Celebrities with cancer help us realize our potential

I am grateful for celebrities who have been public about their own experiences with cancer. They bring attention to symptoms and prevention and sometimes raise research dollars. Celebrities put a face on cancer. Admittedly, their faces are generally better looking than mine, but knowing that a successful, attractive woman has the same cancer that I have is empowering.

If you've had a mastectomy, I suspect it is comforting, to know that a woman considered "beautiful" and "sexy" by the public at large has also had a mastectomy. And, seeing a celebrity function after having been disfigured or disabled by cancer is downright inspiring.

They help those of us with cancer realize the potential of life despite this awful disease, show us how to bear the limitations with grace, and make difficult conversations easier to participate in.

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