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Farrah Fawcett Shares Her Cancer Struggle

Farrah Fawcett's hair is iconic, but tomorrow night she will shave it off in front of the world. In Farrah's Story, the former angel chronicles her three-year battle with cancer, and it's sure to be extremely honest, emotional, and at times hard to watch. The video diary airs tomorrow on NBC.

Farrah is determined to show her beautiful strength, along with the ugly side of cancer, in the documentary. The story is sometimes gut-wrenching, and to be honest, I had to turn away during some of the preview clips that aired on the Today Show this morning.

Do you think the film will enlighten the public, or do you find the idea exploitative?

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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I watched this myself and was really shocked and cringed over the graphic repercussions of dealing with cancer. I respect the fact that it showed the ugly side of it for the sake of empowering others to learn more about the horrors of the disease. While times are tough in my life, I can think how grateful I am for my health and that my family is healthy too. But yeah, CaterpillarGirl, while I felt bad over Farrah's struggle, I can't say much of her if she were a healthy woman because she was never really talented; just a pop culture blip that started on Charlie's Angels. Same of Ryan O'Neal, who is mostly a jackass, and their idiot son. But if this is something that she could do for others to increase awareness about cancer in what could be the last stage of her life, then I admire that.
janneth janneth 8 years
I heard her speaking on the documentary. Her voice is very weak and child-like. But much of what she was saying was poetic. It brought tears to my eyes.
beautifulmel beautifulmel 8 years
Oh, that's so sad. :( I'm sorry anyone has to go through this.
karlotta karlotta 8 years
My Dad is dying of lung cancer right now. Now THAT man deserves to be on TV all day, every day, he's so amazing. Her? I don't know, is her struggle so special because she was in a TV show? I find it so weird, that because she's famous, her ordeal is made to be particularly horrible. You want my life for a couple of weeks? I promise you it's just as sad as her kids'.
sparklepants sparklepants 8 years
i'm with you caterpillar...i saw her on letterman or leno a few years ago and she couldn't put together a sentence. weird how she's back in the spotlight now. i'm sorry she's dying, but why would anyone want to watch her struggle? it's terrible enough when it's a family member or friend and it's right in front of your face and you have no choice but to watch, but why would you watch it on purpose? it's strange to me that people want to see this and that she wants to be so public. i think it will be a very rare person who hasn't been touched by cancer and it's effects. why make an event out of it?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
this isnt casting a light on cancer, its casting a light on a dying woman who, stop me if I am wrong, the only clips they have on are from the 70s and 80s.
ovenmitt ovenmitt 8 years
i'm not trying to sound callow, but who hasn't seen the devastating effects of cancer in some way, shape, or form in this generation? my sister is the only person in my immediate family who has not had cancer, from 21 years ago when i was diagnosed to two years ago when we lost my dad. brain tumours do have a different impact on the behavior of the survivor, compared to, say, leukemia, but i don't think we're opening anyone's eyes to cancer by airing this. i'm on the fence about it. she wants to fight this privately, but has had a crew following her since first diagnosis? i had more important things to deal with when i was sick.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
I respect what she is going through, but honestly I'm kinda sick of hearing Ryan O'Neal. I'm fine with the documentary, but why do the news agencies have to play excerpts over and over and over.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I know that the documentary is focusing on her but I am also glad that it shining light to Cancer - so many people battle for years and there are so many stories celebrating people beating the cancer and the memory of those who lost their battle, I like looking and hearing about the battle itself. My father battled many years with Cancer, beating it (what was told in the 80s), coming back, remission, and coming back again until the end.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Now we care about her? she was a joke a few years ago with her erratic behavior but now she is americas sweetheart? I feel bad she is dying but I dont need to see a tv special about it.
borreanig borreanig 8 years
You will be in my thoughts an prayers
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