How Two Rock Stars Overcame Breast Cancer

Music legends Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge have a lot in common. They were both born in the Midwest, growing up in Missouri and Kansas. Both have won multiple Grammys (Crow, 9, and Etheridge, 2). Unfortunately, they also shared the harrowing experience all middle-aged women dread – breast cancer. Melissa felt a lump on her breast sending her to the doctor while Sheryl's doctor did not like what he saw on a routine mammogram. They had caught Sheryl's cancer early enough for her to decide on a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. Melissa was already stage 2 and needed a double mastectomy. Although they both approached their treatments and recoveries differently, each persevered and are back on stage. When they are not busy rockin', both women work tirelessly to educate others in the fight against breast cancer.

Crow and Etheridge claim share three tricks to beating cancer-

1) Eat healthy:

Sheryl says to stay away from the junk

Melissa warns against sugar, red meat, dairy, wheat and gluten.

2) Exercise and make sure it's a rewarding experience:

Sheryl always worked out but now does her exercise with her kids on the trampoline or swimming in the pool.

Melissa encourages walks everyday when she's not taking Pilates, yoga or kickboxing.

3) Learn to relax:

Sheryl does mindful meditation because she believes the body functions better when relaxed.

Melissa states it more strongly. If you're on the edge, you're at risk. "Stress is the formula for cancer."

Crow and Etheridge learned a lot about their tribulations of enduring cancer, especially about happiness which lies within. Their music portrays the same outlook.

Crow quotes, "It took having cancer for me to realize that happiness is something I have to cultivate in myself." This mantra shouldn't surprise fans of Crow's as she alludes to this mantra in her 2002 hit “Soak Up The Sun." Sheryl has always had the outlook of living in the present. The present moment is the only thing given to us and doesn't cost us anything.

I'm gonna soak up the sun, it's still free, I'm gonna soak up the sun, Before it goes out on me.

While Crow wrote that song before cancer, Melissa Etheridge wrote a more biopic “I Run for Life" the year following her cancer. The powerful chorus captures her constant motion towards what motivates her to keep living.

I run for hope, I run to feel, I run for the truth, For all that is real, I run for your mother your sister your wife, I run for you and me my friend: I run for life.

For more on Sheryl and Melissa and their beating cancer, check out AARP The Magazine.

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