Farrah Fawcett says media attention has made having cancer worse

Apparently there's one thing Farrah Fawcett has really wanted over the last two years or so since she has been undergoing treatment for anal cancer -- her privacy. Unfortunately, she complains that it's the one thing she hasn't gotten. And how does she talk about it? Why, by giving the L.A. Times an interview, of course.

Tbd-farrahfawcett051209 "It's much easier to go through something and deal with it without being under a microscope," the 62-year-old said in an August interview that the paper held until Monday, coincidentally just in time for a two-hour documentary airing Friday on NBC called Farrah's Story. "It was stressful. I was terrified of getting the chemo. It's not pleasant. And the radiation is not pleasant."

Farrah says the supermarket tabloids where the worst, pushing her to catch an employee at the UCLA Medical Center who was leaking info about her condition. She specifically cites a December 2006 story with the headline "Farrah Begs: 'Let Me Die'" in the National Enquirer.

Her real reaction? "God, I would never say something like that," she tells the Times. "To think that people who did look up to me and felt positive because I was going through it too and yet I was strong … it just negated all that."

Fawcett says it was only about four days after her diagnosis that the cancer had returned in May 2007 that the news was in the Enquirer, tipping her off to a UCLA spy. The mole, Lawanda Jackson, was paid $4,600 by the Enquirer for the information and pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy charges, but died in March of breast cancer before sentencing, the paper says.

All the media attention made a bad situation unbearable, Farrah says: "It becomes your life," she said. "People call, 'How are you?' 'How do you feel?' 'We're praying for you.' 'Do you still have your hair?' 'What do you feel like?' When every single call is that kind of call ... it's all you talk about. It's all-consuming. Then, your quality of life is never the same."

[Photo: 2006. Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:35am]

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