Thursday, 14 May 2009


The itch continues despite the anti-histamine, although it has still calmed down. This is the non drowsy version but I'm sleeping more than usual. I have been in the office and getting used to being back. Hopefully i can increase the hours soon.

Saying that i usually wake up before 7am bright and early, but the week i went back to work I had to sleep in!

I subscribe to an outrageous newsletter under the title PopBitch, but this was a serious point:

Charlie's Angel Farrah Fawcett faced cancer the hard way

In the British Press' rush to canonise Jade Goody for sharing her death with us - "It is all for her children, you know" - we might not have considered the knock-on effect to other people unfortunate enough to become seriously ill while famous.

Look at what Farrah Fawcett has had to say:

* "It's much easier to go through something and deal with it without being under a microscope".
* She was deprived of the choice that most other cancer patients have: when, and even whether, to share information with family, friends or strangers.
* Put under pressure by the hospital treating her to set up a cancer foundation in her name.
* A National Enquirer article headlined "Farrah Begs: 'Let Me Die'" promoted a flurry of letters from cancer patients telling her not to give up as she was a role model - but it was untrue.

After reading this, and thinking about what it must have been like for Patrick Swayze to read those "Five weeks to live" headlines 14 months ago, perhaps we should re-think whether the day-by-day account of terminal illness should be public property, just because they are celebrities?

The article:

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