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Sarah Chalke To Star in Lifetime's 'Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy'

July 20th, 2006 10:44am EDT
Sarah ChalkeSarah Chalke and Jay Harrington will star in the Lifetime Original Movie “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,” based on the delightfully feisty memoir of the same name by Geralyn Lucas, breast cancer survivor and Lifetime’s Director of Corporate Communications who works on the network’s breast cancer awareness campaign.

The movie includes a special cameo appearance by superstar Patti LaBelle as a fellow cancer patient. “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” will premiere in October on Lifetime Television during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” is the gutsy, touching and often irreverent drama that pulls away the hospital curtain to tell the story of a 27-year-old woman diagnosed with breast cancer whose long-lasting matte red lipstick she applies before her mastectomy surgery becomes a metaphor for her to become the confident and sexy woman she always wanted to be.

Before turning 30 years-old, Geralyn (Chalke) has finished journalism school, landed her dream job at a network television news magazine and married a handsome young doctor (Harrington). Practically overnight, however, she must transform from “it” girl to cancer patient, when she receives her shocking diagnosis. Her unconventional journey to survivorship includes a visit to a strip club to ponder what it will mean to have a mastectomy and arduous medical treatments, while managing the fear and expectations of her husband, family, friends and colleagues, who desperately want to support her, but do not always know how.

Although funny and cancer are rarely used in the same sentence, because of Geralyn’s candor and wit, laughter is not off-limits, even as she worries about her appeal as a woman and a wife, her ability to become a mother and her fear of dying.

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