This Photo of a Woman With Cancer Breastfeeding After a Mastectomy Has Gone Viral

TIME

Two photographs of an unidentified woman—who is pictured breastfeeding a newborn boy after reportedly having undergone a mastectomy and chemotherapy to treat her stage-3 breast cancer—have gone viral on the Internet.

“She really wanted to breastfeed after having many of her birth choices and preferences taken from her, if only for a short time because cancer treatments resume when she is discharged from the hospital,” the Florida-based Gentle Birth Options midwife center posted on Facebook along with photos of the woman.

Though leading cancer institutions recommend a mother not nurse her child after chemotherapy, some experts insist there is no solid scientific basis for that guidance.

Breastfeeding is known for reducing an infant’s risk of developing asthma, childhood leukemia, childhood obesity, eczema, and a range of other health ailments, according to the federal government’s Office of Women’s Health.

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Women held captive for decade in Cleveland house recount heavy chains and manipulation in new memoir

Women held captive for decade in Cleveland house recount heavy chains and manipulation in new memoir

In this May 6, 2014, file photo, kidnapping survivors Gina DeJesus, left, and Amanda Berry are honoured at the annual National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Hope Awards dinner in Washington. For years, the two women and a third, Michelle Knight, were held captive in a Cleveland home by Ariel Castro before finally escaping in 2013.

AP Photo/Cliff Owen, FileIn this May 6, 2014, file photo, kidnapping survivors Gina DeJesus, left, and Amanda Berry are honoured at the annual National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Hope Awards dinner in Washington. For years, the two women and a third, Michelle Knight, were held captive in a Cleveland home by Ariel Castro before finally escaping in 2013.

NEW YORK — When Amanda Berry’s toddler daughter had night terrors and started screaming and running around the room, Berry couldn’t always get to her — because she was chained and couldn’t move that far.

Big, heavy chains were a regular part of Berry’s life for years as she, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive in a Cleveland home by Ariel Castro before finally escaping in 2013. So were repeated rapes and other abuse.

But the women survived, and now Berry and DeJesus have written a book about their experiences. “We are free, we love life,” the women said in the note to readers at the beginning of Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, which they wrote with journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. Hope is scheduled to come out Monday. The Associated Press purchased an early copy in New York.

Berry kept journals and other writings during her captivity; the book shifts between her and DeJesus’ perspectives and recounts what their families went through and what Castro’s background and life were like. Knight, who legally changed her name to Lily Rose Lee, has written a separate book about her experience, which was published last year. Berry and DeJesus said they invited her to write with them and “wish her only the best.”

Castro kidnapped the women from 2002 to 2004 and kept them locked up in his home. Berry, who gave birth to Castro’s daughter during her imprisonment, broke out through a door in May 2013, leading all three women to freedom. Castro, 53, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison. He hanged himself in his cell in September 2013.

Berry and DeJesus were teens when they were abducted, and they recounted how Castro was familiar to them through his children when they initially accepted car rides from him that led to their captivity. The years that followed were a mix of horror interspersed with odd moments of grace, like when the three girls had a pillow fight when Castro locked them in the garage.

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AP Photo/Hennes Paynter Communications, FileThis combo image made from July 8, 2013, file still frames from video provided by Hennes Paynter Communications shows, from left: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade by Ariel Castro.

Castro initially kept the women apart, and even when he allowed them to be together, he tried to manipulate their relationships with one another. The women described how he insisted the sex was consensual, that he said he had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child and wasn’t doing anything wrong. The women said he even talked about when they would get out of the house, wondering what moniker he would be known by. He insisted that if Berry wrote a book, she write “the truth,” that she had feelings for him.

The birth of Berry’s daughter in December 2006 was also a turning point. Castro doted on his child, whom he called “Pretty” and took out and about in Cleveland. As the girl grew older, Berry wrote, it became harder and harder to hide the strangeness of their lives.

On the day of the escape, Berry said, Castro left the house without locking her in her room. She was terrified it was some kind of trap, but she took the risk anyway. They recount their mix of feelings on hearing of Castro’s death, with Berry in particular conflicted over the impact it would have on her daughter.

In the end, they wrote about the steps they’ve taken to move forward, such as Berry learning to drive and DeJesus getting a job.

AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File

AP Photo/Tony Dejak, FileIn this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 file photo, a missing poster still rests on a tree outside the home of Amanda Berry, in Cleveland.

How one man saved a woman he found bound, handcuffed, half-naked on a porch

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: A Toronto man is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a woman who had been held captive for days. Allison Vuchnich reports

TORONTO – Peter Hamilton saved a woman, allegedly kidnapped, and sexually assaulted for five days inside a Leslieville home on Sunday.

He’s being nominated for an award, but from his perspective, he just did what he thought he had to do.

“I couldn’t have done anything different,” he said during an interview Thursday. “There’s a woman who’s been kidnapped, on the porch, and there’s a person in the house, I cannot leave. Even to go and knock on somebody else’s door.”

He left his house, a short walk from where the woman was found, on Sunday morning. He had been walking with his dog Cocoa for a few minutes and had crossed the road to throw out a doggy-bag when he heard the woman…

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So deeply touching: “Isolation… Many Victims Endure”

  

Isolation… Many Victims Endure

So many of us have been isolated by abusers and bullies in various situations.

Some isolation has occurred in schools where we are forced to sit alone with no contact with others.

Some occurs in marriages where we are taken from families and only have our abuser and/or their family as contacts.

Other isolation has even taken place in workplaces where victims are kept silent by threats against them.

In all situations, this isolation is a tool or tactic used to ultimate hurt victims.

 

Isolation…
many victims endure.
With lives of abuse…
making many unsure.
Afraid to look…
or to someone speak.
Or to make a motion…
like attention seek.
For accusations flow…
like a pouring rain.
So to avoid attacks…
contact’s restrained.
Remaining isolated…
like a hermit alone.
Away from family…
or love that’s shown.
But we don’t realize…
our abusers control…
as we are isolated…
with wounded souls.
With no family near…
or no friends to speak…
the isolation deepens…
as the abuse peaks.
But God sees all…
and we’re never alone…
and as we cry out to Him…
His Love will be shown.
For in our isolation…
we reach out for More…
and He’ll be beside us…
like never before.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2015.

Dear Lord, only You see the countless numbers of victims who have been

isolated with the various abuses. You see the wounds that have been

inflicted upon them so that they do not even realize that they are being

isolated in some cases. Then You also see those who are held captive

in total bondage by their abusers, physically and/ or emotionally.

I pray that You deliver all victims from the bondage of their past and

free them free from their captivity. Heal all the wounds of brokenness

and restore all that the enemy has stolen from these victims.

We declare freedom to all victims… in Jesus’ Name. Amen.