing with our son."
"She then showed me the photo," he continues. "And said 'Steven look, do you see what I mean?' I could see my rib outline from my back."
To be clear, he's not saying that Olga was body-shaming him.
She was genuinely concerned for him. As his wife (as opposed to a random social media follower), it's not inappropriate for her to discuss his health.
"At the moment," Steven reveals. "I realized it’s time for a big change in my lifestyle habits (slowly still realizing)."
"As a father and husband," Steven asserts. "I must be a protector to my family."
This is a little dramatic of him to say. He doesn't have to fight off wolves in, like, Maryland.
"in order for that though," he continues. "I must pick myself up and push my limits."
"My main goal is to be excellent in Calisthenics," he shares. "What is Calisthenics?"
"Calisthenics," he quotes. "Is a form of physical training focused on teaching you to master your own bodyweight using minimal equipment.”
"For a better understanding," Steven suggests. "Just look at @dominik_sky his page is amazing as he practices it daily."
He refers to the Instagram page of a super ripped dude who shares plenty of his workouts.
"Soon," Steven announces. "I will be creating workout videos of my progress."
He continues: "but I feel that it’s too soon to do so since I’m still a beginner."
"And," he acknowledges. "This takes a lot of time and patience."
It's very wise and healthy that Steven has a sense of perspective that tells him that he's not yet qualified to give out advice on the subject.
That said, we think that plenty of 90 Day Fiance fans would be interested to watch his transformation from twink to twunk in real time.
(Note: we're not making an assertion about Steven's sexuality; those terms are just very useful bodytype descriptors)
He should of course do whatever makes him most comfortable, but his followers might like seeing him just getting started.
Watching someone struggle with a new workout routine but perservere can be very helpful to people who are just starting.
Regardless, it's so encouraging to hear that Steven's mood is improving.
And, of course, it's great to see how much he has recovered after his scary accident.
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I am a big fan of the white t-shirt look. Not every occasion calls for getting dolled up in a sequin dress that has such a deep plunge in the neckline that the girl’s navel is visible. I’m a big fan of that look too, it just isn’t necessary in every situation. That’s where the t-shirt comes in.
A girl doesn’t need to spend the extra money on a graphic t-shirt of a metal band. I don’t believe any of them actually listen to Iron Maiden anyway. But by going with the plain t-shirt there won’t be any distraction or obscuration of the heavenly mounds that are propping up the fabric.
A properly fitting t-shirt hugs the chest so nicely, it is like one of those extendable leashes that people walk their dogs with. Unlike those archaic leashes that are a fixed length and make dogs fight against them constantly, the extendable leashes give the dog a little bit of a cushion and a little bit of freedom. T-shirts do the same by having a little bit of give against the bounce of the boobs as they walk.
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I'm soon to be in the magazine dagbladet who are read by people all over Norway. I'm talking about Schizofrenia and mental illness who is an important part of me. But it's still not many people who come forward with Schizofrenia in the news, so therefor I accepted her request that she wanted to write an article about me and my illness.
Almost a month after welcoming her baby boy, Danielle Harris is opening up about her difficult delivery.
Before sharing the story of her “traumatic” experience, the Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead star and famed scream queen, 41, wrote a sweet tribute to her 4-week-old son Jagger Maxwell — her second child with husband David Gross.
“Introducing … Jagger Maxwell Gross Born 10/8/2018 !!!!” she wrote on Instagram over the weekend, alongside the first photo the actress has shared of her bundle of joy.
“Mommy and Daddy are so lucky to be able to add you to our family. We are a fierce 4some now and can’t wait to watch you grow and live this life as our baby boy and little brother to the BEST big brother a boy could ask for!!” she continued, referring to the couple’s older son Carter Davis, 20 months.
Explaining why it took her so long to share her harrowing story — or even post a photo of her child — the mother of two wrote that she just needed a little time to herself.
“Giving birth is the most dangerous thing a woman can do in her lifetime … after my traumatic birth experience this time around, it took me a while to share a photo with the world,” Harris wrote. “Time was really needed to clear my head and bond with my baby just he and I in our own private little bubble.”
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During the delivery, Harris had a “horrible eclampsia seizure on the operating table” and “blacked out,” missing the birth of her son.
“I saw moments of my life flashing before me in fast forward and I missed the birth of my baby,” she wrote. “Needless to say that was the closest to a near death experience as I’d ever come in real life.”
The Halloween franchise actress went on to share that she’s “forever grateful and blessed” to have made it out of the delivery room alive.
“Dying during childbirth was definitely not on my list of ways I thought I would leave this world and I’m glad to cross that possibility off my list,” she wrote.
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“Women are warriors and I’m looking forward to being around many more years soaking up all these precious moments with my baby boys and family,” she continued. “After lots of tests I’m glad to say I have no damage to my brain and am ready to be the best mommy these boys could ask for.”
