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Maria Bamford Feared Bipolar Meds Would Ruin Career

It’s a common worry among people living with bipolar disorder - will the prescribed medication alter my personality to the point that my career could be affected?  Even fictional character, Carrie Mathison, on the Showtime series, Homeland, avoids taking her pills for similar reasons. It’s not surprising, therefore, that comedian, Maria Bamford, felt the same concerns. Bamford’s new Netflix show, Lady Dynamite, is a hit and she’s using the spotlight to open up about her diagnosis and how hard she has worked to rebuild her life after suffering a devastating mental breakdown in 2010. In an interview with People, Bamford explains: "I went through a nightmare, but it means a lot to me that other people with mental illness tell me the show has helped them and made them laugh. Getting that reaction makes me feel like I'm being useful in life, and that's good." She had been on the fast-track to success before her mental health deteriorated. She was touring the world and is unsure of what may have triggered her suffering but knew pretty quickly that she would need help. The 45-year-old comedienne explained:  "I don't know if it was a hormonal change or stress, but I'd never felt that bad before. I absolutely melted down. Every single moment was unbearable." At the time, she was battling suicidal thoughts while cycling through manic and depressive episodes. She felt unsafe seeking outpatient care so, over a two-year period, she checked herself in for psychiatric care and was once committed under California’s 5150 hold by her doctor. Still, she was hesitant to take the medications she had been prescribed. "I was anxious I'd never work again. But eventually I got to a point where I didn't care," said Bamford. "I didn't feel immediately better, and the side effects from this medication are hair loss, weight gain and tremors, but it's been manageable."
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Celine Dion and Kathie Lee Gifford Share Grief Over Husbands

One of the toughest things that can happen in life is the loss of a loved one. Celine Dion and Kathie Lee Gifford know this truth all too well. Dion’s husband and manager, Rene Angelil, passed away from a lengthy battle with cancer this past January and Gifford’s husband, Frank, died almost a year ago. When the 48-year-old singer visited the Today show this morning, she and the talk show host bonded over their grief. Gifford opened up the discussion by saying: "You have been as I have been this past year ...We've been on quite the journey. We are still on one." She cried as Dion explained: "I lost the man of my life but I cannot live thinking this way. I have to say, 'I found the best man in the world.' Like you did for yourself. We were both extremely lucky. The luggage that we have, we will carry for the rest of our lives and show our kids that mom is fine, and you're gonna be OK." Gifford added, after admitting to having not cried about Frank’s death yet: "And we're all going up someday. If I concentrate on what I lost, then I will be in despair but if I concentrate on what I still have, all of God's blessings. I still have my beautiful children, my husband, the same way you do. ...We are in a state of what's called grace, and I think that's because God gives you what you need when you need it. We have actually been rejoicing as a family since Frank went to be with the Lord. ...We have peace about it."
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Simone Biles Overcame Huge Odds to Become Olympian

At 19 years old, Simone Biles may not be the youngest gymnast the the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio but she’s definitely the most talked about. It’s very possible that the teenager could leave the international competition with several medals around her neck. Despite her already successful career, Biles definitely didn’t have the easiest start in life. Given Up by Mother You wouldn’t know it from Biles infectious giggle or the fierce look in her eyes while she’s competing but she was born to a mother who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. She was very young when she and sister, Adria, were placed in foster care but, fortunately, she had someone looking out for her. Maternal grandfather, Ron, and his wife, Nellie, stepped in and adopted the now 4’ 8” gymnast and, today, it’s clear that she appreciates their actions. "[They] support me in any way possible," she said earlier this year. "My parents make sure we have everything we need so that we compete to the best of our abilities."
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Prince’s Death Motivating Chaka Khan to Seek Treatment

Back in the 1980s, Chaka Khan burst onto the scene with “I Feel For You,” a song written, and first performed, by Prince. The world was shocked when the diminutive singer died on April 21, 2016, but it seems like Chaka has been moved on an entirely different level. Prescription Overdose Prince was known for his clean living. He didn’t eat meat, did not drink alcohol, and was not known to abuse drugs. Unfortunately, what the world did not know is that he was battling an addiction to prescription painkillers and, ultimately, it cost him his life. Chaka Khan Enters Rehab The details of Prince’s death have not been lost on Chaka Khan who has now entered into a rehabilitation program to battle her own addiction to prescription medication. A representative for the 63-year-old artist told People magazine: "Representatives for Chaka Khan announced today that ten-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July. "Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way. As part of the ongoing outpatient treatment, the doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July and commence all performances beginning August 1st and onward."
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Doctor Who Star Shares Bullying Regret

Christopher Eccleston has built a solid career for himself on both the big and small screen but he’s probably best known for her work on Doctor Who. While it’s been a long time since the 52-year-old was in school, he proved that some wounds may never fully heal. As a boy, he claims that he was first bullied by a female classmate who would corner him during recess. He told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain: "Playtime became terror time to me. She would trap me against the wall and make me do sums. I did not want to go to school. I certainly did not want to go out at playtime." While her torment ended after a while, he was, eventually, bullied by a fellow boy when he was a bit older. Sadly, this experience may have led him to become a bully himself.
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Casey Anthony’s “Boring” Life Five Years Later

