Nothing can humanize glamorous celebrities than life-threatening diseases such as cancer. They are not exempt from the deadly effects of cancer because well, they are still human like us ordinary mortals. Celebrity cancer survivors serve as good role models for others who are struggling to battle the disease. Here are some of Hollywood's most famous women and their remarkable courage to survive and find a cure.
– Cynthia Nixon
Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, managed to keep her disease secret so it would not affect her career. She announced her battle with cancer on Good Morning America and agreed to become the ambassador for the breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
– Edie Falco
Edie was still working on the HBO hit The Sopranos when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. She chose to keep her condition a secret from her cast mates and continued to work with the show.
– Sheryl Crow
Getting diagnosed with breast cancer gave rocker Sheryl Crow a whole new perspective on life. She adopted a baby named Wyatt because she wanted so badly to be a mom.
– Melissa Etheridge
Breast cancer and a bald head did not stop rocker Melissa Etheridge from performing Janis Joplin's Piece of My Heart at the 2005 Grammy Awards. She proudly showed off her smooth head hoping to inspire others who are going through the painful effects of chemotherapy.
– Christina Applegate
The actress courageously went through a double mastectomy to remove the cancerous lumps in her breast. The experience inspired Christina to start a foundation to help patients who cannot afford the cost of MRI.
– Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy's notorious wife fully disclosed her bout with colorectal cancer to the public. Sharon recovered in 2003 thanks to early detection and chemotherapy. She established the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program which helps patients deal with the disease.