“Life is short. You never know when your number is gonna be up, so take time to enjoy what matters most,” Harris advised her followers. “Love one another and love yourself because the world wouldn’t be the same without you … ”
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Harris announced her second pregnancy on Instagram on her birthday in June, showing off her baby bump in a beautiful maternity photo. She captioned the reveal snapshot, “Carter is going to be the best big brother:) Motherhood is such an incredible journey, it makes me feel like a warrior princess!”
The star conceived both children through in vitro fertilization. In June, her manager Judy Fox told PEOPLE exclusively that baby No. 2 was “another IVF miracle” due Oct. 10.
Fox added that Harris and Gross “are grateful that modern science gives them the family they have always yearned for. Now they finally feel complete!”
Gregg Leakes is battling stage 3 colon cancer, his wife, NeNe Leakes, revealed on Sunday’s Real Housewives of Atlanta season 11 premiere.
The 63-year-old businessman went public with his health battle back in June, though kept what type of cancer he has under wraps until now.
NeNe, 50, explained on the Bravo show that Gregg first experienced symptoms related to the disease in May. “It was Cinco de Mayo,” she said on Sunday’s episode. “Gregg was in excruciating pain. Like, I’ve never seen him say, ‘I’m hurting so bad, the pain is so bad in my stomach.’ And finally he said to me, ‘Take me to the hospital.’ ”
It was there that Gregg was diagnosed. He said he had to undergo emergency surgery to have part of his colon removed. “We just weren’t prepared to hear that,” NeNe recalled.
Said Gregg: “I guess the scariest part about all of this is when we got to the hospital and the doctor saying that we need to do surgery on you tonight or you ain’t going to make it.”
Though it was the lowest point for Gregg, he said he was mentally ready to say goodbye. “I went over and prayed to God and I told Him, ‘If it’s time, let’s go,’ ” Gregg said. “‘I don’t fear death, I don’t want to go. If my work here is finished here, take care of them, let’s go.’ “
Sitting with family and close friends in a prayer circle, Gregg also said he had penned NeNe a letter just in case he didn’t survive. “I wrote a note to my doctor and I told him to give it to you if I didn’t come out,” Gregg says, breaking down in tears. “Writing that note was the hardest thing I ever did in my life.”
Luckily, Gregg survived that surgery. And the outcome inspired him for the road ahead. “You never know what’s in you until you at that door,” Gregg said. “I never thought I had it in me to fight cancer. Now, I want to beat cancer’s ass.”
“You have been my light,” Gregg told NeNe. “I couldn’t do this without you. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t even try. So I want to thank you, baby.”
“They cut my colon out, my heart got bigger,” he added. “I don’t need it. It’s gone. It was infected.”
NeNe and Gregg have been married since 1997 and share two sons: Bryson and Brentt. In 2010, the couple separated, then divorced the following year — only to remarry in June 2013 at a ceremony that was filmed for her spinoff, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.
Back in September, NeNe revealed that Gregg was doing “really, really good” after a five-hour procedure she said they hoped was his “last surgery towards a full recovery.”
On Sunday’s premiere, she opened up about the emotional challenges of watching Gregg go through this. “It’s a very hard role to take care of someone,” she said. “I feel like if I crumble, then Gregg and Brentt is going to be over. I just feel like I have to be the strong voice.”
As brave as NeNe’s been, she said she’s had her weak periods. “I’ve put on a brave face but I have my moments in my bedroom, usually alone,” she admitted. “I’ve had many moments in my car. If my car could talk it’d be like, ‘This bitch cries too much.’ ”
Throughout it all, she’s turned to prayer. “In order to get through something like this, you have to pray for strength… We’re basically going to pray for healing, comfort and understanding,” she said.
“There’s a chance the cancer could come back, but thank God that he caught it when he did catch it,” NeNe continued. “He could not be here.”
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Sitting down with her costars and best friends Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the mom-to-be got emotional as she revealed her doctor had put her on bed rest after she suddenly started bleeding.
“Last week, I had a scare,” said Cortese, 31, as she started to cry. “I get emotional because it’s scary. I just started bleeding, but I’m fine.”
“Honestly, the scariest moment in my life,” she admitted. “I was a nervous wreck, but was so calm, thank God.”
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Luckily, Cortese and the baby were both okay, but she opted out of joining the rest of the roomies at their next share house.
“The baby’s fine,” Cortese said. “The doctor wanted to put me on bed rest until my follow-up appointment ’cause I’m still spotting. I just think it might be better for me not to live in the house, but I’d love to come and visit you guys and maybe me and Chris will come down for a weekend or something.”
Her friends were disappointed she wouldn’t be there, but understood her situation. “I know she’s petrified of losing the baby,” said Farley, 32. “I don’t want her this emotional. It’s sad to see.”
Cortese and husband Christopher Buckner announced in July that they’re expecting their first child, a baby boy they plan to name Christopher John, in December, sharing a photo set of the couple (and their dog!) showing off their baby’s ultrasound, holding blue balloons and more.
