News broke yesterday that Stephanie Swift has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Stephanie has been performing for almost 14 years and has no other forms of income. Because the cancer is so severe, she must endure a double mastectomy that she will be responsible for paying for out of pocket. A friend is collecting donations to help Stephanie keep from going bankrupt while dealing with cancer.
Not too long ago, fellow performer Nicki Hunter was diagnosed with and fought lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma, a complex form of cancer targeting the lymph system. In order to pay for the expensive treatments, a series of fundraising events were organized by friends and colleagues in the adult industry. It even appears that some of Nicki’s so-called friends may have been fraudulently raising funds and pocketing them instead of helping pay for her massively expensive cancer treatments.
A third actress, Tina Tyler, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Not wanting to have to beg for money for life-saving care, she is moving home to her native Canada for treatment because she is entitled to it as a citizen of that country.
I honestly don’t know whether any of these women were insured when they were given their diagnoses. Half of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by overwhelming medical bills, and most of those people had health insurance. One can only guess at these women’s personal circumstances, but Americans Stephanie Swift and Nicki Hunter were reduced to begging and will likely remain on the hook for a tremendous amount of money, regardless of how generous their friends and acquaintances are. Tina Tyler, as a Canadian, can focus on her recovery instead of worrying how she’s going to pay for it.
I wish Stephanie and Tina the very best in their battle against the disease and I truly hope Nicki is able to remain cancer-free. If you would like more information on how you can help Stephanie Swift, please contact NicaNoelle@aol.com.
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A group called Draft Stormy in Louisiana is trying to encourage Wicked contract star Stormy Daniels to challenge the Republican incumbent David Vitter for his senate seat. Vitter espouses very conservative policies, but has been implicated in the D.C. Madam case, making him another in a long line of hypocritical conservative politicians ensnared in sex scandals.
The only even marginally successful porn star-turned-politician that I know of is the former Italian parliamentarian Ilona Staller (aka Cicciolina). American porn stars who’ve attempted to enter politics and failed have included the likes of California’s Marey Carey and Nevada’s Mimi Miyagi.
I don’t know whether U.S. is ready for a porn star politician (I suspect not), but to be honest, if I had the choice between Stormy Daniels and David Vitter, I’d give Stormy a chance. I met her a few years ago and found her to be very intelligent, thoughtful and interesting person. I don’t think that having sex on camera should disqualify a person from holding public office, especially in a country where a pro wrestler can be elected governor of a state (I’m talking about you, Jesse Ventura).
What do you think? Would you vote for Stormy? Do you think she’ll even agree to run?