Betty Ford

July 9, 2011 by staff 

Betty FordBetty Ford, Betty Ford, the outspoken lady U.S. whose first candid revelations about her battle with breast cancer and drug abuse and alcohol helped stimulate awareness of the issues that few Americans had openly discussed before, died yesterday. He was 93 and lived in Rancho Mirage, California.

Ford “was distinguished by her courage and compassion,” said President Barack Obama in a statement. She was “a powerful advocate for women’s health and rights of women” who also “helped reduce the social stigma surrounding alcoholism and inspired thousands to seek much needed treatment,” said Obama.

No details of Ford’s death were immediately available. Her husband, Gerald Ford, U.S. president from August 1974 to January 1977, died in 2006 at age 93.

A former dancer and fashion model, Betty Ford in 1974 shocked the nation when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and openly discussed her mastectomy. Eight years later, after revealing an addiction to pills and alcohol, which he co-founded the Betty Ford Center, one of the first facilities for chemical dependency treatment aimed specifically at women.

His decision to speak publicly of her cancer prompted thousands of women to call their doctors to schedule mammograms and learn about breast self-examination. In the week after surgery, 27 clinics reported a period of four to 10 times higher in cancer prevention research, according to the American Cancer Society.

“The patterns and purposes” I think we are all here to help each other and our individual lives and purposes have patterns, “Ford said in a speech in 1975 at the cancer society.” My illness turned out to be a very special purpose – help save other lives – and I’m grateful for what he could do. ”

Ford’s legacy “will live in people across the country whose lives are longer and better because of their work,” said former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in a statement.

Time magazine in 2009 were Ford on a list of “Top 10 First Ladies of colors”, indicating its willingness to discuss sex and its affinity for dancing in the halls of the White House. In the last full day of her husband in office, met the desire to dance on the table in the Cabinet Room, a moment captured by the White House photographer David Hume Kennerly.

“Sincerity brave” In a statement last night, former President Jimmy Carter, who defeated Gerald Ford in the 1976 elections, praised the “brave sincerity,” Betty Ford, who said he “helped forge a new era opening “in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon. Gerald Ford, who assumed the presidency of Nixon, vice president in 1973, became president after Nixon resigned in disgrace.

“Betty Ford helped restore the public’s faith in the presidency as an institution by creating an environment of honesty,” said Edith Mayo, who created an exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution called “First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image”

Ford co-founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage in 1982 with her old friend Leonard Firestone, who served as U.S. ambassador in Belgium under Nixon and Ford. The center reserves 50 percent of its space for women.

The facility near Palm Springs Scenic has treated over 90,000 patients, including celebrities like Kelsey Grammar and Elizabeth Taylor.

In 2006, Ford established the Betty Ford Institute, which operates independently of the treatment facility to translate scientific discoveries into practice more effective research, educate health professionals about addiction, and advocate for better access to addiction treatment and prevention.

‘Contemporary and realistic “” Betty Ford played the role of first lady a contemporary and realistic position, “said historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony, who has written two books about the U.S. presidential wives.” She humanizes “.

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