Friends, I am sad to report that this may serve as a lesson:
When anything or anyone makes themselves the center of heart rending/heart warming inspirational narrative and just happens to be selling a book
and or promising to fund a charity, look at its actual business model
before donating a penny.
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An Australian "wellness" blogger who built a successful business on claims she survived terminal cancer has admitted she never had the disease.
"None of it's true", Belle Gibson told Australia's Women's Weekly magazine in an interview.
Ms Gibson chronicled her battle with cancer on a blog, The Whole Pantry, which spawned an app and recipe book
But doubts about her claims surfaced after she failed to deliver a promised $300,000 donation to charity.
"I am still jumping between what I think I know and what is reality," Ms Gibson said in the interview, her first since the story was called into question.
"I have lived it and I'm not really there yet," she said.
'I don't want forgiveness'
Ms Gibson rose to prominence in 2013 after claiming she was treating her malignant brain cancer with whole foods and alternative therapies.
She went on to build a huge following on social media for her recipes and so-called "wellness" tips.
But when pressed to show medical records to back up her story, she refused.
"I don't want forgiveness," Ms Gibson told Woman's Weekly, adding that she was speaking out because it was "the responsible thing to do".
"Above anything, I would like people to say, 'Okay, she's human.'"
The reasons for her actions remain largely unexplained - she gave few details about why she lied so publicly, apart from referring to a "troubled" childhood.
Ahead of the interview's publication on Thursday, the magazine said the blogger had "cried easily and muddled her words" whenever challenged.
"She says she is passionate about avoiding gluten, dairy and coffee, but doesn't really understand how cancer works," it said.
Ms Gibson's partner, Clive Rothwell, did not know about her deception, according to Australia's News Ltd, which appeared to have obtained the full interview ahead of publication.
She said he was "supportive, but obviously very devastated", according to the site.
An especially detailed article from the Daily Mail: Belle is described as
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This is not to say don't help each other out.
But don't act on impulse.
Fact check. Especially inspirational stories centered on one personality.
Check and see if there is a business model underneath the drama of it all.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/24/2015 11:13PM by corboy.