Thursday, October 18, 2012

Celebs Christina Applegate, Cynthia Nixon, Sheryl Crow Speak Out on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 2011, more then 2.6 million women fought and won the battle against breast cancer and ONCEKids is joining the fight by spreading awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

To inspire hope in those women currently battling the disease that affects 12.4% of women during their lifetime, three celebrity mothers came forward and bravely told their story of struggles and triumphs while battling breast cancer.

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Christina Applegate, actress and mother of daughter Sadie, has been making people laugh for 20 years with shows like her hit sitcom "Married With Kids", but in April of 2008 people were shocked with the revelation that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Christina had kept her disease a secret for some time, but explained that after a while it became to hard to stay silent. Since then, she has used her story as means of spreading awareness to young women at risk. Christina says since she was vigilant about getting regular mammograms, being the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, but she was forced to make a life alternating decision after the test for the BRCA gene, also called the "breast cancer" gene, had come back positive.

After being given the choice of receiving radiation treatments and testing for the rest or her life or have both breasts removed, she chose to have a bilateral mastectomy. When talking about her decision to remove her breasts she says, "It came on really fast. It was one of those things that I woke up and it felt so right. It just seemed like 'I don't want to have to deal with this again. I don't want to keep putting that stuff in my body. I just want to be done with this.' and I was just going to let them go." In July of 2008, Christina underwent the surgery, which left physical and emotional scars, but she says she has continued to stay strong and remains proud of her decision. 

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Mother and actress Cynthia Nixon also successfully battled breast cancer. She was diagnosed during a routine breast examine in 2006 but kept quiet through the fight. She did not go public with it until 2008, explaining that she didn't want the papparazzi taking pictures of her at the hospital. Although she kept it a secret from the press, she says she made a point of being very open with her family about it. Since coming public about her cancer, she has become the official spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Cynthia's goal has become to create awareness about risks and stress the importance of getting annual mammograms and check ups. She strongly believes that the "only thing we have to fear is fear itself." 

Sheryl Crow has been an advocate for many causes during her fame, including finding a cure for breast cancer. The 50-year-old mother of 2 year-old Wyatt increased her support for breast cancer awareness after her own diagnosis in 2006. She answered questions readers of Health magazine submitted on staying healthy and cancer-free and talks openly about the life-style changes she made after her diagnosis. In 2007 she moved to a farm outside of Nashville with her son, saying she wanted to live a less stressful life.

She stresses the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and getting regular mammograms. After a minimally invasive surgery in February 2006 followed by radiation therapy, Sheryl was able to overcome the disease. In 2010 she added to her family by adopting son Levi James Crow.

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