In 2007, Alaina Giordano was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She and her husband separated in 2010. Her ex fought for custody of their two kids, and the court agreed with him, based in part on a psychologist's testimony that "Children want a normal childhood, and it is not normal with an ill parent" because of the "deteriorating condition of the mother's health." Giordano died this week, at age 38. Her children were able to spend time with her during her final days in hospice care. Here's a memorial video.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.