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“Chris and I decided to wait until we were ready to spill the beans! Now that we are safely into our second trimester … us and our little monkey are ready to tell the world our little family is growing !” she wrote alongside the sweet gallery.
The pregnant star has since shared a few photos of her growing baby bump on social media, revealing some of her cravings: cinnamon-raisin bagels, candy and ice cream!
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Nico Tortorella is advocating to end to surgical intervention when a child is born intersex.
Over the weekend, the Younger star attended a protest in New York and shared several photos and videos from the rainy day to his Instagram account. In the post, Tortorella, 30, urged his followers, especially those in the LGBTQ community, to advocate for intersex rights.
“we are responsible for queer people everywhere,” he began the lengthy post. “it’s time for all LGBTQ+ folk to stand up for intersex rights. our bodies our choice.”
“unfortunately still to this day all over the globe surgeries are being performed on intersex babies at birth and shortly after without the child’s consent to fit the recent historical binary construct,” he added. “CHANGE YOUR HEARTS NOT OUR PARTS.”
Intersex is a term used for a person who is born with “a reproduction or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male,” according to Intersex Society of North America.
While there are doctors who prefer to surgically intervene and assign intersex babies to one particular sex, many advocates, including Tortorella, do not support that decision and believe they should be treated with the same respect as everyone else.
“People with intersex traits have always existed, but there is more awareness now about the diversity of human bodies,” Tortorella added. “People with intersex bodies, like anyone who may be seen as different, sometimes face discrimination, including in healthcare settings as early as infancy.”
Tortorella, who is sexually fluid, recently tied the knot with his longtime partner Bethany Meyers, who does not use gender-specific pronouns, on March 9.
Tortorella and Meyers, who have been together on and off for 12 years, didn’t live under the same roof in the months immediately following their wedding, but they have since moved in together.
“We have an apartment in the city and a house upstate, so we still spend a lot of time apart from each other,” he says. “And I think that’s really healthy for our relationship and any relationship, to keep that sense of individuality, even in a union.”
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But Tortorella admits that their relationship has caused some tension with their loved ones.
“With both of our families it’s always been a work in progress,” he says. “I think it’s one thing to come out as queer, and then it’s another thing to come out as polyamorous. Neither one of them has had that much visibility, especially polyamory.”
“We have a lot of friends that are poly, I know a lot of older people that are poly — it’s been around forever,” he adds. “Like, since the Bible. But it’s just not something that’s really talked about and I think it’s really important for us to be visible and represent our community in a way that has never been done before.”
That being said, Tortorella says he and Meyers are learning together.
“We’re still figuring it out,” he says. “In terms of our own gender politics and queer theory, the way our own relationship works, I think what always comes first is that this is a work in progress. We’re still transitioning — I think we all are, in one way or another.”
Katie Hnida, a former college football player and the first woman to play and score points in a Division I college game, was left fighting for her life after an antibiotic reaction caused her to go into multi-organ failure, her family says.
Hnida, a former kicker for the University of New Mexico, was recently prescribed a common, everyday antibiotic, her family explained on a GoFundMe page created to help with her medical expenses. Instead of it helping the 37-year-old former athlete, Hnida suffered a rare reaction to the medication, which put her life in danger.
The antibiotic caused Hnida’s kidney, liver, and bone marrow to all stop functioning properly and shut down, her family said. They also shared that her blood was not clotting properly, causing uncontrollable bleeding.
Because of her declining critical condition, Hnida was admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and given emergency dialysis. While there, doctors also contemplated a possible liver transplant surgery.
By some miracle, Hnida’s condition soon improved and she has since been released from the hospital. Her family says she has been “making slow but steady progress as she rests and rehabilitates.”
“She is being cared for by an excellent team of specialists, who are pleased with her progress to date,” her family wrote in a recent update. “They caution, however, that her recovery will be measured in months, not days.”
Her family is now asking for donations to help Hnida — who currently works as an advocate and educator for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse — recover from the health crisis. They say she is likely to pay more than $155,000 in hospital expenses and other health care needs, but will not be able to work for the next 4-6 months.
So far, the campaign has raised $41,127 for the former athlete.
Hnida started her college career as a kicker at the University of Colorado for one season, before transferring to the University of New Mexico, where she remained for her final three seasons.
For both teams, Hnida became the first woman to play in a college football game, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
However, in 2003, during New Mexico’s season opener, then-head coach Rocky Long put Hnida in the game to attempt a two-point conversion. Not only did she lead the team to victory, but it also earned Hnida the title of the first woman to score in a college football game, according to the publication.
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Before the life-threatening health incident, Hnida was touring around the country and speaking on behalf of sexual abuse and domestic violence victims, the outlet said. She became an advocate after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a former teammate while playing at Colorado.
At the time, Hnida did not press charges or come forward with her story. It wasn’t until 2004 — the same year that Colorado was publicly caught in a hazing scandal — that she sat down for an interview with Sports Illustrated and shared her allegations, the Santa Fe New Mexican said.
