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Lynn Redgrave leaves behind a reminder about the suffering of a woman with breast cancer

Lynn Redgrave: March 8, 1943 - May 2, 2010

This Sunday, May2nd, Lynn Redgrave passed away after a long battle with breast cancer.  She will certainly be remembered for her many acting and playwriting accomplishments; and in fact, JohnWSmart prepared a lovely tribute to her life.  But Lynn also left behind for us a reminder about the suffering and courage of a woman stricken with breast cancer.  Her daughter Annabel created a photojournal of her mother’s battle while Lynn kept a diary of this painful journey in 2003.  (via mentalfloss.com)  It is an especially poignant legacy in light of the recent revelations about how women with breast cancer have been targeted for insurance recission.  The photojournal and diary was previously published in the New York Times.

Although some have noted that one of the pictures may be NSFW, I found only images of suffering and courage.  R.I.P. Lynn.  and thank you.

11 Responses

  1. Thanks, SoD. Nice tribute! I feel badly that she had to suffer for so a long time.

  2. That photo journal is so poignant…

  3. OT again. Some of you were probably there when this occurred, I archived it in 2006 and found it just now

  4. Thank you for sharing the link to her photos…….R.I.P Lynn!

    • Yes, indeed, and the story of mother and daughter traveling together through her treatment just makes me cry…happy tears really because they shared the journey together. Thank you Lynn for allowing people to see the journey of treatment and the ups and downs of it, but most of all of how having your family support makes it bearable.

      Also, for all of those knitters out there, most treatment centers accept donated knitted hats for women folk that loose their hair while under treatment.

      Thanks SOD…you ROCK!

  5. I love that we can focus on Breast Cancer and this wonderful actress and perhaps learn something.
    But I always like to remind women that they thing most likely to kill them is heart disease. Just like men, we have to do a much better job of taking care of our hearts and arteries.

    RIP Lynn… going to watch “Shine” tonight, in your honor.

  6. I took my Mom to see Lynn Redgrave in “Shakespeare For My Father.” Redgrave was terrific and my mother loved it. That must be nearly fifteen years ago.

  7. Thank you for putting that link up to the photojournal.

    Painful but so very poignant. Far too many women are ravaged by this disease. So sorry to hear of Redgrave’s passing. The Redgrave family has taken a number of hits this past year.

    God bless!

  8. She was a terrific actress and person. Breast cancer in a terrible disease and I expect the number of women who die from breast cancer to increase due to the new so called Health Reform bill. Insurance companies will follow the direction of the federal guidelines and raise the age to get a mamogram and then space out the follow ups. My doctor told me yesterday when I went in for my check up that women in Europe die at a much higher rate – 15-20% because of when they are allowed by insurance to get examinations.

  9. “Georgy Girl” was such a terrific movie!

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