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"[My mom] did not want to be remembered in that way." She then took "control of the situation," adding, "I told my dad he had to deal with his feelings and I was happy to show up for my mom and my family in that way." In the end, Rita, who was described as "informal, modest and lighthearted," succumbed to cancer after a more than 16-year battle, "surrounded by her children and husband, who held her dearly throughout her final weeks and moments," the in an open letter that she has dealt with anxiety ever since she was a little girl.
She shared that if she doesn't finish reading a book within a "reasonable amount of time," or if she doesn't push herself to be healthy and exercise, the anxiety can creep up on her. Sometimes it's just in my head and feels overwhelming, as if I've agreed to do too much," she wrote.
"I don't ever look back and think, God, I wish I'd had that baby," she shared.
At the age of 42, Chelsea Handler sought out treatment to help her come to terms with her brother's death.
I did a lot of drugs in high school," she told , the comedienne said that, at the age of 16, she went through a "very bad stage" in life, adding, "I hated my parents and I was having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, who was not someone I should've been having sex with in the first place, never mind unprotected sex." When she wound up getting pregnant, she thought she would have the child. "[My parents] acted like parents for one of the very first times in my life and took me to Planned Parenthood," she wrote.
After terminating the pregnancy, she described feeling "relieved." Nevertheless, Handler got pregnant by the same guy for a second time that same year, which she admits was "irresponsible." "I didn't have the money the second time.
According to her memoir, ), before her parents had gotten married, her dad fathered a child with another woman.While her family mourned, Handler, who was the youngest child, was disregarded.Her older siblings would say, "Don't even worry about her."He told me he'd come back, and he said he'd never leave me with these people, referring to my parents …and he was just going hiking and that I would always have him, and he never came back," the television personality told magazine.