Singer Sheryl Crow, who is celebrating 10 years since she won a battle with cancer, says her diagnosis was a “game changer”.
Crow, who has sons Wyatt, 9, and Levi, 6, said the diagnosis helped her to see what was really important, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
She said: “My diagnosis was a real game changer. At that point, I was 44, and I was the picture of great health.
“I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Yeah, these things help you redefine your life’, but for me, I really refined my life. I began to really hack away at the things that were not important anymore and the things that were energy sucking. I learned how to say no.”
Speaking at the BlogHer conference here, she further said: “I think that (talking about cancer) takes the fear out of it. I mean, it is a scary thing, but one of the problems we have with breast cancer in general is getting women to go and get a mammography.
“A lot of us who are moms are too busy, or we don’t really want to know. I think a lot of women really kind of don’t want to know. In some instances, we’re poorly insured or uninsured. And until we find a cure, early detection is our cure. The statistic of the cure rate at five years is 100 per cent if it’s detected early.”
She said that she loves women who are coming out and saying that “This is what I’ve done. I’ve been proactive and I’m celebrating my life. It’s just really hard to imagine that 30 years ago, no one had spoken about having breast cancer until Betty Ford”.
“When she came out and announced (she had it), it was very taboo and shocking. And now we can talk about it and it’s a part of our everyday life. Knowledge is power.”