Did you read that Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with a brain tumor? I saw the headline on Yahoo yesterday and I immediately thought she was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Thankfully, it’s not.
Here’s your breast cancer lesson for today. Once you are diagnosed with breast cancer there is always a chance that it can come back as metastatic cancer. It doesn’t matter if you had that tumor removed or underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment. There is always a chance that those original breast cancer cells have survived. When breast cancer comes back, it tends to show up in specific areas of the body: the chest wall, lymph nodes, bones, lungs, liver, and brain. So let’s say it comes back in the brain. That patient is then diagnosed as having metastatic breast cancer of the brain.
Naturally, when I saw “Sheryl Crow Brain Tumor” trending, I thought for sure it was metastasis. Her rep’s say that the “condition…is very common” and that the meningioma tumor is indeed benign. What I find totally ridiculous though is Crow’s own statement. She said “I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor.”
I bothers me that her “condition” is so simplified.
This is one of the few times I would like to see a celebrity use their platform. I want Sheryl Crow to talk about the emotional roller coaster of what it means to be a cancer survivor. I want her to talk about how every ache and pain brings fear that cancer has spread. If you’re worried enough to get a MRI, you’re worried that it’s metastasis. I would just like to hear her say that – instead of reducing it to her concern over memory loss. As a cancer survivor myself, I need a public figure to give validity to the very real feelings I – and others – deal with.
Be it cancer, depression, dyslexia, anxiety or whatever else – do you think celebrities have a responsibility to be totally transparent to the public?