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I don’t want to die.
These are the heartbreaking words penned by Jael Strauss on her Facebook page in a message to fans that relayed the most painful news imaginable:
She has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
“I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know,” the 34-year old wrote last week, four days into Breast Cancer Awareness month.
She then added very simply:
“On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable.”
Stage IV is the final and most serious stage for cancer.
It is not always a death sentence, but as Strauss writes here, there is rarely any treatment options for someone that has contracted such an illness.
Strauss later confirmed that the name of her illness was rapidly progressive metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.
She went on to explain that undergoing chemotherapy and treatment may help extend her doctors’ original prognosis.
“With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the “few months” doctors said I could make it,” she added.
“I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013.”
Strauss competed on the eighth season of America’s Next Top Model in 2007, finishing six among all contestants.
Just this past August, she celebrated five years of sobriety, writing at the time on Instagram;
“Today I have 5 years sober. Good God!
“I know a few things to be true: Miracles are real, Recovery is possible for everyone no matter how far gone you think you are, We are never too broken to be put back together.”
She talked years ago with Dr. Phil about how an intervention by her loved ones allowed her to overcome her addiction.
(Hence the reference above to the year 2013.)
“Service work feels better than the greatest high, Sobriety makes you weirder not normal,” she continued last month.
“And I’d be dead if it weren’t for all the love and forgiveness I’ve been showered with by my friends and family. Thank you to anyone that’s ever let me sponsor them.”
To help offset some of the medical costs, Strauss’ friends have set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf, confirming that the former model has already started chemotherapy.
“What we do know is that Jael is putting all of her energy and drive into fighting this insidious disease and can use as much support and love as possible,” reads the fundraising page, noting that:
“Jael is in tremendous pain right now and is unable to work. In a month, she will be let go from her job and lose her health insurance.”
Jael, being the selfless person that she is, has helped countless people throughout her life as an advocate for recovery and social justice.
She has offered everything she has to people in need; no matter what their situation, she is always ready to help with an empathetic heart and nonjudgmental spirit.
She has created “gofundmes” for literally dozens of her friends, and it is now time for us to pay her back.
We have the chance, and honestly the obligation, to step up and return the favor.
You can donate to her cause HERE.
The campaign has since raised over $ 7,800 in three days.
“Currently fighting stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer,” reads Jael’s Instagram bio. “Plz send miracles.”
We are doing just that.
In case you haven’t checked in on Scott Disick in a while, and you were hoping that his cradle-robbing relationship with Sofia Richie had quietly come to an end … we have some bad news for you.
While Disick and Sofia did break up over the summer in a brief burst rationality, they’ve since resumed their ill-advised romance.
And as you can see, Scott reminded the world of that fact in somewhat uncomfortable fashion over the weekend
It seems he and Sofia traveled to Las Vegas to attend UFC 229 on Saturday night.
Sofia posted this pic on her Instagram page pre-fight.
“The man in the mirror,” she captioned the image.
Of course, at that point in the evening, Scott and Sofia had no idea what was in store.
As you may have heard, the evening’s main event was a much-hyped bout between outspoken Irishman Connor McGregor and the undefeated Russian juggernaut Khabib Nurmagomedov.
After McGregor was forced to tap out, all hell broke loose, as Khabib leaped into the crowd to fight a heckler.
Several members of the Russian’s team entered the ring with the intention of attacking McGregor, and arena security was forced to rush front row attendees to safety.
“So the night ended with us getting rushed out!” Richie later wrote in an Instagram story.
“Of course I attend the fight that ends in a riot.”
We’re sure it was an unpleasant experience, but Sofia has been with Scott for quite some time now.
So by now, she must be accustomed to short, angry dudes exhibiting wild bursts of erratic behavior.
Anyway, there’s been enough coverage of the fight and its totally bonkers aftermath.
We’re here to discuss the fully-clothed, yet oddly-intimate photo that Scott took and Sofia posted.
Now, Sofia is 20, which means she’s a consenting adult, and her relationship with Scott is perfectly legal, and yada, yada, yada.
But when they started dating, she was still in her teens, and since he’s a 35-year-old father of three, there’s a considerable ick factor to this relationship.
Perhaps part of the problem is that Sofia looks so young and Scott looks, well … not, but whatever the case, there’s something unsettling about him having her sit on the bed for skeevy hotel room pics.
Or maybe it’s just us.
Either way, you should probably just go ahead and avert your eyes, Lionel.
