It's a Boy!
- Actress Mindy Kaling, 41, shared with Stephen Colbert this week that she had a baby boy on September 3.
- Kaling has spoken about how she wishes her late mother could be there for her on her motherhood journey.
- Her mom, Dr. Swati Chokalingam, passed from pancreatic cancer in 2012.
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#imvotingfor my daughter Kit. I want her to grow up with leaders who think and speak with integrity. Who show that measured and thoughtful responses are not a sign of weakness. I want her to see that her elected leaders can be the children of immigrants, as her mom is. But most importantly, I want her to see a President and Vice President whose capacity for empathy is their greatest quality. @joebiden @kamalaharris Who are you voting for @ramonabishyoung, @leerodriguezz and @richamoorjani? Tag 3 friends of your own to nominate!
In addition to now being a mother of two – Kaling has kept very busy the past two decades, as an actress of The Office, the star and creator of The Mindy Project, the producer of Never Have I Ever, and not to mention the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Why Not Me?
Kaling kept the news of her pregnancy private, given the events of the year. She did not want to publicize such joyous news during such a hard, sad, grief-filled pandemic year.
Grieving Her Mom
The Mindy Project actress knows firsthand the toll that grief can take. Kaling lost her mother, Dr. Swati Chokalingam, to pancreatic cancer in 2012. She has spoken about how she wished her mom were still living so that she could meet her daughter (and now, son).
This year on Mother’s Day, Kaling shared a sweet post of her and her daughter on Instagram, and also honored those who – like her – were missing their moms on that May day. Kaling wrote:
“Sending a little extra love today to all of the moms, and to anyone who may be missing theirs right now. It’s nice how through my daughter, I am able to experience memories with my own mom. If you have a favorite memory about your mom or mother figure, I’d love to hear!”
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Sending a little extra love today to all of the moms, and to anyone who may be missing theirs right now. It’s nice how through my daughter, I am able to experience memories with my own mom. If you have a favorite memory about your mom or mother figure, I’d love to hear! #MothersDay
In her books, Kaling recalls her mom’s incredible work ethic as a gynecologist, and calls her mom “the love my life.” Dr. Chokalingam was a practicing physician for thirty years. When she passed away, her family was at her side. Her family requested donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in lieu of flowers.
Understanding Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer affects the pancreas and can spread to other parts of the body. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the most common type of this cancer is pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Less common are pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs), which is what Apple founder Steve Jobs had, and passed from in 2011.
Pancreatic cancer accounts for approximately 3% of all cancers in the U.S., and it’s slightly more common in men than in women. Risk factors for this cancer, according to the ACS, include:
- Using tobacco
- Being overweight
- Being diabetic
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- Exposure to chemicals (particularly chemicals used in the dry cleaning and metalworking industries)
There is currently no standard diagnostic tool or early detection method for this cancer, says the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN). But researchers all over the world are working to create early detection methods, which can hopefully save the lives of many people to come.