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Stefanie Spielman passed away on Thursday from breast cancer. She was only 42. Most of you are saying "who?", but if you're a Ohio State fan, she was like a queen. She was definitely Buckeyes royalty as the wife of beloved former Buckeyes football player Chris Spielman.

I was a student at Ohio State when Stefanie was initially diagnosed at the young age of 31. It was also about the same time that my own sister-in-law was also diagnosed with the same disease (my sister-in-law is now a survivor of almost 10 years). Stefanie's story made national headlines & even Oprah because her husband walked away from millions in the NFL to be by her side throughout her fight. When she lost her hair, he shaved his. Then the activism began. As a student, I remember the push to get young girls on campus to do self-exams. That was just the start. Over the past 10 years, the Spielmans have raised 6.5 million dollars for cancer awareness and research. They've formed support groups, charity events & continue the push on campus to let young women know that this disease often doesn't discriminate against age.

Let me repeat....diagnose at 31, dead at 42. Yet just this week, some dumbass government panel is now recommending that mammograms not start until age 50. I think her death is evidence enough that 50 is too way late for some.

My heart goes out to her husband and the 4 children she left behind.

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radiolassie82
Dec. 1st, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Totally. My former babysitter (who is barely past 40) was diagnosed and has been a survivor for several years. Millions of women suffer from this so much earlier than 50. Hell, I read a special in Cosmo or something about a 27 year old who was diagnosed just out of college. I mean seriously.
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