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Meanwhile, Martha Stewart's dis of Gwyneth Paltrow's "conscious uncoupling" sparks laughs

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October 18, 2014 11:20 AM

It was a week of deep emotional highs and lows for PEOPLE readers, bringing everything from the joy of a new life celebrated by an A-list Hollywood mom-to-be to the gut-wrenching end-of-life choice of a terminally ill young woman.

Readers also expressed outrage over a well-known TV medical expert who breached an Ebola quarantine.

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.

As if Blake Lively weren’t already appealing enough, readers loved seeing her sweet mom-to-be glow on full display as she shared the thrill of her pregnancy in a first-look photo of her tenderly cradling her growing baby bump.

Readers shared in the shock – and then relief – of parents who were mistakenly told by Juneau, Alaska, police that their 29-year-old son had been killed in a car accident … only to travel to his girlfriend’s home and have him answer the door.

NBC News’s chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, sparked anger after she was exposed to the Ebola virus in Liberia, but violated a voluntary quarantine after her return to the U.S. She later apologized.

Brittany Maynard’s courageous decision to end her life saddened readers as the 29-year-old shared her story of coming to terms with her growing brain cancer and her choice to die with dignity.

Martha Stewart gave readers a chuckle as the lifestyle guru encouraged actress Gwyneth Paltrow – who has her own lifestyle website, goop – to stay in her lane, as Stewart poked fun at Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” remark about her marriage.

Check back again next week for another must-read roundup. Until then, see what readers are reacting to every day by clicking here.

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