As a society we are mesmerized by the lifestyles of the rich and famous and, as evidenced by websites and tabloids that line supermarket checkouts, we want to be in the know when it comes to style icons, role models and, of course, our favorite heartthrobs. But sometimes our innocent curiosity about our favorite celebs can turn into full-throttled admiration and inspiration when "our" celebs do something courageous.
Perhaps the most courageous thing we've admired in the recent past is the struggle of cancer that some celebs have undergone and beaten. Being a successful (and often wealthy) member of the public eye does not exempt one from the big C and the "good life."
Here are just some stars who have beaten cancer:Sheryl Crow
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Crow underwent a lumpectomy to excise the young tumor and also endured radiation treatments. And while she went into remission just months after her diagnosis, in an interview with People
magazine Crow spoke of how profound her experience with cancer was: "We talk about defining moments, but I think nothing can define you. They're all refining moments. You're constantly refining yourself and refining your life."
Diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, Lance Armstrong underwent surgery shortly thereafter, followed by extensive chemotherapy. The whole world watched as Armstrong won his battle against cancer, all the while striving towards seven consecutive Tour de France wins. Armstrong continued to inspire the public worldwide with his book "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life," chronicling his experience with cancer and athletic success.
From favorite 80s pop star to comeback star of the century, Kylie Minogue's career came to a halt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the midst of her 2005 tour. After intensive chemotherapy, surgery and a sabbatical from show business, Minogue emerged cancer free and made a comeback on the radio waves.
Diagnosed with cancer in 2004, Etheridge turned her personal struggle into a way to help other women with breast cancer. Working closely with Hard Rock, she designed a lapel pin whose total proceeds go toward the Susan Love Foundation, which works to find a preventative test for breast cancer.
Robert De Niro
Diagnosed early with prostate cancer in 2003, De Niro credits frequent checkups for his speedy recovery from one of the deadliest cancers. Since 2003 he has resumed a busy career and is cancer-free.
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Story by Theresa Kurzeja
Starpulse contributing writer