I am writing this 2nd inspirational and motivational article about those who have proven that Cancer can be conquered. I am sure you must have read my 1st article “5 People who’ve proven that cancer can be conquered“.
The spread of cancer, reaching pandemic proportions with millions of new victims every year, has spared no one. Rich and poor, healthy and unhealthy alike are falling victim to cancer. Celebrities are no exception when it comes to battling cancer. And when well-known women manage to beat the disease, it provides hope and strength to others in less fortunate circumstances. The valiant women who have beaten the disease also work with various organizations helping to raise awareness and public resources to fight the disease.
Having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Dame Smith showed extraordinary courage in insisting that the filming for the sixth installment of the Harry Potter franchise. Having undergone surgery to remove a lump in her chest, Dame Smith had chemotherapy and radiation treatment while shooting for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and once said she would “stagger through” the rest of the filming. A former sufferer of Graves’ Disease, Dame Smith had lost her second husband in 1998 and once said that her work helped her deal with her loneliness. That very will to live and work helped Dame Margaret Smith defeat the disease and stand tall as an example to stricken women in the her country, where she is much adored.
In a country where there are three million cancer patients, when the disease strikes a young and beautiful model-actress, the public are hit hard. People like to deify their celebrities in India and when they turn out to be just as fallible, the public tends to take it hard. Lisa Ray’s public battle with cancer, after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009 was a source of great inspiration to both Indian and Canadian sufferers of cancer. Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer of the white blood cells and Ray beat the disease by undergoing stem cell transplant, announcing that she was cancer-free in 2010. Since the disease is incurable, Ray will never totally be free of it, however. During her treatment, Ray was active on social media attempting to raise awareness and also appeared in public with a shaved head. Ray continues to be associated in the fight against cancer.
The Australian singer was hit by breast cancer in 2005, at the peak of her career. Fighting the disease with traditional “showgirl” spirit, Minogue cancelled a tour she was on and underwent surgery to treat the tumor. Her affliction drew vocal support from fans, with media coverage rising to an uncomfortable frenzy at times. President John Howard had issued a statement in support of Minogue. Minogue encourages people to take responsibility for their own bodies, saying she had initially been misdiagnosed but had persisted in getting a correct diagnosis. Her friend, Kathy Lette, revealed that Minogue likened cancer treatment to going up on stage to make it easier for her to cope with the disease. Minogue has remained active in cancer awareness and resistance circles, hosting an awareness camp in 2010. She also celebrated her fifth year of beating the disease by hosting a charity concert to raise money for cancer charities and also to inform public opinion about the disease.
A star of films like Titanic and Misery, as well as the television series Two and a Half Men, Kathy Bates plays resilient and indomitable characters, and in an instance of life imitating art, had to show her spirit in order to beat cancer not once, but twice. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, Bates overcame the hurdle only to announce via Twitter in 2012 that she had undergone double mastectomy after breast cancer had been detected two months ago. Bates said that cancer ran “like a river” through her family and urged people to be cautious, saying that even if the genetic mutation test came up negative, one could never assume that one would be safe. Bates has participated in several Q/As about her disease and in a noted public figure in circles working for cancer awareness.
In a remarkable case of turning misfortune and impediments into a triumph and a public good, Fran Drescher was diagnosed with Stage I Uterine cancer in 2000 after two years of misdiagnosis by eight doctors. Descher decided to undergo a radical hysterectomy and successfully went into remission. Her bold step became a revolutionary action of sorts and led to increased acceptance of the treatment. Drescher also started the non-profit Cancer Smancher organization that sought to defeat the disease by early detection and treatment. The organization provides information and support to fellow victims of the disease. Drescher said once that “collective female voice should be louder than the richest corporate lobbyists” and extends her efforts to the Congress as a prominent healthcare advocate in Washington. She has also written a book of the same name.