In response, then-coach Gary Barnett reportedly denied the claims, called Hnida a “distraction to our team,” and made sexist comments criticizing her on-field play.
“It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful,” Barnett said, according to Sports Illustrated. “Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible, OK? There’s no other way to say it.”
Father of 19-Year-Old College Football Player Who Died From Heat Stoke After Training Session Outraged After Coach Reinstated
The family of football player Jordan McNair says they feel they have been “spit in the face” after the news that University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin was reinstated from administrative leave following the 19-year-old’s death.
It was on May 29 that McNair — originally from Randallstown, Maryland — had trouble recovering after completing a series of 110-yard sprints during a workout. When the training staff noticed, they took McNair to a nearby training room for additional care. But with his condition worsening, the staff called for paramedics, who transported the ailing McNair to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. McNair would then received a liver transplant in the days following his collapse and eventually died two weeks later on June 13.
An external investigation by the university found that McNair died from a heat stroke, which he may have survived if not for the staff’s “failure to identify symptoms and aggressively treat it,” said Dr. Rod Walters, a sports medicine consultant who led the school’s inquiry, according to CBS.
McNair did not have his temperature taken and staff did not give him cold immersion treatment, otherwise known as an ice bath, which is the recommended procedure for heat stroke.
While McNair’s family had called for Durkin’s firing, the school announced on Tuesday that they were reinstating him, as recommended by their Board of Regents.
“The Board of Regents recommended that DJ Durkin return to his coaching responsibilities,” Athletics Director Damon Evans said in a statement sent to PEOPLE. “This has been a season like no other for our football players, and I have been tremendously impressed at how our student-athletes have come together as they grieve the loss of their teammate Jordan McNair.”
After the announcement, McNair’s father, Marty, said hearing the decision felt like he had been “punched.”
“I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach and somebody spit in my face,” he said, according to CBS.
The only school administrator to step down following McNair’s death is president Wallace D. Loh, who announced his resignation this week after admitting the university carries “some responsibility” for the “dysfunction” of their athletics department.
“The past several months have been exceedingly difficult for the University, Maryland football, and all who support the Terps following the tragic death of Jordan McNair,” Loh said in his statement, adding that his final day will be June 30, 2019. “Last August, I accepted legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made in Jordan’s care… I stand by that decision 100 percent.”
However, on Wednesday afternoon, the school confirmed to PEOPLE that they were indeed parting ways with Durkin, as it was “the right for our entire University.”
When it was initially announced he would be returning, some players expressed their disappointment with his return.
My brother Jordan can no longer speak his mind he must live and speak through us https://t.co/3kOS3GR3N3
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Player Ellis McKennie sent out a picture of his teammates kneeling in remembrance of McNair with a message that called for someone to be held accountable for his death.
“Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate,” McKennie wrote. “Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right.”
Adam McLean, another of McNair’ teammates, said the team feels it is their responsibility to find justice for their former teammate.
“My brother Jordan can no longer speak his mind,” McLean said. “He must live and speak through us.”
ESPN reports that the University of Maryland student body had already organized rallies to protest the decision to bring back Durkin.
“The only person who paid, as the McNair family’s representative said, was Jordan, and that was with his life,” Jonathan Allen, Maryland’s student body president, told the sports outlet. “That’s why we’re outraged.”
Just two years ago, Hannah Gavios lay injured after falling 150 feet from a cliff in Thailand — she didn’t think she’d live, let alone walk again. Now, she’s gearing up to complete the 2018 New York City Marathon.
On Sept. 1, 2016, Gavios fell from the cliff while trying to escape a man attempting to assault her in the southeast Asian country. As she fled the attacker, she fell and lay paralyzed. There, she was held hostage and assaulted for hours, she says.
She was later rescued but suffered a spinal cord injury from the fall. Gavios is now unable use her feet and toes, and her shins have nerve damage.
Her attacker was prosecuted and imprisoned.
“After the news of my injury, one of the most devastating things to hear was I’m unable to run, let alone walk,” Gavios, 25, tells PEOPLE. “But I needed to run again, so I thought the closest thing to that is crutching. I could participate in the race and use what I have to the fullest.”
Earlier this year, while still undergoing intense physical therapy, Gavios decided to participate in the annual marathon. She learned about Amanda Sullivan, who completed the race on crutches in the past, and was inspired to take on the feat herself.
“I began training at the end of March. I’d just go out for an hour, the longest I’ve ever is seven hours,” Gavios, a graphic designer in New York City, says.
“The best part of my training is getting into it and having fun with it. The hardest part is stamina, being able to keep it up for as long as possible. There are times I start to ache and my whole body hurts. But I proved to myself that I’m stronger than I think.”
Gavios has joined Team Reeve (of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) and has raised more than $16,000 for the foundation, which supports people living with paralysis and funds research to find a cure. With the race just days away, Gavios says she’s “excited” to participate and start on her next challenge.
