This must be the first time that Meghan Markle became tongue-tied in her podcast Archetypes. She was left with no words to express herself as her dear friend Victoria Jackson narrated a horrific tale from 2008. In the ninth episode of her celebrated podcast titled, To B or not to B, the former American actress invited makeup artist and medical advocate Jackson alongside the businesswoman Mellody Hobson.
During the show, Victoria Jackson spoke about the most difficult time of her and her husband Bill Guthy’s life. The couple lost their daughter to a life-threatening disease Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) in 2008. A few months later, to honor their daughter, Jackson and Guthy came up with the idea of the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation. It focuses on carrying out deep research to come up with remedies and therapies that can save the lives of people diagnosed with NMO.
How did Meghan Markle react to the horrific story?
Meghan Markle was speechless after hearing what Victoria had to go through due to the demise of her 13-year-old. She could not form words to comfort her guest. However, the Duchess added a voice note in the podcast to express her sympathy for the comedian.
“Can’t even imagine as a mum hearing that your daughter has four years to live. Her daughter Ali was only 13 at the time of her diagnosis,” Meghan Markle mentioned. The former actress continued to describe the disease that affects the nervous system, causing vision loss, numbness, and paralysis in arms and legs.
Meanwhile, during the podcast, Victoria Jackson elaborated on the horrific times faced by her and her husband. She revealed that it all started with a headache near the eye of her 13-year-old. The American actress was not very attentive to the symptoms, but things became serious when her daughter started losing her eyesight.
Further diagnosis suggested NMO and Jackson described it as the worst nightmare for any parent. Speaking about the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, the comedian added her daughter’s death prompted her to take steps to ensure proper research regarding the disease. Their struggle of ten years paid off, as in 2019, the foundation came across three therapies that could benefit the patients suffering from NMO.
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