“Farrah’s Story” has meaningful message
“Farrah’s Story” is as much about becoming aware of our own mortality as it is seeing a cultural icon fight the disease. If one of the most vibrant celebrities of a generation can suffer, the same can apply to any of us.” So writes Courtney Hazlett at msnbc.com. These words have a familiar ring to them for those of us who watched as the British reality star, Jade Goody’s story played out to its tragic end.
“Cancer is a disease that is mysterious, headstrong and makes its own rules,” Fawcett said in the documentary. “And mine, to this date, is incurable. I know that everyone will die eventually, but I do not want to die of this disease.”
Hazlett poses the question “Does Fawcett’s iconic status mean her message will cut a swath wide enough for her lessons about cancer, privacy, and fighting the good fight to come through? It’s my hunch that it will, which is the best possible outcome for a story that won’t have a happy ending.”
Jade Goody certainly left a legacy of an increased awareness of cervical cancer which prompted many women to take action that may prolong their lives, and opened up a debate on death and the act of dying. Calls to the Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK helplines increased by 50% on the Monday after Jade’s wedding.