Endless research

Today is the First Day of Autumn, and I’m still in  beautiful New England.  Another day, another endless day of research for an upcoming appointment with the Medical Oncologist….

So while I’m doing research and reading studies and the news, I stumble upon a news clip that announces that comedian Wanda Sykes had a bi-lateral mastectomy for cancer.  That got me a bit curious,..so a little more digging and I pulled together this short list of some others.

The thing that came blaring out to my awareness, was that breast cancer does not discriminate…..of all the things that knows no boundaries, religions, ethnicity, age, even sex, it would have to be breast cancer.  Gay/straight, Rich/poor, Celebrity or not, it does not discriminate.

Curious which celebrities have battled Breast Cancer (some remain very active advocates of a cure)?  Here’s a partial list:

  • Wanda sykes
  • Edie falco (Sopranos)
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Kate Jackson  (Charlie’s angel)
  • Jaclyn Smith (Charlie’s angel)
  • Rue McClanahan (Golden girl)
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Betsey Johnson (Fashion designer)
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Elizabeth Edwards, (deceased wife of  VP candidate John Edwards – I won’t even begin to comment on him)
  • Nancy Reagan
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • Betty Ford
  • Suzanne Somers
  • Christina Applegate
  • Robin Roberts
  • Cynthia Nixon (Sex & the city girl)
  • Lynn Redgrave
  • Carly Simon
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (Supreme court justice)
  • Peggy Fleming

I almost posted this under ‘wisdom’…  for the sheer  irony of it.  Disease is the one thing that does not discriminate… people  do.  So it makes one wonder if something ‘good’ can be gleaned from this horrendous disease;  if we can offer love & kindness to all life indiscriminately vs. the ‘I got mine’ mentality that is becoming so ugly and pervasive… if we can only take some good from the bad, perhaps then, the bad will have brought forward some good into the world, and the suffering will not be in vain.

My mind cannot believe that there should not be a purpose… “to everything, there is a season”.  And I steadfastly believe that this is not ‘punishment’ – it is a part of life – just like any living organism whose genetic makeup allows for the invasion of a mutation of cells based on its environmental factors.

As advanced as technology and technique have evolved from the days of blood letting, it is still barbaric and damaging, both physically and emotionally to most survivors.  A cure is still needed.  Easier, less invasive treatments are needed.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month….  1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.


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