Celebrity breast cancer survivors prove they’re just like us

Breast cancer can strike any woman, from your local hairstylist to a popular celebrity. There are many familiar names who have gone through or are currently experiencing breast cancer. Many celebrities choose to keep their health private, but there are others who are very vocal about their experience and choose to use their condition to raise awareness and show us that we can be affected by the same things.

Check out the experiences of these celebrities who have had the same experience as you!

Wanda Sykes

In 2011, Sykes decided to have breast reduction surgery. It was this surgery that identified her cancer, DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). With a long history of breast cancer in her family, she chose to have a bilateral mastectomy, removing both breasts to prevent any future risk of breast cancer.

Sheryl Raven

The now 60-year-old musician nearly skipped her routine mammogram which diagnosed her with breast cancer at age 44. Crow was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer and she eventually had partial mammactomy in both breasts and underwent radiation. She has since been declared cancer-free and has become an advocate for self-care and prioritizing people’s health.

Christina Applegate

The Dead to Me actress found breast cancer at a very young age, 36 years old. She originally opted for a lumpectomy, but after learning she had the BRCA1 genetic mutation, a gene that has an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, she underwent a double mastectomy and had her ovaries and breasts removed. fallopian tubes.

In Dead to Me, she plays a character who underwent a double mastectomy due to the BRCA1 gene. Not only does it help raise awareness, but it’s also a cathartic way for Applegate to reexamine what he’s been through from a different perspective.

Hoda Kotb

TODAY show host Kotb has been very candid about her experience with breast cancer. After having a mastectomy in 2007, she discussed her issues with the recovery process and learned to love her body again.

Despite her cancer-free body, she has struggled to come to terms with her new body. The scars left by the operation were new to her and she felt embarrassed. It was only when she talked to someone else that she had been through a similar experience that she began to feel comfortable with herself again. Since then she has been very open about her feelings and her experience of making others feel as confident in their new body as some once did for her.

Maggie Smith

The Downton Abbey and Harry Potter actress found a lump in her breast and started chemotherapy while filming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. She was 73 years old at the time. After 2 years of treatment, she was cancer free! Now 87, she is thriving and continuing her acting career.

Olivia Newton-John

Originally diagnosed in 1992 at age 44, the singer and actress has been a vocal advocate for breast cancer awareness. Since her original diagnosis, she underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and breast reconstruction. She went into remission, but the cancer later returned in 2013 in her shoulder. She returned again in 2017 to the base of her spine and died in August of this year.

While her story may not have as happy an ending as others, the work she has done for breast cancer is part of the reason things have evolved today. Someone diagnosed today at age 44 may not face the same risks as Newton-John thanks to how treatment has changed. It’s a good reminder to make sure you get regular mammograms and get routine checkups even after you’ve been declared cancer-free.

Pretty in Pink Boutique

These celebrities have been very brave and have spoken about their battle with breast cancer and the hardships they have gone through. But they didn’t have to go through it alone and neither did you. Pretty in Pink is here to help you and show you that you are not alone.

If you or a loved one is battling breast cancer, know that Pretty In Pink Boutique provides support through it all. If you are looking for a compassionate ear to listen or if you have any questions please contact us. Pretty In Pink Boutique is committed to your well-being throughout the journey and may be able to assist or provide resources to help you or a loved one.

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