Lifetime’s Original Movie Five begins with Pearl, a young girl whose mother dies of breast cancer. That little girl decides to become an oncologist, helping women wage their own battles. Then Pearl finds herself in the very same predicament.
As a child, Pearl learned what was happening to her mother from an older cousin. She calls it “bread cancer.” When Pearl learns her diagnosis, she shares it with her young daughter. This point in the movie resonated with me. We have to teach our girls about breast cancer. When we do, we help break the cycle of fear.
The film illustrates how breast cancer affects women during different stages of diagnosis. Through laughter and tears, the stories show how “Charlotte” (Ginnifer Goodwin), “Mia” (Patricia Clarkson), “Lili” (Rosario Dawson), “Cheyanne” (Lyndsy Fonseca) and “Pearl” (Jeanne Tripplehorn).
Five is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. The films are directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins (The Killing) and Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World), and premiere Monday, October 10, at 9PM ET/PT. Check it out.
Say hello to Lily from Sesame Street. She’s 7 and “food insecure.”
The USDA estimates 17 million children live at or below the poverty level and that their access to food is limited or uncertain. Lily represents them.
The newest Muppet will be featured in a prime-time Sesame Street special “Growing Hope Against Hunger” on Oct. 9 to raise awareness about hunger in America.
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first heard about Lily. Some children don’t know they grew up poor until they are much older, while others are keenly aware of their upbringing as it’s happening. I’ll be watching with Simone and Nadia to see what I think.
How about you? Will you watch?
ETA: I thought it was appearing later than it did, and we missed the special. I’m hoping it will air again and we can catch it then.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry points out some facts we parents of multiracial children already know. Our children “do not differ from other children in self-esteem, comfort with themselves, or number of psychiatric problems. Also, they tend to be high achievers with a strong sense of self and tolerance of diversity.” Check it out.