It was a verdict that shocked and rocked the nation. After what felt like a circus of a trial, Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder charges filed against her in connection with the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. Hundreds of people protested, legal pundits and talk show hosts expressed their opinions as to why a Florida court freed her from the Orange County jail but, regardless of what anyone said or did, Casey Anthony was (and is) for all intents and purposes, an innocent woman. We all got used to seeing the pictures of Casey drinking and partying, even during the time when her daughter was missing. We all heard the stories about why she waited so long to report that anything was amiss. We even heard about the fact that Casey was so unsure of who Caylee’s father was that she had her own brother, Lee, tested. So five years later, what is life like for her now? Casey recently turned 30 and, apparently, does very little with her days in South Florida. She claims she can’t find a job and she hasn’t done much with the photography business she started. Basically, she survives off of the financial support she receives from some members of her legal team.
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Chloë Grace Moretz Almost Gave in to Plastic Surgery

To be clear, this post is not about whether plastic surgery is good or bad. There are many people who undergo procedures and it ends up being an overwhelmingly positive experience. Others, unfortunately, go under the knife for the wrong reasons and it can have a lifelong damaging effect. In old Hollywood, there seemed to be more of a desire to be a "natural beauty" than there is today when so many stars have altered their appearance in some way. It definitely sends a message to fans but, also, to younger actors and actresses in the industry. It sounds like Chloë Grace Moretz has some insight about this topic. The 19-year-old first gained notoriety as a preteen who had the foulest language in the 2010 movie, Kick-Ass, and has since gone on to star in major movies such as the remake of Carrie. Things weren’t always so positive, she revealed since she considered having several plastic surgery procedures when she was just 16 years old. The actress told Elle magazine: "I wanted a boob job. I wanted the fat pad under my chin to be removed. I wanted a butt reduction, or whatever."
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Tyler Oakley: Social Media Comments Hurt

If you follow YouTube celebrities or watched the most recent season of The Amazing Race, you are probably familiar with Tyler Oakley. With millions of subscribers, Oakley has become an internet sensation and, as such, has some really valuable insight about the interactions he sees online and what we can do to make our virtual world a better place. While speaking at VidCon 2016 in Anaheim, California last week, he explained: "You may think that when you tweet – I'm probably preaching to the choir, ya'll are angels I'm sure – but when you tweet to somebody … like, okay, say you tweet to Demi Lovato, God Bless her, but you tweet something shady, she might see that – and like I just said, she's a human… So it doesn't matter if that person's an A-list celebrity, a YouTuber, a politician … whatever they might be, words have power."
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Kelly McGillis on Surviving a Brutal Sexual Assault and Emotional Turmoil

When Top Gun came out, so many of us wanted to be Kelly McGillis. The actress was Tom Cruise’s leading lady in the classic film and she seemed to combine strength and natural beauty in an effortless way. Sadly, things were less than perfect off-screen. Home Invasion When McGillis was in her 20s, she was viciously raped by two men. She was living in New York City after relocating from California 24 years ago when her attackers broke into her apartment as she was getting out of the shower. As she screamed for help, the pair held a knife to her face and forced her into her bedroom where they took turns raping her. To further demoralize her, they spat on and hit her while stabbing at her. Back in 1988, she told People magazine: "They kept switching and telling me they were going to beat me until I was dead. At that point, I thought I would die, and I had resigned myself." Fortunately, police arrived on the scene and stopped the attack. A month later, the men were arrested but one of them escaped conviction.
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Padma Lakshmi Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse

It’s been a time of great revelations for Padma Lakshmi who, recently, admitted that, while pregnant with her daughter, she was not sure who her child’s father was. In what seems to be an effort to tackle topics that are often painful and taboo, Lakshmi has also revealed that she survived childhood sexual abuse. In her memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate, the television personality recounted a devastating story with an equally sad ending. The 45-year-old explained that, when she was just seven years old, she lived in a two bedroom apartment with her mother and stepfather. She also shared an actual bed with one of her stepfather’s relatives which, according to Lakshmi, isn’t uncommon to those used to sharing cramped living quarters in India. She wrote: “one night, I woke up to his hand in my underpants. He took my hand and placed it inside his briefs. I don’t know how many times it happened before, since I suspect I slept through some incidents.” Distressed by what happened, young Lakshmi urinated behind her bed which was a signal to her mother that something was very wrong. In her book, she detailed the grim outcome after telling her mother about the abuse. She wrote: “once you take a girl’s innocence, you can never get it back. What I remember more is telling my mother what happened and her believing me and then she and I telling someone else that it happened and that person not believing me. And then the next week, I was sent to India.”
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