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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sorrow for Jade Goody, the modern icon


My heart breaks for Jade Goody, having been told she only has a few months left to live. She is a young woman with children, she had so much ahead of her. Now she puts her "matters in order" with the papers praising her bravery. Her boyfriend Jack, newly released from prison, struggles with the emotional turmoil of it and may not be able to give her the support she needs.

I was always an admirer of Jade's because despite a horrendous upbringing, she was one of the few who took her Big Brother opportunity and made the best of it, re-training as a beautician and opening a salon; writing a book; churning out TV programmes for Living.

Then came her much publicised fall from grace at the hands of Celebrity Big Brother. Looking back, what a storm in a tea-cup. Was her racist bullying of Shilpa any worse than the racist insults levied by the heir to the throne, his idiot younger son and Carol Thatcher, which the Daily Mail and others are quick to brush aside as "jokes"?

All we can hope for is a miracle for Jade. And I hope the doctor(s) who refused to take her seriously when she first tried to get a diagnosis have learnt something from their errors. If it wasn't for them, she would not be in the advanced stages of cancer.

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