Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Celebrities Who Fought Cancer With Courage till 2017. When one thinks of cancer, he or she usually thinks things such as “fatal,” or “death sentence.” Although cancer has in fact carried off some of our greatest names in media, there are survival stories, too. Thus what this post aims to do is to create a balance by sharing the stories of those who, unfortunately, did not survive the disease, in conjunction with those who, in fact, did live to share their stories. Indeed, what the health crises of these celebrities have shown is that cancer is no respecter of persons.
List of Top 10 Celebrities Who Fought Cancer With Courage till 2017
10. Tammy Faye Messner
You knew her as the wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker. She was Tammy Faye Messner. She fought cancer with an unbelievable grace. She even chose to have a reality show that chronicled her fight. As CBS News.com reports, she lived for years after her diagnosis. Her body finally yielded to the disease on July 20, 2007, at the age of 65.
9. Dana Reeve
The widow of the late Superman actor Christopher Reeve, Dana Reeve, had her own bout with illness. For her, it was lung cancer that was inoperable. She died on March 6, 2006, 2006 at just 44. The sad thing is that lung cancer struck, even though she had never smoked a day in her life. Was part of it the grueling pressure of caring for her quadriplegic husband? We will never know.
8. Lou Rawls
The hits just kept on coming. “Love is a Hurting Thing” (1966), “Natural Man” (1971) and “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” (1976) are all hits played on the radio until this day, by singer Lou Rawls. The 71-year-old, known for his deep, sexy baritone voice, died January 6, 2006, succumbing to lung cancer. Although best known as a singer, he was also a successful film and TV actor, who served as backup singer to his late friend, singer Sam Cooke.
7. Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong, unfortunately, is known for the not so good things he has done. However, he has fought cancer, which started out in his testicles, spreading to his lungs and brain. Usually people with his diagnosis don’t have a chance. He successfully fought and won his bout, however, and is an inspiration to many cancer sufferers today. He has said that his experience has made him “appreciate life in a whole new way.” He is also concerned, according to CBS News, that the disease “still affects far too many people, and we must continue to work to change that.” He is one of the Top 10 Celebrities Who Fought Cancer With Courage 2017.
6. John Wayne
John Wayne, known as the tough, cowboy star of westerns, survived an earlier fight with lung cancer. After it showed up again in his stomach, it was too much for him. He died at 72 years old on June 11, 1979. He passed away at UCLA Medical Center.
5. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs, who was known as the founder of Microsoft, had fought pancreatic cancer for 20 years. In 1975, when his cancer journey first started, pancreatic cancer’s prognosis was very poor, and remains so today mostly because it stays under the radar. By the time there are symptoms, it’s all too often too late.It usually kills 3 to 6 months after initial diagnosis. He had no chemo or radiation at all. He was 56 when he died on October 5, 2011.
4. Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate, 44, best known for the spoiled sister of Amy Green, named Rachel, on “Friends,” is also a cancer survivor. She underwent a double mastectomy in 2008. It was detected relatively early, so she decided, with her mother already having gone through it, to have both breasts removed.
3. Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue, now 48, is an Australian singer best known in the late ’80s for her remake of the Little Eva Boyd song, “Locomotion.” She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She was on a concert tour. After her treatment was over, she made a comeback. Having fought this disease with courage, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Health Science.
2. Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon, who is now 50 years of age, is best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in “Sex and the City.” In 2006 she was diagnosed as having breast cancer, the result of a routine mammogram. She is living proof that mammograms are invaluable for detecting this kind of cancer–early. In 2008 she went public about her experience. She is now ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a non-profit that got its name for a woman who suffered from cancer, and didn’t survive.
1. Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts, age 56, best known as the anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” is number one on this list for her urging of people to be their own advocate. She found her own lump in a self examination. She trusted her own gut instinct that something was amiss inside of her body. She underwent a lumpectomy and partial mastectomy, and also had some lymph nodes removed. Her treatment ended in 2008, and she has been cured since then. She is an advocate of self-examination, of being your own advocate, until this day.
These are the Top 10 Celebrities Who Fought Cancer With Courage till 2017. These people are included here for their bravery for fighting a very complex, fatal disease, namely cancer. Most of them suffered from different forms of the disease, and those who suffered from the same form of the disease had different results. Some of them died, and some survived. But they fought the disease with a remarkable amount of courage, and many–like Tammy Faye Messner–publicized their fight against this killer.
The stories, especially of the survivors, such as Robin Roberts–give us all hope that if we are ever diagnosed with this troubling disease–we too can survive it. This is not a disease to be trifled with. It is a very serious matter, and demands that you follow your doctor’s treatment plan, but also that you have a post-treatment plan in place. Robin Roberts’ plan is not to eat red meat anymore, or at least not make it a habit. Yours may be quite different. But if you’re lucky enough to survive–come up with one of your own. the one you think gives you the best chance of beating the odds. Seek the advice of your oncologist, however.