Thursday, October 4, 2012

Celebrity Breast Cancer Survivors

If you havent already noticed the Pink Ribbons, and Fun games via Facebook, Than you are probably unaware that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month....

I personally know of at least 2 women who are survivors and I #Salute Them and All the Strong Men and Women in the World on their Fight....

Ruby Dee: While this venerable actress ("Roots," "American Gangster") has not disclosed the details of her cancer diagnosis, she has been successfully fighting the disease since the 1980s.

Wanda Sykes: As a comedian, Wanda Sykes is rarely serious. But in the fall of 2011 Sykes shared the hard truth that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. After weighing her options, Sykes chose to have a double mastectomy to improve her odds of beating cancer. She is now cancer-free, but uses her voice and first-hand experience with cancer to bring awareness to the issue, and has participated in several cancer walks.

Giuliana Rancic:  In the fall of 2011, she was undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments when her doctor discovered that she had early-stage breast cancer. After having a lumpectomy and radiation, Rancic made the decision to have a double mastectomy in December 2011. Giuliana explained her difficult personal choice to "My breasts have never defined me -- and now they never will." 

Christina Applegate: In 2008, she underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. (Applegate's mother, actress Nancy Priddy, is also a breast cancer survivor.) She's now cancer-free,

Sheryl Crow: Only three weeks after breaking up with fiancee Lance Armstrong, who himself battled cancer while in the public eye, this singer-songwriter was diagnosed as having breast cancer. She underwent surgery and radiation in February 2006 and has been cancer-free ever since

Robin Roberts: Coincidentally, it was on the day Roberts and her "Good Morning America" colleagues were filming a farewell episode to Joel Siegel -- the program's film critic, who died of colon cancer – when she noticed a lump in her breast. She had the lump removed and returned to the news desk less than a month later. Roberts completed her cancer treatment in 2008. However, in early 2012, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. She took leave from her "GMA" desk in August to receive a bone marrow transplant, the same week that her mother passed away
Betsey Johnson: Perhaps best known for bright colors and acrobatic antics at her runway shows, designer Johnson underwent a lumpectomy and subsequent radiation treatment following a breast cancer diagnosis in 2002. She has since designed items and coordinated fashion events in an effort to raise money for cancer research
Richard Roundtree: Breast cancer is not a disease that affects only women. Approximately 1 percent of breast cancer victims are men, and among the guys who have dealt with the disease is Richard Roundtree, best known for his titular role in "Shaft." Roundtree successfully battled breast cancer in 1993 and has since spoken of his experience with the disease and the need to disassociate it from the stigma men may feel it has

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