Monday, October 08, 2012


Originally published 10/11/11

The lovely Tina Sloan reminds me that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The perfect time to share a little of what Tina said to Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments regarding Guiding Light's 1992 breast cancer tale for Lillian, and why soap operas are unique in their story-telling ability:

The original breast cancer story itself won so many awards from the American Cancer Society, the Italian-American Breast Cancer Society, Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber and on and on. But, best of all, were the letters I got from fans telling me the story had saved their lives or that "by crying for you, I was finally able to cry for myself." My story followed a woman who had cancer in real life for a year. So, for a year, I went through all she did with radiation and group therapy... Bravo for the soap opera and the continuity. We didn’t do it in one episode, but in one year. The sadness that this medium has left us is the sadness that mothers with their mothers and their daughters cannot share the stories together anymore. The emotional history of our country’s consciousness is being taken away from us by taking off the world of soap opera and replacing it with game shows and cooking shows and weight loss shows.

Read the complete interview and more in Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments.

To read Tina Sloan's take on what happened to Lillian after GL went off the air, go to: The Surprise Unraveling.

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