“I feel very prepared. I feel like finally the day is coming after all of this effort and energy,” she tells PEOPLE. “My long term goals are to run again. It’s not really over, I have more work to do and more mysteries to solve about spinal cord energy. I want to participate in the cause.”
Demi Moore was named woman of the year at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s 29th Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday — and she took the opportunity to get candid about her own recovery.
Friendly House offers a “safe, structured and supportive home-like environment” for women recovering from substance use, according to its website. During her acceptance speech at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the actress, 55, explained why the non-profit’s mission strikes a chord with her.
“I feel like there are defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go, and early in my career, I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction, and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough,” explained Moore, who noted that she was “grateful” for her supportive daughters with ex Bruce Willis, Rumer, 30, Scout, 27, and Tallulah, 24.
“I had absolutely no value for myself,” Moore continued. “And this self-destructive path, it very quickly … brought me to a real crisis point. And it wasn’t clear at the time the reason — maybe it was divine intervention — but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me, and they presented me with an opportunity.”
“In fact, it was more like an ultimatum … unless I was dead, that I better show up,” she said. “They gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more of me than I saw of myself. And I’m so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.”
Moore went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction in the mid-1980s. In January 2012, after months of partying and drastic weight loss, Moore collapsed into convulsions at her L.A. home and was hospitalized before going to rehab for addiction and an eating disorder, sources told PEOPLE at the time.
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“I know in a moment of great struggle for me, I reached out to a wise teacher and expressed my fear that I wasn’t good enough,” Moore concluded her speech. “And she said, ‘You will never be good enough but you can know the value of your worth. Put down the measuring stick.’ So today, I put down the measuring stick and I thank you for this beautiful acknowledgment and the opportunity to know the value of my worth.”
“I think the root of what really fulfills us in life is being of service,” Moore shared with reporters at the event.
Soleil Moon Frye gushed about the “special, brilliant, beautiful, incredible, enlightening” Moore at the luncheon.
“She listens, and she shared so much wisdom, and she’s been in every one of my birthing rooms and helped deliver every one of my babies,” the former Punky Brewster actress told reporters. “She has always shown up for me, and I love her with all my heart.”
Kelly Rowland wants everyone to know she does not bleach her skin.
Rowland, 37, was hit with several comments suggesting she bleaches her skin after sharing images from a recent photo shoot on Instagram Wednesday.
Taken aback by the accusations, the former Destiny’s Child member fired back at trolls on her Instagram Stories saying, “I never answer questions like this because I think it’s so stupid.
“I am not the one to bleach my skin, nor do I want to bleach my skin, nor do I have to bleach my skin I don’t even think that— it’s not for me,” Rowland continued in the video, which has since been deleted but picked up by several fan accounts.
“Don’t go saying stupid stuff like that,” Rowland said. “You ever thought that it could be the lighting? I am still chocolate, forever chocolate, proud to be chocolate, shoutout to all my chocolate girls.”
In addition to being proud of the skin she’s in, Rowland said she’s confident in herself, overall.
“My son makes me feel confident,” the “Motivation” singer explained in a catch-up conversation in honor of her joining TJ Maxx’s Maxx You Project. “He’s just amazing. I’m like, ‘I did that right.'”
Rowland and her husband Tim Weatherspoon welcomed their son Titan in November 2014.
“He came at the most interesting time of my life and I had no choice but to be strong. I want him to be better than me, it’s just that simple. So I always like to make sure I’m doing right by him,” she added.
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In a sneak peek at Sunday’s episode, Kylie, 21, admits to feeling insecure as she prepares to pose for a Calvin Klein campaign with her sisters — her first photo shoot since welcoming her first child, daughter Stormi, with Travis Scott on Feb. 1.
“This is going to be my first photo shoot after Stormi and doing my first few fittings and getting back into it, it’s kind of hard and discouraging,” she says.
“Kylie, you look amazing,” Khloé Kardashian, 34, reassures her sister. “And your belly button is back to normal!”
“I’m still 158 ,” Kylie responds.
“Me too!” Kris Jenner says, high-fiving her youngest daughter.
“ 198 , right now. So do you want to f—ing play this game?” says Khloé, who was then pregnant with her first child, daughter True.
“Kylie, I’m not kidding, you look insane,” chimes in Kourtney Kardashian, 39.
“Your body looks f—ing crazy,” Khloé insists.
“It just doesn’t,” Kylie responds.
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The new mom gave fans their first glimpse at her post-baby transformation just seven weeks after giving birth to her daughter, posting a quick video on Snapchat of herself lifting up a black hoodie to expose her stomach.
About one month later, she was already back in a bikini — and since then, she’s often showed off her toned physique on social media.
In March, Jenner revealed that she gained a total of 40 lbs. during pregnancy in a since-deleted tweet.
Sources previously told PEOPLE that Jenner is determined to get back into pre-pregnancy shape because she wants to be a “really hot young mom.”
“Kylie is already starting to work out,” an insider said. “She’s focusing on getting her body back and also getting back to a comfortable weight aside from caring for Stormi.”
