Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bye-Bye Jade:She died of cancer, you could be next

CAPTIONS: Jade with sons Freddie (in front) and Bobby. Jade playing soccer for charity and Jade arrives at Mumbai Airport. In black with suitcase is Jade as she entered BB UK3 in 2002. More photos to come.

Jade Goody died on Mother’s Day and she will be sadly missed. But who is she?
Jade entered the Big Brother UK House on May 27 2002 and she captured the hearts of the show’s viewers.
It was Big Brother 3 - back then she was an unknown 21-year-old dental nurse. Her comments inside the BB House, claiming that ‘East Angular’ was abroad (in reference to East Anglia) and that Cambridge was in London, had viewers in stitches.
She, in 2007, returned in the Celebrity Big Brother version where she allegedly attacked fellow housemate Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty. Jade and Shilpa’s January 2007 race row in the British Celebrity BB House caused a furore, but the pair made-up and Jade even went to India and apologised to the Indian community saying, “I’m not racist, but I can see why it has had the impact it’s had.”
Jade also went ahead and entered the Indian version of Big Brother called Bigg Boss and Shilpa wished her luck for her time in the Indian House.
Earlier in 2004, Jade had been given the all-clear for ovarian cancer and for bowel cancer but - while taking part in the Big Boss - she was informed that she had cervical cancer. On finding out the tragic news, she left the house immediately – she cried for long in the Dial Room where her doctor delivered the bad news.
At the time, her publicist, Max Clifford said: "She's very upset and frightened, as you can imagine. The most important thing is to get Jade back and get her with the right people so they can take care of her."
Jade was diagnosed with cervical cancer in August 2008. She started treatment, but in February 2009 she received the devastating news that her cancer had spread to her liver, bowel and groin.
At the time, doctors hoped a two-month course of the "miracle drug" Hycamtin would help her beat the disease.
In February 2009 she was informed that her cancer was terminal.
Following the devastating news, she announced that she would marry boyfriend Jack Tweed as soon as possible.
She received her Manuel Mota dress as a gift from Harrods' owner, Mohamed al-Fayed.
She and Jack tied the knot at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex and Clifford confirmed news of her nuptials on February 22 saying: “They are now man and wife. It was lovely. The chapel was absolutely beautiful and I imagine there must be close to 200 people there.”
On January 27 2009, Jade received good news as Jack was released early from HMP Wayland prison in Norfolk.
Jack had been serving time after being convicted of attacking a teenager with a golf club. A condition of Jack's bail was that he was tagged and would live at home with his mum but was allowed to stay at her bedside 24/7 when her condition deteriorated.
In her only interview since finding out that her cancer was terminal, she said: "When they first told me the chemo hadn't worked they said it didn't have to be the end. They said there were lots of other medicines out there and there were other things they could do. I know they've done everything they can to help me and I'm grateful. But I really thought I might be OK."
Jade was brave. In early January 2009, she embarked on promoting the documentary that Living TV made about her. Before her show got underway, she took a well-deserved break abroad in January, with her sons, Bobby and Freddie.
Jade continued to allow cameras to film her, and to undertake interviews, to ensure she could get as much money as possible together for her boys.
She also wrote and promoted her book, Catch A Falling Star. July 2008 Jade was out to promote her perfume called Controversial.
She didn’t only have a great sense of humour but Jade also had a huge heart and did lots of charity work. She even took part in the Celebrity Soccer Six tournament in May 2008.
In October 2007 Jade attended the Pink Ice Ball, in aid of cancer research.
The same year she travelled to New Delhi and donated £25,000 to a children's charity, saying: "I am not giving the money to improve my image. It is to improve the lives of the underprivileged children."
Jade signed up to do the London Marathon in 2006, but she never completed it. She did, however, manage to raise £550 for the NSPCC.
Another of her ventures in 2006 was doing Stars in Their Eyes, where she portrayed Lynn Anderson.
It was a big month for Jade, in August 2005, as she didn’t only start dating Jack Tweed, who was six years her junior, but she also opened her own beauty salon called Ugly’s.
Jade had two sons when she met Jack.
In 2004 she was pregnant with her youngest and second son, Freddie – the eldest is Bobby who was born in June 2003.
Jeff Brazier is the father of the two boys. Brazier and Jade split in 2005.
Brazier brought a bouquet of flowers to Jade ahead of her wedding with Jack.
So lovely! Surely, we will all miss you, Jade!
From the bottom of my heart, bye-bye Jade and May Your Soul Rest In Eternal Peace – yours Rafshizzle.

NB: Tomorrow we shall have the painful journey of Jade from since she was diagnosed to being bedridden and finally breathing her last. Quite emotional and educational so don’t miss!

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