Dear Talula: An unusual loveletter from an unusual mother

Lori’s stepsister and paternal grandmother were also victims of the disease. Sadly, they did not win their battles against it. In 1994, researchers discovered that women who carry mutations of BRCA1(Breast Cancer 1) or BRCA2 (Breast Cancer 2) are at higher risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer than women who do not have these genetic mutations. Because of her family history, Lori was not surprised that she had what they now refer to as the “breast cancer gene.” But she didn’t let it victimize her,

“I never suffered from the “why me?”s. I was not surprised by it. I was just defiant in my fight against it.”

Consequently, “Dear Talula” isn’t a weepy, movie of the week story. There are no scenes of Lori throwing up, or becoming rail thin and fragile. She also never lost her hair during her chemo,an aspect of the movie she feels contributes to its effectiveness,

“One of the reasons people who normally couldn’t watch a movie on this subject, you know, men, seem to be able to stick with it might be that they never see me lose my hair. I stay an attractive woman through the process, so it’s more accessible for them.”

And also, throughout the film, Lori exudes a grounded intelligence that belies the fact that it is happening to her. What you witness is a woman figuring out the best strategy for taking on the disease so she can be a loving and present mother for Talula, now five and a half. The footage feels completely sponetaneous, probably because, as Lori tells me,

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