Jennette McCurdy plays probably one of the funniest characters on TV, the sarcastic and outspoken Sam Puckett on Nickelodeon's "iCarly." Every time we see Jennette at an event, she's always happy and bubbly and so excited to talk.
Yesterday, Jennette posted a link to an article she wrote for the Wall Street Journal where she opened up about her mom's long struggle with cancer. Her mom found out she had cancer when Jennette was 2 and was not supposed to live. Miraculously she was declared cancer free but just last year, her cancer returned even worse.
Jennette wrote in her article, "There are people who believe that young actors on a TV series have it easy and that they never have a tough moment in their lives – not a single trial or obstacle. I don't blame the people who think this because we, as young actors, spend our days making families laugh and using smiley face emoticons in nearly every tweet we send. Underneath the carefree façade, you may be surprised to know that some of us actually do have to face some tribulations."
Jennette continued to talk about the effect of her mom's cancer and how it is important for kids to talk to their parents about it. She writes, "Cancer takes its toll on the patient's whole family. I went into a state of shock when I learned her cancer had returned. Of course, I grew up knowing her medical history but I was so young when she was first diagnosed that my age had protected me from really knowing what this meant. But not this time.
When the shock faded, all I felt was anger. I was irritable and easily agitated. I was mad that my mother had to go through such a terrible thing again. I was confused as to how it could come back after 15 years of living cancer-free and perplexed that the doctors hadn't found it sooner.
When I'm around my mom, I try to act like nothing's wrong. She does a great job of that herself. She can barely stand, yet she gets up before me in the morning so that she can make me a mug of hot chocolate. I don't know how she does it, but she claims it's what makes her happy.
The protective wall I've created for myself does come down sometimes. I have so many questions, but I'm scared of the answers, so I tend to avoid them. I feel like if I don't know the answers, then they somehow aren't real.
I am thankful that I've recently been able to discuss my mother's cancer with her more openly. Though the conversation may be difficult, I understand how important it is to have that opportunity to discuss this with her because it provides a better sense of understanding and compassion."
You can read the full article here. It is a very powerful article and we commend Jennette for opening up and sharing this with the world.
She closes the article by saying, "If you're reading this and you were one of those people who thought, "young actors have perfect lives," I hope that you will think differently now. We do have challenges. We do cry. We are experiencing difficult things. But we will continue to smile and crack jokes because, as entertainers, even if we're privately struggling with painful trials, our job is to make others forget theirs."
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jennette, her mom and her family.
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