Cancer, one of the deadliest of diseases that has claimed uncountable lives since the dawn of human civilization, is no respecter of age or class of people. Countless number of individuals throughout the history of mankind, and cutting across all age groups, has succumbed to cancer. But on the other hand, there’ve been innumerable people, who’ve braved the odds in their fight against cancer, sometimes emerging unscathed, and more often than not, in a better shape.
There’ve been numerous celebrities, from all walks of life who’ve battled cancer with extraordinary equanimity and indefatigability. Their survival sagas have not only helped spread awareness about the dreaded disease but have also inspired the common people to not only confront the same but overcome it as well. The following paragraphs detail the enduring stories of some well-known personalities who’ve tackled cancer head-on and survived to tell their tales.
Movie buffs and film aficionados would instantly recognize Anurag Basu as the director of the Bollywood blockbuster ‘Barfi’. However, a majority of these movie lovers may not be aware that Anurag was diagnosed with an acute type of Leukaemia in 2004. He came to know that he was afflicted with the fatal disease when he was directing ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ where oncologists predicted that it’d be a miracle if he could make it to the next year (2005). Nevertheless, he took the devastating piece of news in his stride and not only went on to complete shooting the eponymous movie but also penned scripts for hit movies like ‘Gangster’ and ‘Life in a Metro’.
Sheryl Crow, the celebrated rock ‘n’ roll musician, did not break down when she discovered that she had cancer. Sheryl’s battle with braving ‘carcinoma’ or breast cancer started in 2006 that also inspired her to reassess her life from a new perspective. She figured out what she’d love to do the most if she had only few years left to live, and adopting a baby surely was one of these. And that’s what she did when she took up Wyatt for adoption.
Kylie Minogue is another world-famous vocalist who had to cut short her ‘Showgirl’ world tour in 2005 and seek immediate chemotherapy treatment for carcinoma. She struggled and persevered for one and a half year only to discover that she was misdiagnosed. She waxed eloquently about her comeback odyssey in the ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.
Hugh Jackman, the brash and effusive Hollywood hunk that most would associate with the Batman movie series went for a medical check-up only after his wife requested him to. He had this conspicuous marking on his nose and on diagnosing it was revealed that he had basal cell carcinoma. He took the diagnosis as a challenge and eventually, he got the better of cancer recommending his fans to use sunscreen and get selves routinely checked.
Yuvraj Singh, one of the most accomplished of Indian cricketers confronted cancer in much the way he braved googlies and bouncers from bowlers. His countless fans and admirers prayed for the cricketer’s speedy recovery when it became public knowledge that he was struck with serinoma. He details his experiences of coping with cancer in his biography ‘The Test of My Life’. He re-emerged and went forth to play a Twenty20 match versus New Zealand as well as went on to win the Arjuna Award.
The problem with celebrities is that they are constantly under the glare of the media as well as the public. So their battles with cancer becomes all the more challenging as they can’t afford to go down in history being labelled as ‘escapists’ who could not stand up to the challenges that life presented.