Cancer Diary: Beating Breast Cancer


One of the most famous people I have ever met -- and a very lovely person at that -- is Shirley Temple Black, who passed in 2014 after making the world better in several areas of using her talents at acting, diplomacy, and just good people skills. She genuinely liked people. I remember her taking time from a busy schedule to spend a break period from language studies to talk to my 10-year-old, a conversation he obviously will never forget, about our planned move to Monterey and about how she loved Monterey so much that she got married there.

I bring her up in the Cancer Diary post because her birthday would be this coming Saturday (April 23, 1928), and, more important, because she was a breast cancer survivor. Her openness about cancer may have saved millions of lives. The more survivors, the more doctors learn. The more survivors, the more hope for others with breast cancer. And the more survivors, the more we realize that breast cancer does not take sides or pick victims -- every woman is at risk, more or less, of developing breast cancer.

Among other famous survivors of breast cancer are

  • Christine Applegate
  • Wendy Sykes
  • Cynthia Nixon
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • and, of course, Betty Ford, who left an impressive legacy in this area, including removing the stigma of breast cancer that existed at the time

Among my friends are many survivors of breast cancer. They are equally famous to me!

We have had and have breast cancer patients in our family -- as a great many families have had. We need to learn and share all we can to make this horrible medical phenomenon go away!

For more posts about breast cancer, click HERE.

Also, Carl's Cancer Compendium, has much information about breast cancer -- what it is, symptoms, treatment, research, resources, and more.

Blog editor's note: As a memorial to Carl, and simply because it is truly needed, MSI Press is now hosting a web page, Carl's Cancer Compendium, as a one-stop starting point for all things cancer, to make it easier for those with cancer to find answers to questions that can otherwise take hours to track down on the Internet and/or from professionals. The web page is in its infancy but expected to expand into robustness. To that end, it is expanded and updated weekly. As part of this effort, each week, on Monday, this blog will carry an informative, cancer-related story -- and be open to guest posts: Cancer Diary. 

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