Not So Simple: The Breast Cancer Stories of Betty Ford and Happy Rockefeller

September 26, 2014 2:44 PM

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Not So Simple: The Breast Cancer Stories of Betty Ford and Happy Rockefeller

Forty years ago, when two women -- Betty Ford and Margaretta (Happy) Rockefeller -- went public with their diagnoses of breast cancer, it was historic. In contrast to our modern era, which encourages women with the disease to tell their stories, breast cancer remained a quiet subject in the 1970s.

Yet despite these women's courageous acts, their legacies remain more complicated. Indeed, Ford's cancer disproved the specific lessons her case had supposedly taught. As we continue to struggle with breast cancer and additional celebrities go public, it is worth revisiting what we have really learn...

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