This year brought major strides for breastfeeding women — it’s now (finally!) legal to nurse in public in all 50 states, and all major airports must have lactation rooms, thanks to a new law. But there’s still far to go, especially when it comes to breastfeeding in the workplace.
Returning to work after a baby is already a difficult time, but it’s often made worse because of lackluster options for nursing and pumping. And according to a new survey, pumping in the workplace can be so grim that 47 percent of pregnant women are considering quitting their jobs to find more breastfeeding-friendly environments.
The survey comes from Aeroflow Breastpumps, who asked 774 expecting mothers in the United States between the ages of 18 and 40 about pumping in the workplace. Other results from the survey were similarly disheartening: 63 percent of women said they believe there’s a stigma surrounding moms who breastfeed at work, and 49 percent reported feeling concerned that pumping and nursing in the office would impact their career growth. Of the 774 pregnant women, 76 percent said they plan to continue breastfeeding when they return to work, but not all reported that they would have a place to do it.
While 47 percent of respondents said their office had a lactation room with pumping essentials, 29 percent said there is no such room. An additional 13 percent said that there was a designated area, but it was not designed for pumping. The remaining respondents were unsure.
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Thanks to an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 2010, employers are legally required to give nursing mothers time to pump, and a space other than a bathroom to do it. However, they do not have to pay mothers during this break time, and oftentimes the lactation rooms end up being storage closets or bare rooms in freezing cold basements.
“While we have made great strides in supporting breastfeeding moms, this survey clearly shows we have much more work to do,” Jennifer Jordan, the director of Mom & Baby at Aeroflow Healthcare, said in the report. “It is concerning that negative connotations around breastfeeding and pumping in the workplace still exist. Simply put, this is unacceptable and we must do better.”
Vanessa Lachey is opening up about her son’s Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) diagnosis that left him hospitalized shortly after his birth.
“When I gave birth to my youngest, Phoenix, at 30 weeks, I knew he would need extra care,” she wrote on Instagram.
In the shot, Vanessa, 37, holds a young Phoenix — who is wrapped up in a blanket, wearing a hospital gown, and has a breathing tube up his nose.
“But I wasn’t aware that he was at an increased risk for a common respiratory virus called #RSV due to his under-developed lungs and immature immune system,” she continued.
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Those with the respiratory virus typically experience cold-like symptoms, including coughing, runny nose, and fever. Although most RSV infections clear up on their own within 7-14 days, it is especially dangerous for young infants as it can cause breathing difficulty and dehydration, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“So when he was hospitalized for six days for severe RSV disease, I was shocked and terrified,” Vanessa added. “I wish I had known more about RSV before this traumatic experience.”
She also went on to explain that she is partnering with AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, to raise awareness about the disease during its month-long initiative.
“I mean that loosely and with love — to not compare him because every kid is going to be different, especially a preemie,” she added.
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“He’s smaller, but he’s healthy. He’s so happy,” Vanessa said. “Brooklyn and Camden were standing and walking a little bit at this point and he’s not even near that.”
“And I’m okay with that because every kid has their own time and their own moment,” she explained, “and instead of us dwelling on what he’s not doing, we’re just living and relishing in what he is doing.”
“He’s the happiest, most joyful kid ever,” added Nick. “He’s crawling everywhere, he’s so curious and into everything now.”
On Saturday, the actress, 46, wrote in part, “I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
“I love you, I’m proud of you, and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for you,” wrote Gellar, 41, who famously starred alongside Blair in 1999’s Cruel Intentions.
Blair replied, “I know that and am beyond grateful.”
“Love you Mama,” wrote Gellar’s husband Prinze Jr., 42.
King added, “Always and forever I will take care of you, love you, and hold you. You are the strongest woman I know. We will get through this because you are a warrior. You are my beloved and for 20 years been the gift that I wish all women have. The pride I feel is beyond words. You are a light brighter than words can express. Now and forevermore… my dearest Blair, sister and best friend.”
Well wishes came from celebrities who have struggled with their own health challenges, including Shannen Doherty, 47.
“Your strength to share is not only a gift to others but to yourself as well,” wrote Doherty, who has been public about her cancer battle. “So proud of you and sending you some warrior strength and fierce love.”
Blair replied, “Learned it from you dear one.”
An outpouring of love came from other corners of Hollywood. Shiri Appleby wrote, “Sending you so much love Selma! You’re so strong and have never ceased to amaze me with what your capable of. Behind you 100%!”
Neil Patrick Harris said, “Such a brave and honest thing to write. Sending thoughts and loving support.”
“Sending you so much love,” penned Laura Benanti.
Jordana Brewster wrote, “I am in awe of your bravery and honesty beautiful Selma.”
“Beautiful Selma, you will get thru this each day being strong even when you take time for yourself to rest,” Meredith Salenger commented. “We are all here to support you! Hugs and love.”
Busy Philipps wrote, “Honey. Sending you love! You are one of the strongest people I know. Thank you for sharing.”
