Dr Oz: In Love & Facing Brain Cancer + Shine A Light Challenge

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Dr Oz: True Love Facing Brain Cancer

Dr Oz shared the story of Mary and Angelo, making a point to say that not even brain cancer could serve as a match for their love. Mary and Angelo met when they were 15 years old after working at the same restaurant. They married young, facing a lot of early challenges. They were 19 when they got married and the demands of being 22 years old with two kids took a toll on them. Their marriage collapsed under the weight and the time apart gave them time to grow up. They ended up getting married again and got pregnant with child number three.

Dr Oz: In Love & Facing Brain Cancer + Shine A Light Challenge

Dr Oz talked to a couple who is madly in love but facing rare, incurable brain cancer. (Sebastian Kaulitzki / Shutterstock.com)

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In August 2013, Angelo was acting differently, complaining of a massive headache, having trouble with words, and forgetting a lot of things. He got an MRI and found that Angelo had a rare form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforme (GM). The doctor said it was an aggressive tumor and he needed surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. They knew the prognosis wasn’t great and to treat it, it’s to prolong life not to cure it.

Mary said Angelo is not the same person he was a year and a half ago, and they want to make people more aware of GM. They’ve vowed to make the most of every minute Angelo has left. Mary shared that they often ask “why us?” but they’re determined to fight through it. She wants to make every day a celebration.

Dr Oz: Shine A Light Challenge

Mary shared with Angelo that she loves him and will love him forever, and they’re going to fight through it together. Dr Oz wanted to Shine a Light on love, so he challenged everyone to take a light bulb, hold it over their head, and take a selfie. He said he got a lot of people together who had touched their lives, and had them take the selfies for Mary and Angelo.

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He said to take the selfie, tag three friends, and hashtag it #ShineALightChallenge to show the love you have for the people in your life. He said sometimes we forget about those that we truly love and care about.

Dr Oz: Bacteria Exchanged While Kissing

Before the end of the show, because it’s cold and flu season, Dr Oz wanted to give his viewers a little quiz. He asked: kissing for 10 seconds is long enough to transfer how much bacteria between mouths? 80, 80,000, or 80,000,000? The answer was 80,000,000! The good news is that the bacteria may actually be good for you because kissing could boost your immune system.

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