'Having had cancer, one important thing to know is you're still the same person at the end. You're stripped down to near zero. But most people come out the other end feeling more like themselves than ever before'
~ Kylie Minogue
"Diagnosed with early stage cancer at the age of 36, it was inconceivable to think that Australia’s most famous and endearing daughter has been struck down with the disease. After a lumpectomy and a partial mastectomy, Kylie underwent a gruelling six-month course of chemotherapy in Paris where she withdrew into her own private world to cope with her illness. A pale and gaunt figure, the treatment took its toll. She dug deep, fought her battle and won. Her dignity and strength made her a source of inspiration to all breast cancer sufferers the world over. Kylie’s recovery is remarkable and she has had a hugely beneficial effect raising awareness of breast cancer and focussing women’s attention on their own health and well being. An Australian study found that thanks to the media coverage of Kylie’s encounter with breast cancer, the number of women booking themselves in for breast screenings increased 20-fold. It is hoped that this will reduce the number of deaths caused by the disease. For the best chance of recovery, it is vital to catch breast cancer in its early stages. Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October brings home to all of us the ordeal breast cancer sufferers go through and Kylie’s diagnosis has helped to highlight the issues that ordinary people have to deal with and the horror that is the disease. Kylie has words of encouragement to everyone who is going through the trauma of treatment; “I love to say you can get through it. You can.”
Article taken from the Pink Ribbon Foundation Survivor Stories.