Breast cancer is an equal opportunity disease. The rich, famous, and talented are as likely to get it as is a school secretary or stay-at-home mom. Nancy Reagan and Maura Tierney (who was HER2+) are just two of many famous women who survived breast cancer.
In some ways, it would be harder on them. None of us want to lose our breasts or hair, but for a woman in the public eye, who makes her living on her body, these things can mean a loss of income and possibly even a loss of career.
In same ways, it's exactly the same. Fame and money can't protect them from the worry of relapse, for the monitoring and scans that will go on for years.
In some ways though, they have it a bit easier. The money that comes with a successful entertainment career can buy things that most can't afford. Sheryl Crow has always had a personal chef, but now she is able to have him make her very healthy cancer fighting meals in the hopes of preventing a relapse.
While few of us have the money to hire a chef, we can cook healthy and there is no better time to begin than post-treatment. Sheryl Crow and her chef, Chuck White, have published a cookbook full of meals that are healthy for everyone, and they consulted a nutritionist, who made sure that the recipes are balanced for cancer survivors.
I was given a copy, and have made several of the recipes. The recipes in this book are exactly the way I like to eat. Each dish is wholesome, full of flavor, and has farm-fresh ingredients that are easily found in every community. Best of all, most are not time-consuming to prepare, and are kid friendly. Cheryl Crow is a mom before an entertainer, and it shows in the recipes selected for this book.
The book is filled with over 125 seasonal, locally grown and delicious recipes. Also included are photos, stories about life on the road as an entertainer, as well as being a mom.
Recipes are organized by season, so you are assured to have the right ingredients when they are fresh.
I've read this book from cover to cover, and have made several of the recipes. I highly recommend it.
And, one of my fantastic, wonderful readers can win one!
All you have to do is post a comment about whether your eating habits have changed since your cancer diagnosis. Or if you have not been diagnosed with cancer, maybe share a healthful recipe or link to one. I will randomly select from one of the comments, and St. Martins Press will ship out a book to the winner.
This contest is open only to US and Canada residents.
It's a good book. I promise. Sheryl sounds like a nice person.
And, since there can only be one winner, the rest of you will receive an exclusive recipe from the book!
Post your comment below by Saturday, May 21st, and I will announce the winner on Sunday as well share the recipe. Good luck!
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I live with metastatic breast cancer. .
I was diagnosed 2009 with Stage 2 Her2+ breast cancer. Mastectomy followed, 6 rounds of chemo and a year of herceptin. A few months after I finished, cancer was found in my liver-incurable. I've done chemo after chemo, has my liver partially removed and did cyber knife radiation. Like all metsters, I'll be on treatment until I die.
I'm a former High School Secretary, wife, and mother of two great sons.
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