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Bye-Bye Kitty, Nora, those cute brothers and whoever else was on that show... - Wendy Will Blog
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Bye-Bye Kitty, Nora, those cute brothers and whoever else was on that show…

May 18, 2011

I was pretty surprised to hear that ABC canceled Brothers & Sisters.  I loved this show…until Rob Lowe left and I never watched another episode.

Back in November 2009 — and on my now defunct blog, I wrote about a particular episode when Kitty shaved her head while going through treatment for cancer.  At the time, I was pleased with how the show was realistically handling her disease.  By the end of the season, Kitty was cancer-free and never thought about it again.  #notreal

Anyway, in honor of its cancellation, here’s the re-post of that entry.

They Went There

Two shows I regularly watch currently have story lines featuring characters battling cancers. Jackie Taylor (yes, Kelly’s mom) on the new version on 90210 has breast cancer and Kitty McCallister on Brothers and Sisters has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

We found out about Jackie a couple of weeks ago and she was already undergoing treatment. They even showed a very quick shot of her bald head before jumping up and pulling on her wig so that her daughter wouldn’t see. I thought it was cool that there was some aspect of realism on a show that is not very realistic!

When Kitty was diagnosed, I wrote on Facebook that “I hope that they go there.” So far, I’ve been pleased with how the writers of Brothers and Sisters have handled the character’s diagnosis and treatment. They have tapped into the fear one deals with facing such a deadly illness. They’ve shown Kitty writing letters to her young son in the event she dies. They’ve shown her look like crap after chemo – dark circles under her eyes, exhausted. And they’ve shown Kitty search out alternative treatments hoping there was another way instead of chemotherapy.

I felt myself becoming anxious watching last Sunday’s episode. Kitty was at a party when she brushed some fly-away hair strands from her face and they fell out in her hand. She ran to the bathroom to see and discovered a huge bald patch. Man, it brought me back to that morning in my very own bathroom.


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e May 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I guess they can only do so much in a half hour type of show. Anyway, the good news is today researchers are testing new therapies that show promise… without so many of the "traditional" side effects like losing hair.


Wendy May 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Honestly, losing the hair wasn't so terrible in retrospect. It was the anticipation of it falling out that was the worst. If I ever have to do chemo again, I'll just buzz it from go.

I wish researchers could find new therapies to treat the aches and pains associated with treatment. Or better yet, a cure.


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