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PostSubject: British Reality TV Star Battles Cancer on Camera   February 20th 2009, 6:25 am

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090219/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_reality_death

British reality TV star battles cancer on camera




By JENNIFER QUINN, Associated Press Writer Jennifer Quinn, Associated Press Writer Thu Feb 19, 5:32 pm ET
British reality television personality Jade Goody , who is battling cancer, AP British reality television personality Jade Goody , who is battling cancer, leaves her home in Upshire,

LONDON A brash British reality show star whose ups and downs captivated the nation is approaching her death the same way she has lived on television.

Dying of cervical cancer that has spread to her liver and bowels, 27-year-old Jade Goody sees no reason to turn the cameras off now.

Her first foray into the spotlight was in 2002, when she lost at strip poker on Britain's version of "Big Brother." She went on to write her autobiography, star in fitness videos, release a perfume and appear on "Celebrity Big Brother," where she was accused of racism and bullying a Bollywood star, Shilpa Shetty.

To make amends, she went to India last summer to star in its version of "Big Brother." It was there in a shocking diagnosis captured on television that she found out about her cancer.

Bald and pale from chemotherapy, pictures of Goody have since been daily fodder in the British press. She says the publicity and profits made from selling her story will help her sons, 4-year-old Freddie and 5-year-old Bobby Jack, and raise awareness of cervical cancer.

On Thursday, a television show documented the weeks before she learned she only has months to live. On Sunday, the cameras will roll at her wedding to 21-year-old boyfriend, Jack Tweed recently released from prison after serving time for assault and wearing an electronic monitor. Goody will take her vows in a designer dress donated by Harrods owner, Mohamed Al Fayed.

While neither are scheduled to air in the U.S., video clips of her wedding shopping spree and cancer battle including one where she breaks into sobs as she stares at her balding head in her bathroom mirror have been widely viewed on YouTube. Photos of the nuptials are to be printed in OK! magazine, which along with television deals are believed to have earned Goody $1.4 million.

Her actual death is not expected to be televised or photographed, her publicist said.

"People will say I'm doing this for money," Goody told the Sun tabloid earlier this month. "And they're right. I am, but not to buy flash cars or big houses. It's for my sons' future."

Some have said Goody should spend time with her family rather than staying in the spotlight. But most have also praised her commitment to her sons and her effort to draw attention to the need for regular Pap smears, which can catch cervical cancer in its early, treatable stages.

"I may have questioned the wisdom of Jade treating the media as confidantes in her final days," wrote Allison Pearson in the conservative Daily Mail. "But I have nothing but respect for her decision to accumulate enough money for the boys to enjoy the very best education."

The media, who are now so firmly in Goody's corner, were not always so kind. She was ridiculed for being vulgar, uneducated and crass; even after her cancer diagnosis, it was suggested she was capitalizing on her illness to regain the public's affection.

From the beginning, Goody's tortured childhood provided kindling for reality TV. She grew up in a tough part of London, the daughter of drug users. Her father, who served time in prison, died from a drug overdose.

With her in-your-face attitude and willingness to share the tawdriest details of her life, the buxom brunette both fascinated and repelled Britain. Her lack of education sometimes made her an object of ridicule, such as when she asked where the English region of East Anglia less than a two-hour drive from London is located, and pronounced it "East Angular."

"She's a kind of product of our time," said her publicist Max Clifford. "I suppose, when I started out, it was all about talent, but Jade was the one who proved that you don't need to have talent to be someone in Britain today. She's famous for just being herself."

There was admiration, even from the prime minister, for Goody's sheer determination to make a better life for herself.

"It's very sad and indeed tragic that someone so young has got this deadly disease of cancer and it's very sad indeed that the treatment that has been given has not been successful," Gordon Brown said Wednesday at his monthly news conference.

"I think everyone has their own ways of dealing with these problems and her determination to help her family is something that we've got to applaud," he said. "I wish her well and I wish her family well and I think the whole country will be worried and anxious about her health."

The Guardian newspaper which appeals to the left-leaning intelligentsia weighed in on Goody's decision to publicize her impending death, praising her for confronting her mortality.

"The ostentatious rituals of mourning and public graveyards of earlier eras are not part of modern life," it said in an editorial. "Today, mortality is as finite as before, but has somehow been marginalized."

In Bermondsey, the neighborhood near London Bridge where Goody grew up, residents still consider her one of their own. Nearly all support her choice to stay in the spotlight.

"She's like one of us. We all feel for her. It's not fair," said 40-year-old Janine Stacy, a special education teacher. "It's totally her choice."

Clifford said that Goody may consider doing other deals after the wedding. "We are in discussions to do a final documentary ... She's very keen to do it, providing she's well enough," he said.

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Associated Press Writer Dean Carson contributed to this report.


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PostSubject: Re: British Reality TV Star Battles Cancer on Camera   February 20th 2009, 6:38 am

wow , she looks young

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PostSubject: Re: British Reality TV Star Battles Cancer on Camera   February 20th 2009, 6:51 am

That's crazy. Cervical Cancer is a very slow moving cancer, she must have NEVER had a pap smear her whole life for it to get that advanced.
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PostSubject: Re: British Reality TV Star Battles Cancer on Camera   February 20th 2009, 2:56 pm

Awe, how sad, I really feel bad about this. Here's a you tube of Jade discussing her diagnosis in September and what she went through before she found out. She had been diagnosed with "pre" cancerous cells a few times before the final diagnosis. Sounds to me that her Dr.'s may not have had a good grip on her situation at all!

