After her diagnosis in 2006, Sheryl Crow surrounded herself with positive, uplifting people.
“I think encouragement always goes a long way. It is so scary but having the positive support of loved ones is invaluable.”
Doctors diagnosed Kylie Minogue in 2005. She had surgery to remove the lump, followed by chemotherapy.
“It’s amazing how many people are affected by cancer and it’s definitely something that stays with you and you have a lot to think about and your life changes.”
Cynthia Nixon understands the reason many women avoid mammograms: The results could be terrifying.
“The only thing to really be afraid of is if you don’t go get your mammograms, because there’s some part of you that doesn’t want to know, and that’s the thing that’s going to trip you up. That’s the thing that could have a really bad endgame.”
After her diagnosis in 2002, designer Betsey Johnson tried to deal with the realities of the disease matter-of-factly, instead of obsessively.
“I’m not the type of person who dwells too much on bad things. I guess the only thing I’ve done differently is loosened up the reigns on my company and now I’m enjoying life more.”
For actress Christina Applegate, there was only one effective way to deal with her fear over her cancer treatment:
Let it all out.
“Sometimes, you know, I cry and sometimes I scream. And I get really angry. And I get really upset, you, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. And I think that’s all part of the healing.”
These women as well as every cancer victim in the world can’t be celebrated enough. They just add to the title of everyday warrior women and are proof that as warrior women, we need to take care of ourselves and we need to help other fellow warriors look out for themselves too.
It can be little things like liking a facebook page or sharing a youtube video or it can be major, like leading by example and getting a mammogram for yourself!
So, if you would like to help spread awareness about breast cancer, you can start right here and right now- Bras for a Cause Middle East is launching their Bra and T-shirt design contest today. It combines fashion, design and creativity with awareness, and I think it is a spectacular cause.
The contest is open to all fashion designers, illustrators, graphic designers, artists, students and anyone with amazing design talent and this Breast Cancer Campaign aims to get everyone involved while raising awareness and helping Breast Cancer survivors feel good about themselves.
(They’re also still looking for a few more bloggers from Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Syria and Jordan to be online ambassadors so drop them an email if you’re interested.)
And if you also want to lead by example, here’s a little information for you:
Doctors advise that women aged 35 and above or who have a history of breast cancer in their family should have a mammogram every year. Normally this check-up can cost between Dh400 and Dh750, depending on whether an ultrasound is also needed. With an ultrasound, the tests cost can rise to almost Dh1,000.
You can find a list of places that offer mammograms here.
Have a great weekend,