Jason Kennedy said, “Add us to the picking up crew, here to help.” Blair replied, “So many thanks. And love.”
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Tess Holliday said, “Sending you an immense amount of love.”
Marla Sokoloff wrote, “Sending you all the love and strength in the world.”
Lacey Chabert wrote, “Sending you tons of love.”
Rachael Leigh Cook said, “We alllll have something. Times hates ease, it seems. I am wishing you so many good days and sending love to the bad. And thank you for keeping it real, as always.”
Organizations added their support, too. Netflix, which is producing Blair’s new show Another Life, wrote, “We all love and support you Selma.”
The MS Society said, “Selma, thank you for sharing your story and raising awareness for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.”
Blair, who was diagnosed in August, said in her post, “I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges.”
Selma Blair has multiple sclerosis.
The actress, 46, revealed her diagnosis via Instagram on Saturday, writing an emotional post detailing her disabilities.
“I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” she wrote. “By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
Blair also thanked celebrity friends Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze and Jaime King for their support.
“Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends, especially @Jaime king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff @noah.d.newman,” she penned. “My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member… thank you.”
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I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it . And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @Jaime king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff @noah.d.newman . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member… thank you. I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share. my instagram family… you know who you are.
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She continued: “I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges.”
The Legally Blonde star praised all of her supporters and doctors, giving a special shout-out to friend and fellow actress Elizabeth Berkley who “forced” her to go see a doctor: Berkley’s brother.
“Biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri,” Blair wrote. “I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share. my instagram family… you know who you are.”
Blair said she was diagnosed in August but decided to share publicly now because of a compassionate costume designer named Allisa Swanson, with whom she’s working on her new Netflix show, Another Life.
“I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share,” she said. “The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show, but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself.”
This is not the first time the actress has opened up about her health. Blair celebrated two years of sobriety in June before her 46th birthday, and although she posted a celebratory photo to mark the occasion, she admitted her journey has been filled with ups and downs.
“Two years sober,” she wrote on Instagram. “Two years feeling everything and nothing. Two years of extreme gratitude and humility and grace.”
She’s also previously revealed her struggles with addiction, postpartum depression and anxiety.
“For better or for worse. I want to have hope again,” she wrote of working to overcome her anxiety and depression. “I want to thank you all for believing in me. I want to find the right work for me. And for me as a mom and as a woman who has come so far in personal ways. I want to make us all proud.”
Embattled Roseanne creator and star Roseanne Barr was killed off on Tuesday night’s premiere of The Conners.
In ABC’s spinoff — greenlit after Barr, 65, tweeted a racist remark that got her sitcom’s reboot canceled — her character has died of an opioid overdose, a tragedy that affects far too many real families.
Heroin and other opioids are claiming lives throughout the U.S. at a staggering rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses now kill more Americans than either guns or car accidents: 52,000 in 2015 alone, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
One person dies of an overdose every 10 minutes.
The vast majority of those deaths, approximately 80 percent, have taken place in white communities. Experts suggest this is in part because white Americans generally have better access to health care and are more likely to be prescribed narcotics, and research shows that four in five heroin users first abused prescription pills.
People become addicted to drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin while being treated for a medical condition and then seek out more pills — or heroin — on the street when their prescription runs out.“This problem of addiction truly does start in the medicine cabinet,” Russ Baer, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, tells PEOPLE. “It starts with the misuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers.” What addiction is not, according to one retired police commander, is “a character flaw.” The death rate from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers has more than quadrupled since 1999, prompting thousands of Americans to take action.
How and Where to Get Help
If someone you know is addicted, these groups may be able to assist:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 800-662-4357: An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it offers referrals to treatment programs around the country.
ihateheroin.org: This Iowa-based nonprofit provides info and nationwide support for recovery assistance.
learn2cope.org: A support network for families dealing with addiction.
The Conners airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Jenna Jameson is all for empowering her fellow moms.
On Monday, the 44-year-old former adult film star posted a side-by-side photo of herself holding daughter, Batel Lu — before and after she lost more than 60 lbs. — and reminded her followers that perfection is not realistic, especially when it comes to motherhood.
“Here goes #motivationmonday,” she began the Instagram post. “Sometimes I forget to take it easy on myself. I think as women we are ‘trained’ into thinking we have to be perfect.”
“We are expected to be amazing moms, SnapBack from hard pregnancies in 6 weeks, juggle careers and kids ballet classes and baseball games, be amazing lovers and never complain,” she continued. “Oh and shower.”
But even with the endless list of responsibilities and demands Jameson experiences as a mother, she knows that it’s not the goals that matter, but rather the person she is.
“I have begun to forgive myself for not meeting every goal and perception,” she wrote. “Since I’ve allowed myself room to breathe, I’ve blossomed… into a patient, grateful mother. This is the woman I want my daughter to emulate.”
