Friday, October 26, 2012

Celeb Moms Stand Proud for Nat'l Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are adding more celebrity moms to our list of inspiring breast cancer survivors! These women bravely stepped forward to tell their stories, both supporting and motivating other women who are currently fighting against breast cancer or have beat the disease. 

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Olivia Newton-John makes our list of breast cancer survivors, but that is not all she has accomplished during her lifetime. The English-born Australian singer and actress is a four-time Grammy award winner with five number one and ten other songs on the Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two number one Billboard 200 solo albums. Six of her fourteen albums, ranging from pop to country, are platinum or double platinum- not to mention, she did co-star alongside John Travolta in the hit "Grease". All of these accomplishments are impressive, but her two most impressive accomplishments are her role as a mother (she has one daughter, Chloe), and surviving the battle that 12.4% of women fight during their lifetime- breast cancer. Olivia had always been an avid animal rights activist and activist for environmental issues, but she added breast cancer awareness to her list after being diagnosed in 1992. 

Actress and mother of one Suzanne Somers has received both support and criticism for her views on medicine, but her opinions were put to the test when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She sparked controversy when she opted for alternative treatment rather than chemotherapy. In 2009 she wrote "Knockout", a book that explores alternative treatments over what typically may be offered in a doctor's office. Despite much controversy, her decision to receive a lumpectomy and radiation therapy was successful in ridding her of breast cancer.

Pop star and mother of two, Anastacia, went in to receive breast reduction surgery at age 29. Her doctor insisted that she have a mammogram before going into the surgery, which was when it was discovered that she had breast cancer. She immediately underwent surgery to remove the cancer and after was declared cancer-free. When asked what she learned from the experience she stressed the importance of getting mammograms early and often.

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American singer and children's author, Carly Simon, is known for not just her 13 Top 40 hits, including "You're So Vain", and her induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but also for her extensive battle with breast cancer. In 1997 her world turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the support of her two children, Sarah and Ben, she underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and reconstructive surgery from 1997 to 1998. When asked about her cancer she says she was angry with herself for not dealing with it earlier, but was thankful for her survival

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