God Bless Ballistic Vests

Meet Meridian, Idaho police officer Erin Bustos. Erin was working hard keeping the streets safe when she noticed pain in her breast when she wore her ballistic vest. The pain may have saved her life.

In Idaho, Meridian Police Officer Erin Bustos was diagnosed with Stage 2 Grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma on March 5, 2021, shortly before her 30th birthday. That diagnosis came after Bustos sought answers for the consistent pain in her right breast while wearing her department-issued bulletproof vest.

Her diagnosis, already unexpected, was even more shocking considering Bustos is an otherwise healthy young adult with no previous history of breast cancer in her family.

I keep thinking about the irony of her last name: Bustos.

Before embarking on a series of chemotherapy treatments, Bustos was given more life-changing news. If she wished to start a family of her own, she would need to be cleared and start in-vitro fertilization immediately. By the end of her cycle, she and her husband had a record amount of embryos at their fertility clinic, writing in a Facebook post they had 33 viable embryos out of 48 eggs.

The good news is Bustos is likely to recover, and eventually be able to start a family. I cannot imagine what would have happened if she ignored the pain.

Kelly Preston, 1962-2020

Actress Kelly Preston has passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. She was only 57.

I always thought Preston was a great actress, and she was absolutely gorgeous in the 1985 comedy “Mischief.”

Actress Kelly Preston, who starred in movies such as “Jerry Maguire” and “Twins,” died on Sunday, her husband, John Travolta, said.

Travolta confirmed Preston’s death on Instagram and said it followed a two-year battle with breast cancer.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta wrote on Instagram Sunday. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. ”

Preston was born on October 13, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She studied acting at the University of Southern California before starring in the romantic comedy film “Mischief,” her first major movie role. She went on to star in such hit films as 1988’s “Twins,” 1996’s “Jerry Maguire,” and 1999’s “For Love of the Game,” alongside Kevin Costner.

Everyone here knows me disdain for all things Hollywood, but everything I ever read about Preston was rather glowing. Honestly, no one should die at 57. F**k cancer.