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As you’ve likely heard by now, Ben Affleck checked into rehab last month following an intervention from his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner.
What you may not have heard, however, is that the Oscar winner lasted just two weeks in treatment before retreating to the comfort of his Batfleck Cave and his 22-year-old girlfriend.
Yes, Affleck left rehab yesterday and was spotted being driven to his Pacific Palisades home looking disheveled and out of sorts.
Shortly after his arrival, Ben’s rumored girlfriend Shauna Sexton paid him a visit.
At first, there was an outpouring of concern on social media, as it was widely assumed that Ben had decided to bail on his treatment program several weeks ahead of schedule.
Fortunately, several media outlets have reported today that Ben has returned to rehab after spending just a few hours at home.
Reps for the actor claim he made the trip simply so that he could utilize his home gym.
Of course, since Shauna stopped by during Ben’s brief furlough, we’re guessing his workout session wasn’t limited to free weights.
So the good news is, Ben returned to treatment after stopping by the crib to keep his bat-body in fighting form.
The bad news is, those who know him best are deeply concerned about his casual attitude toward recovery and his continued association with Shauna.
“He had stayed in touch with Shauna the entire time he was in rehab and the people at the facility and friends had huge concerns about it because she isn’t sober,” a source tells E! News.
“She is a huge, red flag to everyone that is trying to support Ben with his process. Shauna is giving him false confidence and that is their biggest concern.”
During Ben’s brief visit home, the insider claimed that Jen was so angry that she considered paying her ex another unannounced visit.
“Jen knows he is back at the house with Shauna and she is so painfully frustrated,” the source stated at the time.
She held off, however, ultimately realizing that Ben must be the author of his own recovery:
“She knows he has to do this for himself,” the informant claims.
While Jen may be taking a more hands-off approach at this point, she’s well aware of just how high the stakes are:
“It has been an intensive challenge but he had no choice,” the source says.
“For Ben this was a life-and-death situation. It was very dire and that is the main reason Jen had no choice but to get involved.”
Unfortunately, despite realizing the severity of the situation, Affleck has been choosy about what sort of advice he’ll accept from the professionals assisting with his treatment:
“He believes he is strong enough to venture outside the facility with sober coaches,” says the source.
Here’s hoping Ben is able to accept the help he needs before it’s too late.
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Earlier this week, the world learned that Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus have broken up after just over a year of dating.
Given the fact that the couple went to great pains to keep their relationship as private as possible, perhaps it should come as no surprise that there was no official statement confirming the split.
What is surprising, however, is the fact that Ben moved on within days of the breakup.
Yes, these days, Affleck is dating Playboy model Shauna Sexton.
Aside from drunkenly posting all-caps rage comments on an article suggesting that it’s time for Tom Brady to retire, dumping a successful career woman who’s at least close to his age in favor of a 22-year-old centerfold is the most Ben Affleck thing Ben Affleck has ever done.
Those who know him best probably aren’t shocked by the decision — but that doesn’t mean they like it.
According to Us Weekly, Jennifer Garner has been quite vocal about her distaste for Ben’s new relationship.
A source close to the situation tells the tabloid that it’s not a matter of jealousy — rather it’s the fact that Jen desperately wants her three children to have a relationship with their father, but she feels she can’t trust Affleck when he’s spending his time with hard-partying college-aged women.
“Jen realized a long time ago that she cannot fix Ben and that his problems are not hers to solve,” says the insider.
“She’s not his babysitter. She just wants to protect the kids. But she does wish Ben would keep his life more private.”
The source goes on to claim that while Ben’s reckless rebound behavior was not unexpected, Jen had hoped for a shred of maturity from her ex.
“Of course she’s not pleased he’s dating a 22-year-old Playboy model,” the insider adds.
“But she’s also not surprised. Jen has come to expect this from Ben. She’s not going to get involved. She can’t make decisions for him.”
And this isn’t a case of Jen being skeptical of Shauna simply because of her age or profession.
You see, Affleck is still newly sober, and Shauna is, well … not.
Her Playboy bio she reveals that she loves whiskey, and Ben was recently spotted carrying a case of the hard stuff into his home.
Sources close to the actor swear the booze was for Shauna, but members of his inner circle are still concerned.
Even if Ben is still off the sauce, taking up with a hard-drinking girlfriend half his age doesn’t exactly improve his chances of staying sober.
Here’s hoping Ben will slow things down a bit before he spirals out of control once again.