Let these stories of celebrity recovery inspire you through your breast cancer journey.
Like many women, you may feel the urge to give back in the aftermath of your breast cancer diagnosis. There are numerous opportunities to make a difference, either by raising money or awareness. The following are a few of the most inspiring breast cancer survivor stories, and examples of how you can thrive after breast cancer.
One of the first public figures to openly discuss her breast cancer diagnosis, Betty Ford bravely shared her ordeal in Newsweek, not long after her husband became president. This admission came at a time in which most women were reluctant to discuss breast cancer. The ensuing increase in self-examination was referred to as the "Betty Ford blip."
The world was shocked when television host Samantha Harris shared her cancer diagnosis in 2014. Her husband was a huge source of motivation throughout this ordeal; he told her, "When life gives you lemons, you gotta make lemonade." His words inspired the website Gotta Make Lemonade, where visitors can read stories of overcoming adversity and submit their own.
Melissa Etheridge has thrived since being diagnosed with breast cancer. She famously performed with a bald head at the 2005 Grammy Awards and has helped raise awareness by playing at a Breast Cancer Research Foundation benefit in 2009.
Although she has yet to be diagnosed with breast cancer, Angelina Jolie has been highlighted as an at-risk patient. She made headlines with a New York Times op-ed in which she announced her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy, and encouraged others in her position to do the same.
Cynthia Nixon boasts an incredibly inspiring breast cancer survivor story. At the time of diagnosis, she had no intention of going public with her battle; she scheduled treatment so that she would never have to miss the play she was performing in at the time. Following a successful treatment regimen, she became the official ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Kylie Minogue's public announcement of cancer and frank discussion of her ordeal inspired may women to pursue necessary screening. Anglis Ruskin University later awarded her an honorary Doctor of Health Science degree in recognition of her efforts to raise breast cancer awareness.
Actress Christina Applegate knew a great deal about breast cancer at the time of diagnosis, as her mother had also suffered through the disease. She eventually founded rightactionforwomen.org in hopes of funding screenings and educating women about the meaning of "high risk."
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