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A Look at 10 Hollywood Adoptions

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Thanks to A-list couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood has put adoption in the spotlight.

From Malawi, to Korea, to the United States, CelebrityBabyScoop takes a look at some international and domestic adoptions from our favorite celebrity families. And hear about the joys from some of the most high-profile adoptive parents.

Jillian Michaels:
The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhoades became parents to two children in May: A 2-year-old daughter Lukensia and a newborn son Phoenix.

“About three and a half years ago I began dating my partner Heidi,” Jillian shared on her road toward motherhood. “We had a very easy going, comfortable and no-pressure relationship. And a year or so into our relationship, I decided I want to adopt.”

The celebrity trainer went on to say the adoption process was not easy, and after a year and a half of waiting for a referral from Africa, she switched gears.

“I switched all my paperwork over to Haiti and I get a phone call one day,” she shared. “Heidi is now trying to get pregnant for five months now. They say, ‘We have a referral for you,’ which means they’ve matched you with a child. I was like, ‘This is unbelievable, this is great!’ I come home and tell Heidi, and in less than 24 hours she says, ‘By the way, I’m pregnant.’ ”

Charlize Theron:
Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, who stars in Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus this summer, shocked fans with her baby news in March. The actress adopted a baby boy named Jackson.

Charlize recently opened up about a letter she wrote at 8-years-old, sharing her plans for a future adoption.

“My mother found [it]. It said, ‘Would you please take me to orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?’ I always knew I would adopt – always,” she shared.

Sandra Bullock:
Not only did Sandra Bullock become an Academy Award-winner in 2010, she also become a mom. The Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close actress adopted a New Orleans-born boy, Louis, in January 2010.

Now 2-years-old, Louis has become Sandra’s greatest joy: “He’s just perfect, I can’t even describe him any other way.”

Sandra opened up about the first time she laid eyes on her gorgeous son:

“The first time I met Louis, it was like the whole outside world got quiet,” she said. “It was like he had always been a part of our lives. All I said when I met him was, ‘Oh, there you are.’”


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An Incredible Breast Cancer Resource

Monday, October 11th, 2010

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, or if you’re close to anyone who has been, do yourself a favor and check out the new DVD  Breast Cancer: A Path of Wellness and Healing. It’s unbelievably comprehensive. I’d say something like, “covering everything from X to X” but truly, it encompasses every possible aspect of the disease and its treatment. It even takes you behind the scenes to actual radiation and chemotherapy sessions. The information is shared in straightforward, no-bull language by front-line researchers including renowned breast surgeon Susan Love, M.D., and survivors such as Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Etheridge, and plenty of non-celebs, too. It’s roughly five hours long, but of course it’s not meant to be watched in one sitting; the idea is to pick and choose the parts that interest you most at the moment.

I paid special attention to the section from our advisor Harvey Karp, M.D., (the creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block) who shared his best advice on how to talk to your child—no matter his or her age—about your illness. His advice makes perfect sense and should make some very difficult conversations a little bit easier.

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1999—I’m grateful to say she’s an 11-year survivor—we armed ourselves with the most well-regarded books. But it was hard to read them. In some cases, there was more information than we were ready for, and in others, they raised more questions than they answered. I know my family would have preferred to watch a DVD like this, where the information is broken down into very specific categories and you choose to watch only what you’re prepared for. And there’s something about hearing the experiences of real people, whether they’re patients, survivors, or experts, that makes it somehow easier to comprehend.

Another very appealing feature of this DVD: 100% of the profits from the $34.99 price tag goes to fund breast cancer research.

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