Many who are suffering with cancer as well as many who love someone who is suffering with cancer take heart from the many survivors who have walked the path and came out the other end okay. Here is a look at some famous survivors of cancer.
Olivia Newton-John is perhaps one of the most well known survivors of breast cancer because she took it upon herself to speak up about her journey and truly be an activist for other survivors. Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 when she was only in her early forties and had a very young daughter, Chloe. Also, Olivia had just been through the tragic death of her goddaughter to a rare form of cancer so the disease had already hit home.
However, Olivia was determined to make it, and she tried everything she could from chemotherapy to a variety of treatments to compliment the things her medical doctors did for her. Amazingly enough, as she was recovering from cancer, she wrote an extremely positive album called ‘Gaia: One Woman’s Journey.” In my opinion, “Gaia: One Woman’s Journey” is her masterpiece album. It featured such songs as ‘Not Gonna Give Into It” which was written after a chemotherapy treatment. Olivia has thrived ever since.
When television icon Diahann Carroll received her breast cancer diagnosis, she was also determined to fight the illness. She also set out to demystify it and take some of the fear out of it for the public at large so she had a camera with her in the hospital and aired her journey on television.
Scott Hamilton, the face of ice skating to millions of Americans, is a survivor of testicular cancer. He has survived and thrived. He went on to ice skate beautifully again after his treatment, and he also founded The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative to raise funds for the research into cures for cancer and also to raise awareness.
Other celebrity cancer survivors include superstars Carly Simon, Suzanne Somers, Sheryl Crow, Lance Armstrong, Melissa Etheridge, and Christina Applegate.