She was a trip on BB3 and brought some funny entertainment, sadly for me it was at her own expense. I found myself laughing at her instead of with her. My wish for her is peace and comfort.

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PostSubject: Re: British Reality TV Star Battles Cancer on Camera   February 23rd 2009, 6:51 am

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Awe, how sad, I really feel bad about this. Here's a you tube of Jade discussing her diagnosis in September and what she went through before she found out. She had been diagnosed with "pre" cancerous cells a few times before the final diagnosis. Sounds to me that her Dr.'s may not have had a good grip on her situation at all!

She was a trip on BB3 and brought some funny entertainment, sadly for me it was at her own expense. I found myself laughing at her instead of with her. My wish for her is peace and comfort.

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Facts surrounding this young lady are often hidden by the necessity to "sell" a good story to the magazines and tabloids. She has been told by Dr's at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, that the cancer has spread to other areas of her body (the liver particularly) and her condition is now terminal.

Whether she was misdiagnosed, not diagnosed at all or she ignored letters from her Dr's, I don't think we will find out until after her death, if I'm honest. As she has not instigated any legal action my opinion would be that she is somewhat culpable in the situation she now finds herself in. She is currently selling stories and photos to various magazines in order to provide her two young sons with a sizeable trust fund. If it was likely that she would be successful in winning compensation from the British medical profession then I think legal action would have been started some time ago.

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PostSubject: Re: British Reality TV Star Battles Cancer on Camera   February 23rd 2009, 7:59 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7903784.stm

Terminally ill Jade Goody marries
Terminally ill reality TV star Jade Goody has married her fiance Jack Tweed at an "emotional, wonderful" ceremony, her publicist Max Clifford has said.

The couple received a standing ovation from their 200 guests after they exchanged vows at Down Hall in Essex.

Goody was 45 minutes late, and shed tears at "the lovely things that were being said," Clifford told reporters.

The 27-year-old was able to stand for most of the 45-minute ceremony but asked to sit down at the end, he added.

As the newly-wed couple signed their wedding certificate, Goody's two young sons sat on their laps.

"It was a very beautiful, very moving service," PR guru Clifford said.

Max Clifford describes the wedding

"She looked wonderful, the ceremony was absolutely beautiful and you know at one stage Jade was obviously, she had a few tears, but it was just a room full of love, for her, for them, for their happiness."

Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross and former boyband star Antony Costa were among the 200 guests who attended the ceremony at Down Hall Country House Hotel.

Police, media and well-wishers all gathered at the entrance, while a spotter plane flew overhead trailing a banner emblazoned with the couple's names.

Television presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan were among those who arrived for a post-wedding party, where pop group The Sugababes are due to serenade the newly-weds.

Meanwhile, a group of performers called Incognito will pose as waiters before bursting into song during the reception.

Goody has spoken of how Tweed, 21, proposed to her shortly after doctors told her she may only have months to live.

Whirlwind preparations for the ceremony followed, with the TV personality reportedly masterminding the details from a laptop from her hospital bed.

She pledged to walk down the aisle unaided in a 3,500 gown presented to her by Harrods boss Mohamed al Fayed.

The Sun newspaper reported on Friday that she had refused to wear a veil, so that guests could see how her head had been left bald by chemotherapy treatment.



'Fighting back tears'

OK! magazine bought the rights to the ceremony for 700,000, while TV station Living had already paid a reported 100,000 to show it as part of their series, Jade.

Goody stipulated that the entire amount should be passed on to her sons Bobby, five, and four-year-old Freddie.

The film of the wedding will be produced by Kate Jackson, who is also one of the four bridesmaids.

Ahead of the ceremony, Tweed told The Sun he would be "fighting back tears" on the day.

"I love Jade more than anything and this is all we both want," he told the Sun. "It's going to be the best day of my life."

Tweed was jailed for 18 months last September after assaulting a teenager with a golf club.

He was released early from Wayland Prison in Norfolk last month on condition he wears a tag and returns to his mother's house in Essex by 1900 GMT each day.

However, the Ministry of Justice has allowed the terms of his curfew to be relaxed so he and Goody can spend their wedding night together.

"It might be their only night together," said Clifford, adding Goody now wanted to arrange a christening for her sons.

"Her words to me were: 'I want them to try and get to know Jesus, because if they get to know Jesus hopefully we will be able to keep in touch in future.'"

Awareness raised

Professor Mike Richards, who is in charge of the Government's strategy for tackling cancer in England, said Goody's experiences with cervical cancer could help save lives if more women came forward for screening.

"She is incredibly unlucky to have cervical cancer at her age but it does occur," he told the BBC.

"Cervical cancer is one of those cancers that can occur, roughly speaking, from any age.

"But the good news about cervical cancer is that we can pick it up, even before it becomes a cancer, and that's why screening is so important."
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