Woman Gets Jail Time for Faking Cancer

Plus, "barefoot sneakers" and how to be rude without even trying

This week on the iVillage boards, women are talking about whether a woman should serve time for pretending to have cancer. In Tennessee, 39-year-old Keele Maynor was sentenced to 42 months in prison for faking breast cancer. For five years she pretended she was sick, going so far as to shave her head to make it look like she was getting chemotherapy. Maynor accepted donations of money, cancer patient support services from those who believed her and paid sick leave from her job. She will be eligible for parole after 14 months, but will be on probation for 10 years. She will also have to pay $54,000 in restitution.

Women on the Cancer: Friends & Family Support board had no qualms seeing Maynor, a victim of child abuse, go to prison. “She should be required to volunteer at an oncology ward,” writes manoangeliukai. “Seeing real cancer patients undergoing their therapies could be a wake-up call to someone as sick as this woman.”

“The part that disturbs me is that she is a mother. Did she tell her children she had cancer, or did she get them in on the lie? Either way, how emotionally scarring to them,” says jenn110303.

What’s your take? Did Keele Maynor get what she deserved for feigning cancer? Chime in below!

Speaking of heartless actions, lausanne2002 on the Self-Esteem Support boards wants to know what’s with all the random acts of unkindness lately. Strangers will barrel right into her and never apologize or even acknowledge that they’ve bumped into her. The worst part: She can’t help but take it personally. Is the world becoming less civil, or did someone hang a “kick me” sign on her back, she asks.

“I think [for most people] it's easier to be rude,” says cl-happy.pants. And to an extent, I agree. Lately, I’ve been on a mean streak. But today, when someone asked me for directions, I resisted the urge to blow her off and stopped to help. While it did take a few minutes of my time, that one little gesture made me feel so much better about my day. So while it might have been easier to roll my eyes and keep walking, helping her took up far less emotional energy than blowing her off would have.

Are your manners the first to go when you’re in a bad mood? Tell us about it.

On a lighter note, people on the Getting Fit in Your 20s board were debating whether they would ever try the Vibram FiveFinger shoes, which are meant to mimic barefoot running -- but with added protection. For those who have never seen them, they look like gloves for your feet. Cmkarla spotted them on her neighbor at the gym and couldn’t help but wonder who would wear such odd-looking shoes. Indeed, they give off the appearance of having, as cmamyd notes, “gorilla feet.” Still, the Vibrams have a growing following. Why? The theory is that today’s sneaker changes the way we run and has actually altered our biomechanics (or gait), making us more susceptible to injury. Vibrams and other “barefoot running technology,” as they’re called, are supposed to be a return to how nature intended us to run. That’s the claim anyway. Right now, there isn’t enough scientific research to say whether they’ll actually defend against injuries.

Though no one on the boards seemed particularly interested in taking them out for a run, many were intrigued by how useful the grippy rubber shoes might be on hikes. “I wear sneakers when hiking and I find them just as cumbersome and inflexible as boots. [The Vibrams] look like they'd allow more balance when maneuvering over rocks,” says ladybookworm.

Agreed, says cl-mollmae. “I wish I had these when we were hiking in Zion National Park. The water was cold and there were lots of slippery rocks.”

Still, the whole point of wearing them is to feel like you’re walking barefoot. How comfortable can they be on uneven or jagged surfaces, wonders cl-shebeest.

Would you wear, or have you worn, the glove-like shoes? Tell us about it.

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