The example singer’s victory over the cancer is deservedly considered to be the most inspiring and iconic for all women facing breast cancer. Today, years later, Kylie may cry, answering to questions about how she went through all of this. But when breast cancer appeared, she apologized for the cancellation of part of her world tour, and then the singer promised to return to the stage soon. And she kept her word within a year after surgery and chemotherapy.
Superstar status does mean anything in the face of illness. In just a few weeks before she had been diagnosed, Kylie Minogue, feeling ill, took a full medical examination, which, however, did not reveal any serious health problems. In this regard, Kylie, giving an interview, emphasized how it is important to listen to yourself and your body, trust not only doctors but your intuition too. “If you feel that something is wrong, – the singer says, – believe me, your inner voice knows better than doctors. You should find the reason!”
“I am strong, and I can do everything”
37-year-old Australian singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. Minogue has no strength to recover after visiting the doctor. Kylie says: “I remember, I came out of the clinic and went somewhere. I feel completely empty in the head and heavy in the heart.” But a fan distracted the singer from the gloomy thoughts. “A girl ran up to me with a sheet of paper in her hand and she asked me for an autograph. When I put a signature, she gave me an icon on which a smiling heart was depicted. I took the icon from the girl’s hands and she asked to hug me. At that moment I realized that life didn’t stop. I am strong, and I can do everything. By the way, this icon is still with me. Sometimes I cling it on my clothes when I go to a concert or to the meeting with my fans. It has become my talisman. Thank you, girl! I even don’t know the name of this little girl. I really hope to meet her someday. She is an angel! And I am not lying when I say that the angel saved me.”
The fact that she had the breast cancer, Kylie Minogue discovered during a world concert tour. Star had immediately postponed the tour to undergo the surgery and chemotherapy. Concerts were canceled, and the money for the tickets had to be returned to the audience, but fans immediately transferred them to the Fund of struggle against breast cancer. A malignant tumor was found during the examination of singer’s breast, and the size of tumor has already reached 3 cm. The tumor was removed in a hospital of Melbourne in two weeks later. The next year was very difficult for Kylie and her family.
“When the doctor told me the diagnosis, I felt like I’m already dead”- the singer says. However, Kylie Minogue found the strength to fight. “After the treatment I have reviewed my diet – Kylie says. – I refused of hamburgers, sodas, coffee, black tea, meat, and french fries.”
The tumor has been detected rather late that is why the treatment of the disease was not easy. After surgery, the singer had to go through an eight-month course of chemotherapy and then radiation therapy for fixing the results. Kylie looks tired and emaciated on the photos of that period.
“I had always tried to create an optimistic picture. I looked very open. But I felt horror alone with myself. I knew that I had to be strong. And I was very lucky that I was surrounded by people who really loved me. I’m like a cat that has several lives. I made terrible mistakes in my career and personal life. But in the end, the result was not so bad” – Kylie says.
However, future success of the treatment depended, of course, on the doctors. Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer. Surgery and chemotherapy led to hair loss, but fortunately, had a positive effect. As always in the case of tumors, close people and Kylie’s own mental attitude played no less important role. “Anyone who have lived through cancer or other serious diseases need to remember that what has happened to him – was wrong, unjust, should not have happened. If at least some part of you agree and accept what is happening – “if I got it, so it must be this way” – it will be much more difficult for you to continue fighting, it will take more time and effort.” – the singer says. The star admits that the charge of anger and fury that she felt after learning of her diagnosis, not only helped her to overcome the disease, but even it helped her in the work at a new album after recovery. It is only important to correctly identify the object which these emotions will be directed to. It can be only a disease – but not the person, not the circumstances, not the life in general. The cancer – is the only enemy and you should hate it, not to forgive it, not to give it a chance to exist. It is important to extract from everything else only positive emotions, only goodness and love.
Kylie says, “I knew that I have the strength, but when you are fighting with the enemy, which unknown for you, he fight results into the combination of emotions and memories. Years will pass till the doctors will say to you that everything is ok, and the disease is ultimately defeated. But I felt incredibly relieved by the time my hair started to grow again. It was just a miracle!”
The singer visit Sydney Hospital from time to time to support patients in the fight, which she has once won with great difficulty.
“You are able to defeat the cancer”
Miniature Kylie behaved like a real hero and finally the singer was able to overcome the disease. Moreover, the doctors started talking about ‘Kylie effect’ that caused thousands of women around the world to become more attentive to their health and undergo regular inspection.
When answering how she feels now, years later after remission, Kylie Minogue says, “I feel good more often. Sometimes I do not think about what happened to me, sometimes I remember, what I went through both physically and emotionally. Yes, my life has definitely changed, but as I read in a book, “Life will not be normal again, now – is a new normal.” No, you will never come back and you will never be the same person as you were before. There are a lot of reasons for this. But you are who you are now. And it’s necessary to go on with this. And you should always remember – what you once could pass through. That’s what you have done. You were able to do it”.
And she really did it. Minogue underwent the surgery to remove the mammary glands, underwent a course of chemotherapy. She appeared in public in bandanas to hide thinning hair. During treatment, the singer was very thin and weighed only 38 kilograms. The paparazzi did not cease to pursue Minogue even in the most difficult moments. It went so far that Prime Minister of the state intervened. He promised to punish severely the journalists for invasion in privacy of Minogue family.
The disease has changed Kylie a lot: “I became wiser, more tolerant, less demanding. I am very happy because I have a person who respects and loves me for who I am. He doesn’t care whether I look pretty or I just woke up and tousled. Sometimes I have an incomprehensible reflection, and I begin to torture myself with questions: “Who am I?”, “What do I want?”, “Where am I going? Over time, people forget about it, but not me. I remember everything what has happened to me. It’s enough to take one look in the mirror and I see all the scars that disease left me. There are days when I feel such a rage about the thought of why this had to happen to me. But mostly, I thank my destiny that I have been able to cope with the breast cancer” – Kylie confesses.
The first thing that the singer made after recovery – she established Charity Foundation for struggling against breast cancer. The stereotype, that breast cancer is a problem of older women, was still strong, so Kylie began an active public campaign against breast cancer, and attracted a lot of women’s attention to this problem. The donations for breast cancer research and support for cancer patients increased significantly and the number of women, who have decided to visit a mammologist, increased in several times. “It’s absolutely real challenge to overcome the breast cancer taking into account the present level of medicine development. It is important at what stage the disease will be found – Kylie says. – Every woman older than 40 years old should regularly come to the clinic for an examination. It’s the only way to save the life and health.”
Now all the troubles are in the past. Kylie has coped with the disease. After the treatment Kylie renewed the tour, and the first thing she did – was the concert in her native Australia, simultaneously celebrating the triumph over the beast cancer. Fans cried on her first solo concert after the disease… A woman, who looks like a Barbie doll, impressed the whole world with her courage. She did it with nor a groan or a complaint. Only optimistic interview, filled with a reassuring smile. Only hope for the best and the belief that everything will be ok. And it happened so.