Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Celebrities with Cancer............Part 1

Lisa Ray declared few weeks back on her blog that she is battling an incurable bone marrow cancer called multiple myeloma. The news shocked me as she was my first memorable crush and still is. I first saw her in Nusarat Fateh Ali Khan’s Music Video ‘Afreen’. And Aafreen she is. She did some awful movies in bollywood after that and moved to international movies and did well for herself. This will be really hard for her. But I am sure she will fight hard against the cancer and prolong her life as much as possible. May god give her Strength..

After knowing about Lisa Ray’s cancer troubles, I tried to find out other celebrities who were hit by cancer and I am listing all of them here. Some of them succumbed to death but some come out as winner.

Lance Armstrong

He is an American cyclist. After surviving a bout with testicular cancer, he won the Tour de France five consecutive times (from 1999 to 2003). His story inspires lot of cancer patients to survive and conquer the world.

Robert De Niro

He is an American actor. Noted for his commitment to his roles, he is also known as perfectionist. He won the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in “Raging Bul”l and Best Supporting Actor for “The Godfather, Part II.” He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 60.

Walt Disney

He was an American animated film producer and the creator of an American-based theme park called Disneyland and the billion-dollar corporation The Walt Disney Company. He died of complications from lung cancer on December 15, 1966.

Feroz Khan

The ultimate Bollywood style icon of yesteryears and a veteran actor lost his battle against cancer. The flamboyant actor had been fighting cancer for almost a year and died at the age of 69 in his farmhouse in Bangalore.

Catherine Lisa Bell

She is an English-born American actress known for her role of Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie of the television show JAG from 1997 to 2005. Currently she stars in the Lifetime Television hit series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood. When she was in her 20s, she had thyroid cancer and had to have her thyroid removed. She doesn't cover the scar on her neck because she "thinks it's kind of cool". She is all cleared with cancer now but she has to take a pill everyday for rest of her life.

Steve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs is an American businessman, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. In mid-2004, Jobs announced to his employees that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. The prognosis for pancreatic cancer is usually very grim. Jobs underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy (or "Whipple procedure") in July 2004 that appeared to successfully remove the tumor.

Patrick Wayne Swayze

He was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost. He was named by People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991. Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008. He continued acting until 2009, when he became too ill to do so he died on September 14, 2009 from the disease.

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