“Optimism is the faith that leads to the achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”- Helen Keller
Breast cancer is one of the most widely blazoned awareness, with pink ribbon awareness sprouting everywhere during October- the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This theme is a united effort of women who are not only living and fulfilling lives despite breast cancer, but also supporting their fellow breast-cancer fighters, raising awareness about early detection and encouraging supporters to direct funding to organizations that make it count. It’s always inspiring to get inspired and therefore we have some popular inspiring stories of people who underwent the phase of experiencing death closely and yet emerging as a hero.
She waltzed into our lives ever since she became a part of the glamour biz. She battled multiple myeloma without a trace of self-pity. Her battle helped her shed every shred of self-consciousness. Actor, TV host, model, designer and now author, Lisa Ray advocates crying but never discarded the thought that she would win over cancer. She describes her husband ‘secret weapon”, who launched her into the new phase of life.
It’s that take-charge mentality and desire to help that has made Lee a huge success, whether in her work as an Emmy-winning Food Network star or as a New York Times best-selling author of 25 books. But cancer diagnosis rocked her world in ways she never imagined before. From the very moment she learnt she had breast cancer, she took control and was clear that she wouldn’t negotiate with cancer. She believed in taking a leap and did what she had to do to get rid of ugly disease. I truly believed—and so did her surgeons—in being aggressive with treatment and care so that she could be around for 10 years, 20 years and hopefully way more.
She came out as a hero surviving a lumpectomy plus five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation in her battle with breast cancer. Two-time Grammy Award winner believed positive thinking helped her endure uncomfortable treatments. Committing to her work as usual, Melissa Etheridge let her experience to make over her lifestyle. Once she overcame breast cancer, She wasn’t afraid of anything anymore. She developed a different relationship with fear. Out of two things in our reality, love and fear she tried to make her choices out of love. Her disease didn’t let her stop from belting Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” at the 2005 Grammys. And guess what?? she did it Bald with a selfless, inspiring and honest hope that it might help somebody feel a little better who’s sitting on chemo, lying in bed and thinking, ‘God, I’m bald.’ She also wrote a song dedicated to breast cancer survivors titled I Run for Life and donated all record royalties from the song to breast cancer charities.
“ Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow”- Mary Anne Radmacher