October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and organizations all over the world -- like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation -- work hard to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research in hopes of finding a cure.
According to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, it's estimated that this year, 23,800 women and 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada. Although many lives have been taken by this terrible disease, there are so many survivors who provide hope to those still fighting.
In that spirit, we're marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a collection of musicians -- female and male -- who have beaten breast cancer, featuring their music and inspirational words.
"You're stripped down to near zero. But most people come out the other end feeling more like themselves than ever before," said Australian pop star Kylie Minogue to <a href="http://www.sundaytimes.lk/060730/plus/pluspg5.1.htm" target="_blank">The Sunday Times</a>. Video: Kylie Minogue - "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"
"People go through challenging moments of losing people and of having their life threatened from illness and real grief. But they get through it. And that's the testament to the human spirit and it's -- we're fragile, but we also are divine," said Sheryl Crow to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Entertainment/story?id=2159040&page=2" target="_blank">ABC News</a>. Video: Sheryl Crow - "The First Cut Is The Deepest"
"Hair loss is the number one thing that people ask. Not 'am I gonna die?' but 'am I gonna lose my hair?' I never would've considered that. I didn't care. I shaved my hair right away as soon as I was diagnosed. I loved it. Yay, get rid of my Betty Paige haircut. I had it for 20 years," Bif Naked told <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/17/bif-naked-cancer_n_2317503.html" target="_blank">Huffpost Canada Music</a>. Bif Naked - "We Are The Lucky Ones"
"When I found out I had cancer, there were four hours in which I was pounding my head on the marble kitchen top saying, 'I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it.' But then I felt as if this little army in uniform was flooding me. They had come to help me fight it. I felt really strong about it after that. It was one of the strongest periods of my life." -- Carly Simon, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/7347123/Carly-Simon-interview.html" target="_blank">The Telegraph.</a> Video: Carly Simon - "Haven't Got Time For The Pain"
"I did everything I could to take care of myself — body, mind, and spirit. I look at my cancer journey as a gift: It made me slow down and realize the important things in life and taught me to not sweat the small stuff," said Olivia Newton-John to <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/breast-cancer/mylife/olivia-newton-john/questions.aspx" target="_blank">EveryDayHealth.com</a>. Video: Olivia Newton-John - "Rest Your Love On Me"
KISS' Peter Criss
"That is the key: early detection, my friend. The minute you feel something, and I don't care if it's under your arm or your leg or your testicles or behind your ear -– you must tell someone or go to your doctor immediately. Just sitting around, you won't be here next year," said KISS Drummer Peter Criss, who couldn't believe that he was diagnosed with breast cancer, to The Associated Press Video: Kiss - "Beth"
"I learned not to put off happiness until tomorrow, to go after it. I think that’s been the major difference in my life, and I also think it's kept me healthy," Nanci Griffith told <a href="http://archives.nodepression.com/2005/03/if-theres-no-hope-at-the-end-of-it-theres-no-point-in-writing-it/#sthash.wt5nESvK.dpuf" target="_blank">No Depression magazine</a> when asked how beating cancer had changed her life. Video: Nanci Griffith - "From a Distance"
"Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn't afraid of anything anymore. I now have a different relationship with fear. There are only two things in our reality, love and fear. I try to make my choices out of love," Melissa Ethridge said to <a href="http://www.shape.com/celebrities/melissa-etheridge-life-after-breast-cancer" target="_blank">Shape Magazine </a> asked if she was ever afraid that she might die. Video: Melissa Etheridge - "Angels Would Fall"
"I was terrified when the results came back. I was told I had breast cancer, and hearing those words for someone of my age is truly frightening. When I grew up, cancer meant only one thing - death," Marianne Faithfull told <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-439781/Marianne-Faithfull-Ive-given-life-.html#ixzz2hADzRYYO" target="_blank">The Daily Mail</a>. "Having cancer has been one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. But life goes on - and it's up to me to make the most of it." Video: Marianne Faithfull - "Ballad of Lucy Jordan"
"l was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year and am currently in the final stages of recovery after undergoing a double mastectomy. It has been an intense journey but l am feeling great and ready to start the next chapter," revealed <a href="http://www.torontosun.com/2013/10/01/anastacia-undergoes-double-mastectomy" target="_blank">Anastacia in a statement</a>. Video: Anastacia - "I'm Outta Love"
"...There are millions of women who have to deal with this every day. We have to work together here, and it's my responsibility to help them with that," singer and actress Diahann Carroll <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/15/diahann-carroll-breast-cancer_n_3437909.html" target="_blank">told Oprah Winfrey</a>. Video: Diahann Carroll - "Quiet Nights"
"But you know what? My breasts are not my sexuality and never were. Yes, I took my clothes off and there was some element of allure in nudity. But that did not define me. I have no question that were I to engage in a proper relationship I would be no less the person I was before my breast was removed," said singer and writer Marsha Hunt <a href="http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=991&Title=Breast%20Cancer%20-%20Marsha%20Hunt" target="_blank">about her mastectomy</a>. Video: Marsha Hunt - Wild Thing