She was a reality TV star whose winning personality and zest for life drew intense interest. And PEOPLE readers were just as inspired by Diem Brown as she bravely battled cancer, finally losing her fierce fight surrounded by the love of friends and family.
Readers, however, showed less appreciation this week for another pair of reality stars who encouraged happily married couples to post kissing photos online, only to remove snaps that came from those who are gay.
Here are the top five stories that drew the strongest responses this week, from wow to LOL. Check them out below, and be sure to let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom.
Readers felt the love for Texas couple Liz and Kevin Krainman, who adopted daughter Sammy as a tiny embryo implanted inside Liz’s uterus and born nine months later. Their chosen path to parenthood is slowly gaining popularity, helping infertile couples like them to experience childbirth – and every sleepless magical moment that follows.
Readers were wowed by the life-changing breast-reduction surgery undertaken by Kerisha Mark, 40, who had endured ridicule, embarrassment and lots of back pain before she went from a “debilitating” size 36N – a result of the condition gigantomastia – to a more comfortable 36DDD.
Deeply religious Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting sparked plenty of anger from readers – and a petition to cancel their show – after they encouraged happily wed couples to post kissing photos on their Facebook page – only to remove those snapshots sent in by same-sex couples.
Diem Brown’s death at 34 drew an outpouring of sadness after the MTV reality show star passed away following a long and courageous battle with cancer, an inspirational journey she had blogged about with candor, humor and grace on PEOPLE.com.
Anna Wintour drew laughs after she admitted that while Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West weren’t perhaps the most “deeply tasteful” choice as subjects, putting them on Vogue magazine’s cover was modern and strategic – the controversy creating important publicity that kept people talking.
Check back again next week for another must-read roundup. Until then, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.