Inspirational Women: Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, and Elizabeth Edwards

On the surface, Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate, and Elizabeth Edwards don’t seem to have much in common other than being public figures. But what these well-known women all have in common is that they waged inspirational battles against breast cancer. While their journeys and outcomes were not all the same, their stories all serve to illustrate that cancer doesn’t discriminate by social status, income level, political affiliation, or anything else.

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Sheryl Crow won her battle against breast cancer.

Here is how cancer affected each of these famous women:

Sheryl Crow
Shreyl Crow is a musician, singer, and songwriter. Ironically, Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, soon after splitting from her fiance, Lance Armstrong, who was known for having overcome prostate cancer and going on to win the Tour de France. After undergoing surgery and radiation therapy, Crow was deemed to be breast cancer-free in 2006. However, six years later, it was discovered that Crow had a benign growth in her brain called a meningioma – a type of tumor that breast cancer patients are predisposed to developing. Luckily, the tumor was not in a part of the brain responsible for vitals functions, so removal was not necessary.

Christina Applegate
Actress Christina Applegate’s breast cancer was caught early by an MRI in 2008. While the cancer was confined only to one breast, it was later revealed that Applegate underwent a double mastectomy because she carried the BRCA1 mutation – the same reason Angelina Jolie recently underwent the same procedure. Today, Applegate is cancer-free.

Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards was an attorney, author, health care activist, and the wife of 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards. On the day her husband’s running mate, John Kerry, conceded defeat in the 2004 presidential election, Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer. After treatment and a time of remission, her cancer returned in 2007 and had spread to other parts of her body. Though it was deemed incurable, Edwards underwent treatment for the next three years, during which time it was revealed that her husband had fathered a child with another woman. Edwards separated from her husband after that announcement in January of 2010 and succumbed to breast cancer in December of that year, leaving behind three children.

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