Did she say why?" I asked. I was on the phone with Ally, one of my close friends, listening to her explain how our mutual friend had just canceled on Girls' Night In (replete with chick flicks and pear sangria). We hadn't seen her in two months. I had an idea on why she'd pulled the plug on us, but I wanted it confirmed. "You know why," Ally said, her voice practically dripping with venom. "Because of him!"...read more...
Crystal Brown-Tatum, 39, of Blanchard, Louisiana, was terrified when she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2007. "I knew that chemo would be the next step, but I was too scared to do it," she says. "I envisioned myself frail, bald and throwing up all the time." Feeling low, Brown-Tatum called her friend Tarsha, and they talked for three hours. Tarsha encouraged her to "fully embrace the experience" and eventually talked her into undergoing treatment. "Her support gave me the courage to do chemo — and most likely saved my life," says Brown-Tatum, who is cancer-free today...read more...