Jameson recently shared another before-and-after shot to Instagram, speaking to the bodily changes that come with having a baby and encouraged her followers to take pride in their “beautiful amazing body.”
“This is the truth and reality of what us women go through after having a baby. Exhausted, in love… and wondering who the hell the person staring back at them in the mirror is,” she wrote in the post, admitting that she only captured the shot to remember her body’s “amazing” capabilities and had no expectations of showing it to anyone else.
“I was wrong. I want other mommy’s to know we are all alike,” she continued. “We all struggle. But we can take control back. Back from society who makes us think we need to ‘SnapBack’. Yes I lost my weight, yes I am proud. But I am much more proud of the mother that I am.”
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Over the last year, Jameson — who gave birth to her daughter with fiancé Lior Bitton in April 2017 and is mother to 9-year-old twin boys Jesse Jameson Ortiz and Journey Jette Ortiz with former UFC champion Tito Ortiz — has been very open about the up and downs of her post-baby body journey.
While she has previously spoken on a number of topics including weight loss and gain, the keto diet — which the adult film star swears by — and going to the gym, Jameson has stayed consistent when it comes to her honesty about the difficult journey.
“Let’s talk about the dreaded scale. I’ll admit it,” she wrote in early October. “I compulsively weigh myself every morning. I wish I didn’t. Oh well. This morning my weight was 4 pounds higher. I silently freaked out in my brain. Shut up demons! I know these are muscle gains!!!!”
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“I think the take away here is that we should all try to step away from the scale and pay attention to how we feel,” she continued. “Pay more attention to how our clothes sit on us and our energy levels.”
And in September, when the star showed off the loose skin she has as a result of her weight loss, Jameson explained that she posted the one-piece bathing suit selfie to encourage other moms out there.
“I’m actively doing yoga as much as possible to try and tighten,” Jameson wrote. “I just wanted to post this so other mamas can see what happens when you lose weight. It’s not all perfection. But I feel so beyond healthy now that I’m fat adapted and intermittent fasting on the regular.”
One mom is speaking out about her baby’s medical ordeal to raise awareness.
In a Facebook post that has received 3,000 likes and 1,200 comments, Rhian Brace — a mom in Doncaster, England — discussed her son Ernie’s struggle with Herpes simplex virus.
Ernie’s symptoms seemed insignificant at first. “Ernie didn’t have a temperature, his nappies hadn’t changed, he was feeding as he had been for the two weeks he had been at home,” Brace said in her Facebook post. “The only indication I had that he wasn’t well was one tiny blister like spot on the back of head.”
Doctors told her that her son must have eczema. “I cleaned the area and re-washed his head/hair just in case it was infectious,” she wrote. “Three days later another 4 had appeared and then over night another 6 had made an appearance, all looking like infected blisters, it was then I decided to contact the doctors as the previous diagnosis that had been given didn’t seem right to me.”
At the hospital, Ernie was diagnosed with Herpes simplex virus. He received two weeks of IV medication in the hospital and will take oral medication for six months at home. Brace wrote, “We have been told that if Ernie gets to his 1st birthday and the virus has not come back or showed anymore signs then the virus that has hospitalised him for the first weeks of his life has been completely killed.”
Brace tells PEOPLE that Ernie is on the rebound. “Ernie is well,” she says. “He settled back into his routine brilliantly. He is still as smiley, bubbly and happy as he was before going into hospital.”
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Jeffrey S. Gerber, an infectious disease doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, explains to PEOPLE, “In general, the vast majority of people handle this infection fine and it’s nothing more than a nuisance. Many people are infected and will never know. Infants, however, are a different story. Neonatal Herpes simplex infection is rare (about 1 in 2500 newborns) but can be devastating.”
Gerber, who did not treat Ernie and is not familiar with his particular situation, says Neonatal Herpes is “typically is transmitted within the first 3-4 weeks of life, most often vertically transmitted from the female genital tract.”
Although being exposed to a cold sore can also transmit the disease, Gerber says “that’s not the way it’s typically transmitted” to an infant.
Of course, he adds, “If you have a cold sore you should not come in contact with the young infant.”
Of babies who do contract Neonatal Herpes, he says, “About half have skin, eye, and/or mouth disease, and the rest get either central nervous system or disseminated (everywhere) infections. The latter of the 2 are more severe. If the babies survive, about 50% will have recurrent skin lesions throughout at least the first several months of life, which is why they are treated for at least 6 months.”
Gerber notes that quick recognition and treatment with an antiviral medication are important ways to combat the infection.
Brace has kept Ernie’s spirits by giving him “lots of love and cuddles.” She adds to PEOPLE, “We go out every day to be in the fresh air. He is such a happy baby anyway. We just spend a lot of time together doing things I know he loves.”
One silver lining of Ernie’s illness has been the response to Brace’s Facebook post. “The reaction has been absolutely overwhelming,” Brace notes. “I never, ever expected for my Facebook to post to be shared as much as it has been and still is. The love, well wishes and such kind words really touched my heart.”